University of Alberta

Senior Microwave Engineer

ENG Mechanical Engineering

Competition No.  -    A106731826
Closing Date  -    Mar 17, 2017

The Intelligent Wireless Technology (IWT) laboratory of Professor Pedram Mousavi in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for a Research Associate.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will conduct high quality research and engineering design in the area of radio frequency & microwave antenna, sensors, and power transfer systems involving design, fabrication and characterization. The successful candidate will have exceptional experience and knowledge in electrical engineering and high frequency circuits, antennas, sensors, power & data transfer, and 3D printing of electronic circuits.

Duties include:

  • Uses knowledge to conduct experiments and support the publications of IWT in the areas listed under the Qualifications section
  • Conducts experiments using related CAD software and design tools, including Keysight ADS, Altium Designer and Full EM simulators, such as ANSYS HFSS or CST Microwave Studio
  • Facilitates interaction with manufacturers and industrial partners to produce the fabrication of high quality electronic circuits and mechanical parts for projects
  • Evaluates and characterizes RF/Microwave systems to provide documented research results
  • Studies the feasibility of sensors and high frequency systems for harsh environments, documents results and provides information for publications
  • Provides research data to contribute to publications using system level design and validation of high efficiency power transfer systems in harsh environments
  • Uses RF technologies such as CMOS and GaAs technologies to support the research
  • Provides technical support for other researchers and graduate students
  • Performs measurements of the fabricated circuits and debugging for compliance with specified standards and requirements
  • Prepares test setups and test procedures for measurement of millimeter-wave circuits using probe station and mmW test equipment to support laboratory work with students, graduate students and the research group
  • Responsible for setting up test beds for transceiver's testing using modulated signals and mm-wave test equipment
  • Under the direction of IWT, responsible for the maintenance of the mm-wave test equipment and the training of students using it
  • Provides technical support for researchers and designers with mm-wave circuits and subsystems
  • Publishes new scientific results and achievements in high quality peer reviewed journals and conferences


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in high frequency circuit design is required
  • Greater than 5 years experience in electrical engineering, high frequency circuits, power supply electronic circuits, power amplifier linearization and digital signal processing
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in each of the following areas: Field of electronic circuits and high frequency circuit design; Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) design and test; Millimeter-wave (mmW) circuit design, fabrication and measurement; Design of wireless and single wire power transfer systems; RF & microwave sensors design; Design and evaluation of telecommunication systems; 3-D printing of antennas and sensors; Design of high frequency power amplifiers and matching circuits; Linearization techniques for power amplifiers; Designing mechanical parts used in electronic circuits (base, box, heat spreaders); Using high frequency test and measurement equipment such as Impedance tuners (Load-Pull setup), Vector Network Analyzers (VNA), Vector Signal Generators (VSG), Vector Signal Analyzers (VSA), RF power meters and DC power supplies
  • Excellent project management and communication skills

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term of approximately 3 years, with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary rang of $57, 350 to $78,866. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.