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Funded positions are available at the M.A.Sc and PhD levels for January, May and September 2018

I have funding for students in the following areas:
  • Energy efficient short-reach VCSEL-based optical links.
  • Analog and mixed-signal design for contactless ECG systems.
  • Other wireline communication topics.
I am part of submitted applications for funds in the following areas:
  • Mixed-signal SOC design for avionic systems. 
  • Mixed-signal implementations of spiking neural networks.
The process for joining my research group is as follows:
  1. Apply! If the topics above are of interest to you and you are a good fit with the projects, you can put me down as a potential supervisor.
  2. Write to me to let me know that your application is complete. Indicate the program to which you have applied and the admission term. There is no need to email me a bunch times!
  3. If your application is one of the strongest, I will contact you to arrange an interview.
Are you a good fit? I am looking for:
  • For PhD admission: An MASc degree in which you did transistor-level analog or mixed-signal design. For MASc admission: Strong command of MOSFET fundamentals.
  • Strong GPA from past degree(s).
  • Foundation in signals and systems, electronics, circuit analysis and device physics.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written form.
Why join this research group?
  • Not too big, not too small. Big enough to have a critical mass of great students, but small enough to get sufficient guidance from your supervisor.
  • Most projects have exciting collaboration with industry and/or other universities. 
  • Like most schools in Canada, we have access to industry-grade CAD tools and chip fabrication. Students are seeing their designs on the bench!
Interview philosophy:
I put a heavy emphasis on a prospective student's ability to demonstrate expertise in a technical phone/skype/in-person interview. Why? Because that's the most egalitarian way to evaluate someone. I could refuse admission to anyone who has not attended the most famous university in a particular country. However, my students can go toe-to-toe against students from the most famous schools in the world. If I want them to be evaluated based on their technical skills, I had better consistently apply this philosophy when interviewing prospective students.

For more information on past and on-going research projects, please see the Research page or look for our papers in IEEE Xplore or on google scholar.
 
Please apply before you write to me. I will contact you so we can arrange an interview, either in person at Concordia or via Skype. I do get inquiries by email daily, and cannot reply individually to prospective students who have not applied to Concordia. Apply to Concordia and then send me an email to let me know that all your documents are submitted.