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M/F- PhD on the Development of a radiofrequency instrumentation for application in the agriculture of precision

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UPR8001-KATGRE-006
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Katia Grenier and David Dubuc
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Context. The dielectric spectroscopy is an attractive characterization technique as intrinsically non-destructive and contactless. Consequently, the possible application areas of this technology are diverse, from biology for non-invasive detection of cancer, to agriculture with, for example, the analysis of the moisture content of granular compounds.

Abstract: The PhD, conducted within a large international European project, is focused on the development of a new radiofrequency (RF – microwave range) dielectric spectroscopy instrumentation dedicated to the analysis of targeted agricultural entities. It will involve the development and optimization of a radiofrequency detection device, to be fitted with the objects to evaluate, the development of metrology, followed by the validation of instrument operation in laboratory conditions and in real situations.

This project combines interdisciplinary skills in the areas of radiofrequency (microwave electromagnetic modeling), instrumentation (acquisition and processing of signals / RF parameters) and agriculture (biological entities to be analyzed) to develop a functional system at the end of PhD. It will be evaluated in lab and also in real condition.

Profile : The candidate should present an electrical engineering or physical background, with a strong interest in interdisciplinary researchs. A good expertise in radiofrequencies and microwaves is highly recommended. Due to the regular European consortium meetings during the PhD, speaking the English language fluently is strongly requested.

Work Context

Location : LAAS-CNRS, MH2F team, Toulouse, France. The High Frequency and Fluidic Micro nanosystems team -MH2F- is located at LAAS in Toulouse, a CNRS laboratory, which has one of the 5 major micro- and nano-technologies clean room of France. Its expertise covers the miniaturization of RF systems as well as the operation of RF signals for new biological assay systems at the tissue, cellular and molecular levels. The team is strongly involved in the committee dedicated to "Biological Effect and Medical Applications of RF and Microwave" of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. The technical skills of members MH2F team cover the fields of design and RF metrology as well as of micro and nanotechnologies.

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