Prospective Applicants

Welcome


I am always interested to hear from talented, qualified, and dedicated M.E.Sc, Ph.D., and Postdoctoral Fellow applicants from all around the world who are interested to join my research group in the Implantable Systems Laboratory (ISL) at Western.

However, availability of these research positions depends on the current funding and on status of my current students. Therefore, before contacting me please do read the Current Openings and FAQ sections below.

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Current Openings


For the current school year 2016/17 there are no new positions available.

FAQ


Q: What is your research program all about?

A: My research program is specifically about the design of analog and  radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC)  in modern CMOS technologies. Thus, it includes all aspects of the design process, that is, the mathematical and behavioural modelling, transistor level circuit design, analog layout design, and  the experimental verification of the manufactured IC.


Q: In what applications those IC may be used?

A: My current research project is focused on design of ultra small, low-power implantable wireless telemetry systems.


Q: What is typical academic background of students being accepted into your research group?

A: Aside from holding the required academic credentials, most importantly, the potential candidates should have solid academic and/or industrial background in analog microelectronics, solid state physics, semiconductor technologies, and analog/RF circuit design at the transistor level.

In addition, solid background in mathematics and electromagnetics is a great advantage.


Q: Am I going to receive financial support?

A: Currently, all of my graduate students receive full scholarship that is sufficient to cover their tuition fees plus the average student living expenses. Each accepted M.E.Sc.  student receives full scholarship over the period of two years (i.e. 6 semesters), and each accepted Ph.D. student receives full scholarship over the period of four years (i.e. 12 semesters). In order to be eligible for scholarship the applicants must have average mark over 78% (after scaled to Western marking system), I can not accept students who are ineligible for the full scholarship.


Q: I have my family (e.g. wife, kids, parents...). Is my scholarship sufficient to financially support my family as well?

A: No. The amount of the received money is sufficient to cover the tuition fees and living expenses (i.e. rent, food) for only one person. Please keep in mind that Canada is developed country and the living expenses are relatively high.


Q: I have financial support from my government, will you accept me?

A: Yes, but only if your academic background is as described above.


Q: How do I apply for your research group?

A: If you believe that you are qualified, you need to formally apply on-line and to contact the graduate assistant for further instructions. For all graduate programs at Western Engineering there are three entry points per year: fall semester (starting in September), winter semester (starting in January), and summer semester (starting in May), you can apply to enter at any of them.

In your application you should indicate that you want to work with me. Once your application is received and was evaluated as eligible for the full scholarship, I will review it again. If you are shortlisted I will contact you back by email to arrange for the technical interview.


Q: Can I contact you directly by email?

A: Yes, but only if you believe that your qualifications are good match to the required academic background as described above.

Please note that even if you contact me by email  I am not be able to give you any formal evaluation and/or offer before you have already finished the online application process.

In your email you should include:

  1. Bullet your academic credentials;

  2. Bullet your Research Statement letter where you should briefly outline all of your academic and technical skills that you believe are applicable to my research project, and how did you reach that conclusion;

  3. Bullet if you have academic publications and/or patents, please include their soft copy; and

  4. Bullet please mention this web page.


Please note that you will receive my answer by email only if your background is of interest to me and if I have available positions at the time.


Q: What happens to your students after graduation?

A: So far, all of my graduated students either joined the leading semiconductor companies in North America, or were accepted into higher academic programs either at Western or other universities around the world.