Electromechanical Modeling and Design
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 1/25/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Electromechanical Modeling and Design of MEMS Resonant Gyroscopes and PiezoMEMS Tunable RF Passives ARL is seeking a qualified candidate to address electromechanical modeling and MEMS design of resonant gyroscopes and PiezoMEMS tunable RF Passive devices. The Research Opportunity includes electromechanical device modeling and validation of Coriolis-force based MEMS gyroscopes to support efforts to increase the accuracy, duration and robustness of position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solutions for size, weight, power, processing and cost constrained applications. The expected effort should address the development of robust and accurate equivalent circuit models of MEMS resonant designs accounting for detailed device geometry; novel materials such as thin film piezoelectrics like lead zirconate titanate; loss mechanisms such as material losses, anchor loss, thermo-elastic dissipation, and viscous damping; and device non-idealities such as geometry asymmetries. Familiarity with MEMS resonant device characterization methods and network analysis is also required. In addition, the Research Opportunity includes the development of advanced MEMS-based tunable RF passives and related circuits. The effort requires electromechanical and RF MEMS device design, characterization, and analysis of lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) based PiezoMEMS tunable passive devices and circuits to support research efforts on technologies to enable frequency agile operation of cognitive radio frequency systems. The expected effort should address the development of PZT-based MEMS varactors; tunable inductors; and related circuits including tunable RF filters and reconfigurable RF matching networks. Proficiency with piezoelectric MEMS actuation, RF network analysis, RF passive design, filter and resonator design, and RF device characterization is required.

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Design
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 1/25/2019

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Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

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