Vacancy No. IPE 14-20

IPE 14-20 Bachelor- or Masterthesis: Physics/Electrical Engineering Development of an FPGA readout card for real-time data acquisition and processing

Job description

IPE has developed a high-performance PCIe readout card for a broad range of applications ranging from photon-science and electron beam diagnostics to high-energy physics experiments. The next generation of this card should combine high-performance digital and radio frequency circuits. Our concept uses the latest RFSoC Zynq FPGA family and emerging optical data-links. In this thesis you will develop the PCB of readout card, schematics, layout and the System-on-Chip (SoC). You will gain in-depth knowledge in the design and commissioning of recent cutting-edge electronic board design for applications in data acquisition.

Personal qualification

Your tasks: 

  • Design of the schematics of PCIe readout card with a RFSoC Zynq FPGA
  • Layout of the readout card
  • Development of the System-on-Chip ARM firmware

The thesis will be embedded in the DAQ group at IPE. Frequent internal design reviews with our experts will ensure a fast learning curve on required high-speed board design issues.

Your Skills:

  • Knowledge in C and Verilog/VHDL (basic)
  • Embedded and hardware programming (better but not required
  • Previous experience with developing for a Xilinx Zynq SoC (better but not required)
Organizational unit

Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract Duration

limited regarding study regulations

Contact person in line-management

Dr.-Ing. Michele Caselle (IPE) (0721 / 608 25903), email:


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number IPE 14-20.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Schaber
phone: +49 721 608-25184,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.