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Prof. José M. de la Rosa will give a lecture within the IEEE-CASS RS Talks cycle entitled "Analog / Digital Interfaces in the Era of Digital Transformation". The conference will be broadcast live on YouTube.
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October 30, 2020 · 17:30h (Europe/Madrid Time, UTC+1)
♦ Pre-Doctoral Position
PhD grant position founded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Research Project: 'The Variability Challenge in Nano-CMOS: from Device Modeling to IC Design for Mitigation and Exploitation (VIGILANT)' [Nº Ref. PID2019-103869RB-C31].
Contact persons:
Dr. Francisco V. Fernandez ‹ pacovuses ›
Dr. Rafael Castro López ‹ castroimse-cnmcsices ›
Submission dates: 13/10/2020 to 27/10/2020.
♦ Pre-Doctoral Position
PhD grant position founded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Research Project: 'Millimeter-sized Implant with embedded Responsive Artificial intelligence for Brain disorder Assistance (MIRABRAS)' [Ref. PID2019-110410RB-I00].
Contact person:
Dr. Manuel Delgado-Restituto ‹ mandelimse-cnmcsices ›
Submission dates: 13/10/2020 to 27/10/2020.
♦ Pre-Doctoral Position
PhD grant position founded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Research Project: 'Cognitive Radio Digitizers for IoT Nodes (CORDION)' [Ref. PID2019-103876RB-I00].
Contact person:
Dr. José M. de la Rosa ‹ jrosaimse-cnmcsices ›
Submission dates: opens on 13/10/2020 / closes on 27/10/2020.
♦ Pre-Doctoral Position
A pre-doctoral position funded by the 'Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación' linked to the NANO-MEM subproject is open.
Contact person:
Dr. Teresa Serrano ‹ tereseimse-cnmcsices ›
The application is open for October 13 - October 27, 2020.

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