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

Organizational unit

Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

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.

Starting date

as soon as possible

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)

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.

Ausschreibungsnummer: IPE 14-20

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


Personnel Support is provided by:
Ms Schaber
Phone: +49 721 608-25184,

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