"At Spirit Semiconductor our approach is intelligent innovation, fast implementation and strong team collaboration. "

Spirit Semiconductor

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Reading or Leeds

Summer placements only

* (1) Students must be in the penultimate year of their degree

2021/22 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Spirit Semiconductor is a UK based company, founded by experts in the RF semiconductor industry. We are focused on developing high-performance RF products to support the rapid roll out of 5G massive MIMO (mMIMO), small cell base stations and other markets requiring high performance solutions.

At Spirit Semiconductor our approach is intelligent innovation, fast implementation and strong team collaboration. We are an aggressive, fast-moving group that is focused on developing compelling products that meet our customers’ needs and timescales, while maintaining a strong team ethic and collaborative spirit. We believe in developing a balanced team that has all levels of experience and fostering an environment where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Founded in 2020, we have grown to over 22 people actively engaged in development of RF integrated circuits using Silicon and III-V semiconductor technologies, with offices in Reading and Leeds.

Lab setup at Spirit Semiconductor

What you could be doing during your work placement

Students will work as part of the product development team on real products. This could involve exposure to:

  • RF MMIC design using Cadence and ADS design tools
  • PCB design and assembly for evaluation of IC prototypes
  • Complex RF measurements using state of the art instruments such as Vector Network Analysers and Spectrum Analysers
  • Lab automation programming

You will be assigned a mentor who will guide and support you through your project assignment.

Meet one of our Engineers

Name:

Yashar

Job title:

RF System Engineer

About me

I received my PhD in Telecommunication Engineering at Cardiff university and I focused on development of RF measurement and modelling techniques. I am now working as an RF System Engineer at Spirit Semiconductor, and I am responsible for characterising different products of our company and developing production test system.

In my personal time, I am interested in hiking, catch up with friends, and travelling.

And another…

Name:

Shane

Job title:

GaAs Designer

About me

In 2020, I graduated with my Master of Engineering degree in Telecommunications and Radiofrequency technology. Whilst working towards my Masters degree, I was a Microwave Engineer apprentice at Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse, France. During that time, I built my competence as an RF designer and my skills in the lab.

At Spirit Semiconductor, my role is a GaAs Designer. My day-to-day activities are helping the team design our next RF product, IC design to the laminate design, and also helping in the lab to characterise the performance of our products.

My interests are technology in general, sports (basketball, rugby, cycling) and travelling.