High reliability RF to flexible circuit interconnections resilient to classical wash cycles

Organization
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Reference Code
IC-17-27
How to Apply

Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the on-line application system.  Please note: your resume/CV may not exceed 2 pages.

Complete your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant.

Application Deadline
3/31/2017 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Modern electronic systems including antennas, power sources, and displays require integration into garments/military load bearing equipment etc. As such, a key enabling technology will be robust and integrated electrical and RF interconnection systems able to survive harsh use environments, and also laundering/garment washing cycles. It is therefore proposed that research and development be undertaken to augment/supersede classical coaxial interconnects.

Example Approaches:

Successful research could look to develop a new generation of interconnects based around circuit board to transmission line direct and capacitive coupling techniques by exploring some of the following:
  • Stitched Interconnect
  • Ultrasonic Welding
  • Conformal Coating
  • Laser Cutting
  • Conductive Threads
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other (8 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )