Doctoral Program in Electronic Engineering


Electronic Engineering is a key enabling discipline which is involved in main research and development fields of current societies. Continuous evolving of this discipline is in the heart of the extraordinary development of many fields of modern life, as communications society, biomedical and scientific applications, industry processes, energy processing and others.

Currently, many public and private entities are interested in researchers and specialists in the field of electronic engineering. These specialists are called to play a relevant role in the sphere of research activities on electronic engineering, ranging from research management, team leadership, consulting or freelance activity. Accordingly, training of specialists on electronics engineering at the highest level is a current demand of modern societies.

The hallmark of the program over time has been the intense cooperation with companies of the electronic field as Bosch, Siemens, Analog Devices or Texas Instruments. This cooperation often has fostered many professional opportunities for the PhD students. Moreover, several spin off (Bioingeniería Aragonesa, EPIC Power), have been leaded by researchers of the program. This active cooperation has been combined with an intense research activity in the fields of domotics and home appliances and, as consequence, the University of Zaragoza was for two consecutive years (2014 and 2014) the “Most Prolific Scientific Research Institutions in Home Appliances” of the Thomson Reuters’s “The State of Innovation Report”.

The PhD Program in Electronic Engineering was firstly launched in 1985 under the old regulation of the doctorate studies (RD 185/1985). Part of this Program consisted of a learning period which was the origin of the current Master’s of Electronic Engineering, of 60 ECTS, providing direct access to the Program. Currently, the PhD program corresponds to the updating of this program under the current regulations (RD 99/2011).

The PhD Program in Electronic Engineering is managed by the University of Zaragoza and involves several knowledge areas:

Electronic Technology
Applied Physics

The PhD Program in Electronic Engineering also involves two faculties of the University of Zaragoza, placed in two campuses:

Engineering and Architecture School

Science Faculty


Office of academic services:

Secretaría del Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica y Comunicaciones
Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura
Campus Río Ebro, C/María de Luna, 1. 50018 Zaragoza

Phone: +34 976 761948


PhD Program and academic information:

Jesús Acero

Phone: +34 976 762857


Students with specific disability needs:
Students with special education needs derived from specific disabilities will follow the same admission procedure than the others.

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program will evaluate each case and will put student in touch with the University Office of Disability Care where qualified technicians will be in charge of providing the student with specific tools for her specific educational needs.

Basic Competences

The students of the program acquire the basic competences indicated in article 5 of Royal Decree 99/2011 on doctorate. They are the following:

  1. Systematic understanding of their field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  2. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  3. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  4. Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  5. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  6. Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.

Personal Abilities and Skills

The RD 99/2011 highlights the high professional training of doctors in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. Therefore, the doctors of the program will have acquired, at least, personal skills and abilities to:

  1. Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  2. Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  3. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  4. Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  5. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgements with limited information.
  6. The criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

Other Competences, specific to the program

CT01 - Ability to develop research activity with civil responsibility and scientific honesty.

Access and Admission


The requirements for access to doctorate studies are set in RD 99/2011 and can be consulted in the corresponding Instruction of the Doctorate School (pdf). In general, an official Spanish Bachelor's and Master's degrees or equivalent are required, with a minimum global extension of 300 ECTS credits.

Candidates with university degrees issued by a country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) may request admission directly (info). If the degree is issued by a country outside the EHEA, the application for access with a non-homologated foreign degree must be submitted (info).

Those interested can expand their information in the administrative section of the Doctoral School (web) or the administration of the program (see contact data in the program general information section).


The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis director. In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or partial time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.

If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, the admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.

Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.

For all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic tutelage.

Information specific to the program

Candidates for the PhD program in Electronic Engineering are not required to pass specific tests or exams to be accepted.

Applications to the Program should be addressed to the Academic Committee according to the procedure and schedule of In the applications, candidates should include the following information:

• Application form:

• CV of the candidate including the university degrees, courses and experience in the field of electronics.

• In the case of part-time studies, a justification letter including the activities programed to be carried out at the same time of the PhD studies.

• Special education needs derived from specific disabilities.

 Apart from this information, candidates can be required to make an appointment in order to evaluate its interest for the different research lines with the purpose of preliminary assigning an advisor.

In view of the presented documentation, the Academic Committee will conclude if the candidate is eligible for the Program. This decision will be adopted according to the following criteria:

• Academic degrees, according to the preferred degrees listed below.

• Academic record of the candidate. It is considered appropriate an average grade of 1.6 points with respect to 4.

Both aspects will be equally considered to make the final decision.

Preferred list of degrees with a weighting factor for the case of having more applications than positions:

-Master's in Electronic Engineering (x 1)
-Master's in Industrial Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (x 0.75)
-Master's in Telecommunication Engineering (x 0.75)

Candidates having these degrees do not require extra training complements.

Training Complements

In order to properly acquire the abilities provided by the Program, candidates must have solid and wide knowledge (master level) in the following fields:

- Analog electronics

- Digital electronics.

- Power electronics

- Electronic instrumentation.

Depending on the profile of the candidate and its previous experience, the Academic Committee can assign up to 30 ECTS of training complements in the mentioned fields. These complements will be mainly assigned from the subjects of the Master of Electronic Engineering of the University of Zaragoza.

Thesis Supervision

The procedures for the supervision of doctoral students are set in article 11 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies. The doctoral student admitted to the program has to enrol each academic year in academic tutelage at the University of Zaragoza. The Academic Committee of the program will assign a Thesis Director and a tutor, who may or may not be the same. The Thesis Director will be the person in charge of the overall management of the doctoral student's research tasks, of the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, of the impact and novelty in his/her field of the subject of the doctoral thesis and of the guide in other projects and activities where the doctoral student is involved. The tutor is responsible for the adaptation of the training and the research activity to the principles of the program and the Doctoral School and will ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee of the program, the body responsible for supervising the progress of the research and training and the authorization of the thesis presentation of each doctoral student of the program.

The supervisory functions of the doctoral students will be documented in the Doctorate Letter which, once the registration is made, will be signed by the doctoral student, its tutor and its director, the program coordinator and the director of the Doctoral School. Those interested can expand the information on the thesis supervision in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Follow-up of the Doctoral Student

The follow-up of the training process leading to the presentation of the doctoral thesis is carried out through the research plan and the doctoral student's document of activities. The research plan is presented before the end of the first year of enrolment and includes, at least, the methodology to be used and the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the temporal planning to achieve it. The plan may be improved and detailed later and must be endorsed by the Director and the tutor. The document of activities is the register of all the activities -research stays, courses, attendance to congresses, or others- that the doctorate carries out from his enrolment until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. Annually, the Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the follow-up of the research plan together with the document of activities. The positive evaluation will be an essential requirement to continue in the program. In the case of a negative evaluation, the doctoral student must be evaluated again within a maximum period of six months. Those interested can expand this information in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Once the thesis is concluded, the doctoral student must proceed to deposit and defend it according to the dispositions included in the thesis regulation of the University of Zaragoza (info).

Otros procedimientos, específicos del programa

In order to guarantee the quality of the PhD, in addition to the above mentioned organization system, other requirements are stablished. Specifically, when the thesis is submitted to the Academic Committee for its approval, this Committee will check if any of the following results has been achieved:

• 2 papers in JCR journals, or

• 1 paper in a JCR journal + 2 papers in relevant conferences in the field, or

• 1 paper in a JCR journal + 1 patent (with published application).

JCR papers must be accepted for publication but can be unpublished. In that case, it is required a copy of the paper, the accepting letter of the Editor, and the DOI code. Regarding conferences, the should be relevant in its field and organized according to a peer blind review system. Moreover, conferences should be listed in the CORE index. Considering patents, the application document should be published. Unpublished applications are not valid. In any case, these results must derive from the research conducted during the PhD period. Results of other activities carried out in parallel are not valid.

In case of these results are not achieved, the candidate can submit two letters, from two experts in the field, highlighting the relevance of the research and informing that the PhD has enough quality. Experts can be recommended by the advisors. In view of these letters and the PhD document, the Academic Committee will make a decision.

Transversal Training

The Doctoral School offers an annual series of voluntary activities for all doctoral students. This formation has a transversal and interdisciplinary nature. The offer is dynamic and covers the following formative aspects: communication (oral and written), access and information management, and skills for a future social and professional performance.  Information about the activities, admission and enrolment can be found in the website of the Doctoral School  (info).

Additionally, other formative activities of interest for a wide range of our doctoral students are disseminated through our web (info).

Specific Training

Every year students must course between 25 to 40 hours of learning activities. Activities can comprise either transversal training or specific training.
Regarding specific training, a set of courses and activities is listed below.

Name: Attending brief courses, invited talks, seminars or workshops of the different research lines.
Equivalence in learning hours: up to 10
Supervision: The student should present the attending certify and a short summary showing the interest of the activity for the development of the PhD.

Name: Attending national or international conferences of reference in the research field.
Equivalence in learning hours: 40
Supervision: The student should present the attending certify and a short summary showing the interest of the conference for the development of the PhD.

Name: Writing and submitting technical papers to journals of reference in the research field.
Equivalence in learning hours: 20
Supervision: The advisor of the PhD should evaluate the relevance of the publication and approve the equivalence.

Name: Attending the research symposium of the Institute of Research in Engineering of Aragon (I3A).
Equivalence in learning hours: 20
Supervision: The student should present the attending certify and a short summary showing the interest of the conference for the development of the PhD.

Name: Research stay in institutes or centers different form the University of Zaragoza.
Equivalence in learning hours: up to 480 hours depending on the duration of the stay.
Supervision: The advisor of the PhD will take into account the report of the advisor of the receipt center, and a summary of the developed activity which should be prepared by the student.

In addition to these activities, other centers, schools, institutes or doctoral programs organize seminars, talks, or courses which could be of interest for students of the program. These activities depend on the organizer and they are not guaranteed every year. Some examples of these activities are:

Name: Lecture Series on Scientific Commitment and Professional Responsibility of the Researcher
Equivalence in learning hours: 15
Supervision: Attending certify.

Name: Management of national and international research teams
Equivalence in learning hours: 1o
Supervision: Attending certify.

Name: Management of interpersonal relationships in research teams
Equivalence in learning hours: 15
Supervision: Attending certify.

Name: Management of R&D&I projects
Equivalence in learning hours: 10
Supervision: Attending certify.

Name: Introductory seminars to the program
Equivalence in learning hours: 5
Supervision: Attending certify.

Research Lines

  • Domotics and intelligent environments
  • High-efficiency power electronics converters
  • Microelectronics and design of application specific integrated circuits (ASICs)
  • Electromagnetic systems for induction heating applications

Research Teams

Sistemas electromagnéticos para aplicaciones de calentamiento por inducción

  • Jesús Acero Acero
  • Rafael Alonso Esteban
  • Carlos Bernal Ruiz
  • José Miguel Burdio Pinilla
  • Claudio Carretero Chamarro
  • Abelardo Martínez Iturbe

Microelectrónica y diseño de circuítos integrados de propósito específico

  • Concepción Aldea Chagoyen
  • Belén Teresa Calvo López
  • Santiago Celma Pueyo
  • Pedro Antonio Martínez Martínez
  • Nicolás Jesús Medrano Marqués
  • Aránzazu Otín Acín

Domótica y ambientes inteligentes

  • Francisco Javier Arcega Solsona
  • José Ignacio Artigas Maestre
  • José Ramón Beltrán Blázquez
  • Antonio Bono Nuez
  • Roberto José Casas Nebra
  • Jorge Luis Falcó Boudet
  • José Elías Herrero Jaraba
  • Raúl Igual Catalán
  • Bonifacio Martín del Brío
  • Carlos Tomás Medrano Sánchez
  • Carlos Miguel Orrite Uruñuela
  • Guillermo Palacios Navarro
  • Inmaculada Plaza García

Etapas electrónicas de potencia de alta eficiencia

  • Luis Ángel Barragán Pérez
  • Óscar Lucía Gil
  • Arturo Jesús Mediano Heredia
  • María Pilar Molina Gaudó
  • Denis Navarro Tabernero
  • Estanislao Oyarbide Usabiaga
  • Isidro Urriza Parroqué

Material Resources

The doctoral program has different facilities in the two campuses where the research team is developing its current activity. Some examples of these facilities are:

  • 3 full equipped power electronics labs with digital oscilloscopes, differential voltage probes, current probes, dc power supplies (up to 12 kW), ac power supplies (up to 15 kVA), PCB design center, soldering station, electronics loads, computers with different simulation tools.
  • 1 full equipped induction heating lab with prototyping facilities, impedance analyzers for a wide frequency range (from 2 Hz up to 110 MHz), finite element simulation tools, configurable ac source for induction heating uses.
  • 3 full equipped labs with facilities for developing applications of domotics and intelligent environments as computer vision systems, simulation workstations, IoT and sensor network development facilities.
  • 2 full equipped microelectronic-design labs with computing facilities for design analog, mixed and digital integrated circuits.

Apart from these labs, both the School of Engineering and the Faculty of Sciences offer other general services which are at the disposal of the students. Some examples of these services are libraries, classrooms, meeting rooms, seminars, videoconference services, general mechanical and electrical labs. Moreover, the Institute of Research in Engineering of Aragon also has other facilities as management support, event rooms, and specific labs.