Researcher in neuromorphic thermal sensors

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Published: 2022-03-22

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

Electrification, digitalisation and health technology are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 150 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

The position will be placed at the Division of Solid-State Electronics, Department of Electrical Engineering. It is planned for one year, with the possibility of prolongation for another year.

Project description
The project aims at developing and study electronic thermal sensors for the application in electronic skin. The envisioned sensors emulate the thermal receptors in the skin for the sense of “warm” and “cold”. The research includes material selection, and device design for an efficient thermal to electrical conversion and neuromorphic signalling. The research will be performed in a multidisciplinary environment therein scientists of complementary backgrounds collaborate.

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  • Design and fabrication of electronic devices as thermal sensors based on, e.g., thermoelectric effect, triboelectric effects.
  • Characterisation and study of thermal-to-electrical energy conversion in the fabricated devices.
  • Design of neuromorphic circuit to emulate biological thermal receptors.


  • The applicant must hold a doctoral degree in condensed matter physics or electrical engineering with a focus on semiconductor components and electronics, or thermoelectrics, or a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent.
  • Experience, supported by scientific publications, in silicon technology, simulation or circuit design is beneficial.
  • Good oral and written proficiency in English. 

We put an emphasis on your personal qualities such as good collaboration and communication skills with other researchers. You should be purposeful, structured and able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Additional qualifications
Postdoc experience.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position, 12 months. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2022.09.01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

For further information about the position, please contact: docent Zhi-Bin Zhang, 018-471 3146,

For information about the Division of Solid-State Electronics, please visitåndets-elektronik/.

Please submit your application by 31 May 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1031.

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Placement: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1031

Last application date: 2022-05-31

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