PhD stipend in Center of Digitalized Electronics (14-21002)

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PhD stipend in Center of Digitalized Electronics (14-21002)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology one PhD stipend is available within the research project “Center of Digitalized Electronics”. The stipend is open for appointment from March 1, 2021, or soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Energy Technology is among the world leading institutions within power electronics, but the department covers most fields of Energy Technology ranging from electrical energy to thermal energy including Energy Systems, Fluid Mechanics and Combustion and Mechatronic Systems. The department has about 300 employees – of which more than 125 Ph.D. students. The laboratory-facilities are world-class and the research carried out is most often in collaboration with industry.

Job description
Electrification require power electronic converters for the conversion of electrical energy and these are continuously becoming more efficient and compact. A reason is attributed to the transition from using traditional silicon (Si) semiconductor devices to new wide band gap semiconductor materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN). Unlocking the full potential of the new semiconductor devices, already released in the LED applications, is a demanding task for design engineers. Wide band gap semiconductors are more sensitive and their increased compactness cause difficulty in physically verifying the operation and performance of new products.
The successful candidate for the position at the “Center of Digitalized Electronics” (CoDE) research project will help to push the boundaries for power electronics design through both theoretical and experimental applied research on improvement of energy efficiency of power electronic converters, by improving the methods used for design, simulating and testing.
The research project revolves around a promising paradigm of digital design and digital product qualification methods, seeking to exploit the potential of finite-element-methods (FEM), parametrization and optimization theory within the field of power electronics design. Attaining this paradigm shift calls for qualified researchers with an interdisciplinary profile.
The research is strongly linked to the power module packaging laboratory, Department of Energy Technology, AAU ( ) .
This laboratory is dedicated to design and manufacturing of power module with an emphasis on rapid prototyping and testing. The laboratory enables access to state of the art equipment to make high quality prototypes and sub-components at high international level.
The preferred candidate for the PhD stipend holds a master degree within energy engineering, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent.
Experience or knowledge within electronics design, electromagnetic field theory, semiconductor physics or finite-element methods will be prioritized.
A high proficiency in oral and written English is required.
Application requirements (The application needs to include the following documents)
• Letter of motivation.
• Project description (proposal). A document of maximum 5 pages that describes in your view what are the important research questions (hypotheses), methodologies, and key literature that are useful specifically for this project.
• Curriculum vitae.
• Diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master + Bachelor degrees), including academic transcripts.
• List of publications (if applicable).
• Recommendation letter (if applicable).
You may obtain further information regarding the PhD-stipends from Associate Professor, Department of Energy Technology, AAU, Christian Uhrenfeldt (Ph.D. degree in the field of applied materials and semiconductor science) by e-mail:  
or Postdoc, Department of Energy Technology, AAU, Asger Bjørn Jørgensen (Ph.D. degree within power electronics) e-mail:

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 9589.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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