Vacancies The group of Semiconductors expects a new Ph.D. position in Reliability of High Voltage Transistors The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI) is where Information and Communication Technology are created at the University of Twente. ICT is more than communication. In almost every consumer product, mathematics, electronics and computer technology are present, and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. It is no longer about gadgets that we do or do not want to use. The real integration of ICT is just beginning. What we need is more intelligence in our systems and improvement of their natural interaction with humans. The challenge The Group of Semiconductor Components is an internationally leading research group on novel integrated circuit devices, with a strong track record on component reliability research. We conduct multidisciplinary research ranging from chemistry via physics to electrical engineering. The chosen candidate will end up as an expert on the physics and long-term behavior of silicon-based high voltage transistors. He or she will work closely together with the Dutch company NXP Semiconductors manufacturing these devices. These devices play a key role in many modern electronic systems such as hybrid cars. Reliability is of essential importance in such transistors. This project aims to determine and investigate the main degradation mechanisms that are responsible for failure of high voltage transistor switches. The research team will approach the challenge by experimentation, analysis and modeling. Based on the findings, methods to increase reliability will be defined and tested. During the project, these methods will be implemented in novel high voltage switch designs with increased lifetime, which will be manufactured at NXP. Moreover accelerated lifetime tests will be developed that can be used for product qualification. By improving switch design and by preventing degradation this project will help to pave the way for increasing the performance and reliability of high voltage switches. The project is cofunded by PointOne (www.pointone.nl) and NXP Semiconductors (www.nxp.com). The offer We offer an interesting and challenging temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment, with the benefits of industrial partners (including industrial internships) as well as academic research. This research is part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and its Graduate School program. The research program offers advanced courses to deepen your scientific knowledge in preparation to your future career (within or outside academia). We provide our PhD students with excellent opportunities to broaden their personal knowledge and to professionalize their academic skills. Participation in national and/or international summer schools and workshops, and visits to other prestigious research institutes and universities can be part of this program. In accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, the gross monthly salary of a PhD student is € 2042,-- in the first year to € 2612,-- in the last year. Your profile The ideal candidate has an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (or Applied Physics), with proven affinity towards experimentation and microtechnology devices. In addition he/she masters the English language very well; and has good communication skills, both verbal and in writing. Applications For more information and application, please contact our secretary Mrs. Annemiek Janssen (+31-53-489-6920; firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send your application with motivation letter as well as a detailed CV (resume), before 15 June 2011.