Openings at ECTM

Multiple PhD and post-doc openings available

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Status:Open
Announced:23 Aug 2022

Position Project Period Description of project Description of task Location Contact
PhD AI-TWILIGHT 2022-2026 The EU-funded AI-TWILIGHT project will integrate the virtual and physical worlds to promote innovations in the competitive fields of the European lighting industry. The project will create digital twins of LED light-sources and electronics and self-learning models using AI and analytics techniques. Investigate and develop degradation models for electronic drivers, including influence of application conditions. TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD EXPLAIN 2022-2026 EXPLAIN seeks to realize an end-to-end ML lifecycle that is interactive and explainable for industrial domain experts. Develop novel AI-based inspection solutions for various inspection steps, which will either predict quality (EOL inspection) or estimate quality impacting properties for a single production step, like e.g. presence of voids, placement accuracy or solder coverage. AI models for quality inspection and prediction in this approach will concentrate on explainability to uncover process issues (e.g. decision trees) that may result in reduced reliability. TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD MIRELAI 2023-2027 MIRELAI is the first European Industrial Doctorate Programme that trains the next generation of engineers for the next generation of reliable microelectronics, more precisely electronic components and systems (ECS). Development of a physics of failure (PoF) based digital twinning technology for electronic components based on 1) Advanced sensing technology to monitor the degradation of the components. 2) Implementation of a coupled simulation model to predict the remaining lifetime. 3) Consideration of the weak links in the component with respect to reliability under critical conditions, e.g. die attach delamination, by using advanced material and PoF based modelling techniques. Nexperia / TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD MIRELAI 2023-2027 MIRELAI is the first European Industrial Doctorate Programme that trains the next generation of engineers for the next generation of reliable microelectronics, more precisely electronic components and systems (ECS). Review of the common available acceleration models for small loads on semiconductor materials. Investigation of the impact of how loads are dissipated though most common package technologies. Investigation of the influence of many small loads (T) on the reliability of packages and how this should be covered during qualification. Quantification of the physical degradation of materials within packages (grain size change and crystal orientation or crack growth in solder or chain length decrease in polymers). Development of a universal acceleration model for small loads following material degradations on the small scale. NXP / TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD MIRELAI 2023-2027 MIRELAI is the first European Industrial Doctorate Programme that trains the next generation of engineers for the next generation of reliable microelectronics, more precisely electronic components and systems (ECS). Development of a physics-informed machine learning (ML) modelling strategy fulfilling the following key aspects: 1) Establish ML technology for semiconductor devices to explore massive design spaces, identify multi- dimensional correlations and manage ill- posed problems. 2) Design specialized network architectures that automatically satisfy some of the physical invariants for better accuracy, faster training and improved generalization. 3) Consider differences and variances in user profiles / application conditions. Reden / TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD MIRELAI 2023-2027 MIRELAI is the first European Industrial Doctorate Programme that trains the next generation of engineers for the next generation of reliable microelectronics, more precisely electronic components and systems (ECS). Development and validation of multi-physics models to predict failures due to electrical stresses for novel PCB-based power electronic designs: 1) Review and document limitations with current modelling approaches and tools 2) Development of fast electro-thermal models exploit-ing full-wave solvers that accurately predict electric fields, electrical energy losses, and temperature for integrated packaging of wide-band-gap power devices that exploit nano-composite PCB technology. 3) Development of physics-of-failure damage models (dielectric breakdown, metal migration, gate-oxide breakdown, etc) to support design and trade-offs between electrical, thermal, and mechanical design constraints. 4) Test and validate the above models for a Silicon Carbide PCB based power module under power cyclic loading. Bosch / TUDelft Willem van Driel
PhD (2x) Circular Circuits 2023-2027 The project will develop a fully circular generation of electronics. It will develop solutions to overcome technical, economic and societal bottlenecks for lifetime extension, reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling through development of a new generation of electronic components, product-service design, new business models and advanced recycling technology. Fundamental understanding of processes and phenomena that drive degradation and failure processes.Translate the multi-disciplinary knowledge basis into principles for prognostics and health monitoring and degradation sensors. TUDelft Willem van Driel and Arjan Mol
PhD (2x) e2LEAD 2023-2027 e2LEAD will bring superior computing resources closer to the in-situ data of the vehicle, to achieve real-time / safety for deterministic and highly reliable automation and optimized process control, to have better data security / privacy through reducing the attack surface, to gain energy efficiency and reduction in the environmental footprint. Work in the fields of modular system architecture and packaging strategies including thermal management solutions. We will assess and optimize the thermo‐electromechanical reliability based on experimental tests and numerical simulations. TUDelft GuoQi Zhang
Post-doc NOCI-2 2023-2027 Within the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI), we are looking for enthusiastic & motivated researchers to develop innovative wafer-scale microfabrication technologies for advanced silicon- and biodegradable technology-based Organs-on-Chip (OoC). These systems are microfluidic cell culture devices that recapitulate in vivo-like microenvironments to support the expression of properties and functions of human tissues and organs, with the objective to enhance drugs pre-clinical screening. This position will focus in particular on three-dimensional microelectrode array for tissue monitoring. TUDelft Max Mastrangeli and Clementine Boutry
PhD NOCI-2 2023-2027 Within the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI), we are looking for enthusiastic & motivated researchers to develop innovative wafer-scale microfabrication technologies for advanced silicon- and biodegradable technology-based Organs-on-Chip (OoC). These systems are microfluidic cell culture devices that recapitulate in vivo-like microenvironments to support the expression of properties and functions of human tissues and organs, with the objective to enhance drugs pre-clinical screening. This position will focus in particular on biodegradable actuators for tissue stimulation. TUDelft Clementine Boutry and Max Mastrangeli
PhD NOCI-2 2023-2027 Within the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI), we are looking for enthusiastic & motivated researchers to develop innovative wafer-scale microfabrication technologies for advanced silicon- and biodegradable technology-based Organs-on-Chip (OoC). These systems are microfluidic cell culture devices that recapitulate in vivo-like microenvironments to support the expression of properties and functions of human tissues and organs, with the objective to enhance drugs pre-clinical screening. This position will focus in particular on polymer scaffolds and chemical gradients for gut microenvironment. TUDelft Max Mastrangeli and Clementine Boutry
PhD NOCI-2 2023-2027 Within the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI), we are looking for enthusiastic & motivated researchers to develop innovative wafer-scale microfabrication technologies for advanced silicon- and biodegradable technology-based Organs-on-Chip (OoC). These systems are microfluidic cell culture devices that recapitulate in vivo-like microenvironments to support the expression of properties and functions of human tissues and organs, with the objective to enhance drugs pre-clinical screening. This position will focus in particular on Biodegradable microfabricated platform for perfused organoids. TUDelft Clementine Boutry and Max Mastrangeli

Additional information

In The Netherlands, almost all PhD positions are linked to funded research projects. This has several implications:
  • PhD students are employed: they receive a salary rather than a grant. Most projects have a duration of 4 years.
  • Positions become available once a project is funded. This can happen at any time during the year.
  • It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a project proposal to receive funding. In this period, a position may be anticipated but the outcome remains insecure. Once a project is funded, the open position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

If you are interested in our research, it merits to inquire whether openings will be available. We collect resumes of prospective PhD students throughout the year, for each of our research tracks.

General requirements

We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
  • Formal requirements regarding prior education: you should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education.
  • Background: this depends on the specific project.
  • Excellence: your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8 (10). Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8 (10).
  • English: you should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
  • Originality: your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
  • Team player: you should be able to work well in a team of other project members.
Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/supervisors who can provide feedback.