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PhD position on “High power efficiency with pure boron in semiconductor devices (PureB)”


Job description

The Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS) group at the University of Twente has a vacancy for a Ph.D. student in the project “High power efficiency with pure boron in semiconductor devices” or in short “B-Power”. This project aims to research a performance-enhancer for power chips: a novel 2-D material composed of a pure-boron layer (PureB) that promises to reduce the power consumption of power devices in various semiconductor material systems (e.g., silicon, gallium-nitride). The candidate will address modelling and simulation aspects of these new devices and perform extended electrical characterization. 

The challenge is to develop and incorporate a physics-based model needed to describe the physical properties of PureB in power devices, to (co-)develop novel power devices, and to perform electrical analysis of the envisaged devices in close collaboration with other project members and the industry.

The project is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in the domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW) via the HTSM call (High Tech Systems and Materials). You will carry out the research at the University in Enschede, The Netherlands, and several supervisors (Dr. Ray Hueting, Prof. Dr. Lis Nanver) will give guidance. In this project you will collaborate with other project members who will realize experimental PureB layers and power devices. In addition, this project is carried out in collaboration with a wide span of companies and institutes such as EpiGaN, Tempress, ABB, University of Stuttgart, Aalborg University, and University of Warwick. Teaching activities will take 10%-20% of your time.

Your profile

  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher (F/M).
  • You have a MSc degree in electrical engineering, nanotechnology, applied physics or a related topic, with excellent theoretical, programming and experimental skills.
  • You have shown affinity with semiconductors and modelling.
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment.
  • You are fluent in English.


Send your application before August 15th, 2020 and include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, contact details of at least 2 referees, an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education and a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. An interview and assessment will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the position, please contact our secretary Mrs. Marthe Kampman at 

Our offer

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU).

  • Salary ranging from € 2.395,- gross at the start to € 3061,- gross in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • A training program in which you and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

PhD position on “High power efficiency with pure boron in semiconductor devices (PureB)”
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