PhD position - Self Healing in CMOS

The group of Semiconductor Components at the University of Twente is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. MESA+ is the largest research institute of the University of Twente. The institute trains graduate students and PhD-students and conducts research in the fields of nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science and microelectronics. Unique of MESA+ is its multidisciplinary composition.


The group of Semiconductor Components has a vacancy for a Ph.D. student to work on a breakthrough development in silicon transistors. The objective of the project is to develop a transistor that will last forever. Through a precise study of the normal degradation of transistors and the underlying physics and chemistry, we will work on methods to counteract the degradation and wear-out, extending the lifetime, and therefore contributing to “green electronics”. We aim to concentrate on CMOS reliability; the topics of study include SILC, TDDB, NBTI and hot carrier degradation. Within the project, we will cooperate with several industrial partners and two academic partners with a strong international reputation. Internships will be part of the 4-year program. The focal point of the research will be experimentation, combined with analysis and model development. The student will have full access to state of the art characterization equipment as well as the MESA+ Nanolab for experimentation.

Type of work: 50% experimental studies, 20% material analysis, 20% material and defect modelling, 10% educational tasks.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher (F/M) with a M.Sc. degree in the field of electrical engineering, applied physics, materials science or a closely related study program. Excellent experimental skills are a prerequisite. We seek candidates with good team spirit and multidisciplinary curiosity, who like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet. Fluency in English is a requirement. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Applications should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. A TOEFL or IELTS score is generally requested to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. You can electronically apply for this position until 23 October 2016. For more information please contact our secretary of Semiconductor Components Group Mrs. Remke Assink at


We offer an interesting temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance. You will be appointed for a period of four years as a temporary research employee, as detailed in the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities. A training program is part of the agreement.

The University of Twente offers excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus. We offer


A PhD position for four years (38 hrs/week).


Full status as an employee at the University of Twente, including pension and health care benefits.


Gross salary PhD student: ranging from € 2191,- (1st year) to € 2.801,- (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%).


Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.


Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.

A green campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.


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 programmes. 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 (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+, CTIT and MIRA.