RWTH Aachen - Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik
Semiconductor devices are the basis of all electronic applications: from smartphones over photovoltaics and high-speed data transfer to power electronics for electromobility. Therefore, a fundamental physical understanding of these devices on a microscopic level is desirable in order to improve currently technologies as well as to figure out the capabilities of possible future devices.
At the Chair of Electromagnetic Theory, we conduct research on physical models for semiconductor devices, we develop numerical methods for that purpose and we perform microscopic simulations of such devices on our own computer cluster.
The teaching of our institute covers the lectures about electromagnetic fields for undergraduate students and specialized courses in semiconductor device simulations for master students.
You will work on the simulation of power semiconductor devices, that are used for example in power switches for automotive applications. Especially the reliability of these power MOSFETs will be a subject of your investigations. During its operation such a device degrades, with the consequence that its lifetime is limited. This is not only relevant for the industrial application of these devices, but also interesting from a scientific point of view, because the microscopic mechanisms of this degradation are not yet completely understood.
A simulation framework, developed at the institute, models the so-called hot-carrier degradation of such power devices based on the microscopic description of the transport of electrons and holes by the Boltzmann-transport equation. You will use and extend this simulation framework, whereby the improvement of suitable physical models, the development of stable simulation algorithms and their highly efficient numerical implementation for high-performance computer clusters are of special interest.
The project will be performed in a close collaboration with our industry partners.
The usual teaching load for scientific staff applies.
An university degree (Master or equivalent) in electrical engineering, physics or mathematics with above average results is mandatory. Experiences in electronic devices, semiconductor physics, numerical mathematics and high-performance computing are appreciated. Since you will work in an international team, the capacity for team work as well as good English skills, written and spoken, are required.
What we offer:
The position is for 3 years and is to be filled as soon as possible. This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.
RWTH Aachen University is certified as a "Family-Friendly University". We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.
Please send your application by April 15, 2019 to
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Jungemann
Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik
RWTH Aachen University
Kackertstr. 15 -17
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