Doctoral Position in Space Electronics
Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Sweden

Doctoral Student Position in Space Electronics

KTH , School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Information and Communication Technology 

This project from the Swedish National Space Agency aims to develop manufacturing methods for fabrication of high voltage integrated circuits in silicon carbide (SiC). KTH already has separate processes for integrated circuits and high voltage transistors in SiC, but now we want to combine the two. The finished integrated circuits will be used for electric propulsion in small satellites. Some testing of the circuits will be done in collaboration with GomSpace Sweden.

Project name: ICARUS - Integrated Circuits for electrically powered spAcecraft pRopulsion Using Silicon carbide

You will be working in a group of researchers and supervisors with competencies in semiconductor devices, circuit design, physical and electrical simulation, process integration, and electrical measurements. As a PhD student you will be fabricating and characterizing the high voltage integrated circuits. Process development in the clean room is an important part of this work. Depending on interest, you can also be involved in circuit design and electrical and physical simulation.

Supervision: Prof. Carl-Mikael Zetterling, Prof. Gunnar Malm and Docent Per-Erik Hellström.

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • A unique university cleanroom with the possibility of a full integrated circuit flow in SiC and corresponding high voltage semiconductor characterization instruments, www.electrumlaboratory.se.

Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

We expect that you have a master’s degree in electrical engineering, engineering physics, nanotechnology or similar. You are interested in space and space research. Experience of working in a semiconductor process lab or working with high voltage electronics is meritorious.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, no later than 1st September
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Kista
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2021-0260
Contact
Carl-Mikael Zetterling, professor, Bellman@kth.se
Tysse Norlindh Falk, , rekrytering@eecs.kth.se
Published 11.Feb.2021
Last application date 10.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET


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