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Microelectronic packaging for autonomous driving

Opening for: PhD student

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Announced:15 Jan 2019
Closing date:28 Feb 2019

Autonomous driving will be a key capability for future vehicles. However, AD cars require fundamental changes in vehicle technologies with respect to connectivity, computational power, and safety. The general objective of the HiPer project is to develop the concept of an automotive grade (Level 5) High-Performance Vehicle Computer (HPVC) system in a passenger car. The project aims at innovations along 3 paths: (i) Advanced thermal management, (ii) High-speed communication and (iii) Integration for robust and reliable systems.

As part of the HiPer project, this PhD research project aims at developing new and reliable packaging with a novel thermal solution for HPVC. This work is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and the candidate will be involved in collaboration with both industrial and academic partners from several EU countries, in new packaging concept development and prototyping, multi-physics simulations, design for reliability, etc. The work will be mainly conducted at the ECTM group, including EKL cleanroom, and supported by experienced researchers and technicians.


We are seeking highly motivated candidates who are interested in joining our multi-disciplinary research team to conduct this university-company collaboration project, aiming to develop new packaging technology for autonomous driving. The specific desired background is experienced on a subject related to this project and an MSc degree on Electronics, Mechanics, Materials science or a related area. We are looking for candidates with great passion for research, a strong drive for scientific excellence, self-propelling, and great communication skills. The scientific qualities of the candidate should be demonstrated by excellent MSc grades and publications.

For information about this vacancy you can contact Dr. A.M. Gheytaghi, email: apply, please e-mail HR a detailed CV (with contact information of two referees) along with a letter of motivation and a detailed transcript of university grades. If applicable, please also attach a (draft) version of you Master thesis.

Please send your application material before February 28th to: When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2019-01


prof.dr. Kouchi Zhang


Electronic Components, Technology and Materials Group

Department of Microelectronics

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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: you should have a background that fits the requirements of the 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.