Openings at ME

PhD vacancy in EU iRel4.0 project

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Announced:19 Mar 2020
Closing date:15 Apr 2020
Duration:4 years

The history of reliability as we know it now goes back to the 1950s, when electronics started to play a major role for the first time. Now, 7 decades later, with million times more complex electronic systems, the industry is facing a continuous increase of early and wear-out failures with accompanying consequences. Nowadays, products with high failure rates may come under public scrutiny due to negative customer feedback publicly shared on websites, eventually building bad reputation for a company.

In this EU project, with 79 partners from 14 countries, the aim is to find solutions to cope with the ever increasing complexity of reliability topics and to find processes, methods and digitized universal procedures for covering the various domains of electronic components and systems. TUDelft contributes within this project with three PhD positions, each focussing on a different topic, the following position is currently open:

  1. Development of multi-scale multi-physics and data-driven models for digital twinning. A digital twin as an exact digital copy of an electronic component or system including all relevant physical properties, and ideally the digital twin uses sensor data from the field in order to simulate real-world counterpart. In this project, the PhD candidate will investigate together with industrial partners like Signify the development of multi-scale models and methods of analysing data from the field in order to perform lifetime predictions.


We are seeking highly motivated candidates who are interested in joining our multi-disciplinary research team to conduct this university-company collaboration project. The specific desired background is experienced on a subject related to one of the two projects, and an MSc degree on Electronics, Mechanics, Materials science or a related area. We are looking for candidates with a great passion for research, a strong drive for scientific excellence, independent work attitude, and great English communication skills (TOEFL > 100 or equivalent). The scientific qualities of the candidate should be demonstrated by excellent MSc grades and preferably also publications.

If you want to apply for one of the positions please send both your CV and a one-page motivation letter to the contact below.


prof.dr. GuoQi Zhang


Electronic Components, Technology and Materials Group

Department of Microelectronics

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.