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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Wide Bandgap Power Electronics Reliability and Characterisation

Swansea University - Faculty of Science & Engineering

Location: Swansea
Salary: £34,804 to £40,332
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: AC04747

The Faculty of Science & Engineering at Swansea University is inviting applications from the highest quality early career researchers to fill a postdoctoral position in the field of power electronics specifically:

Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Instrumentation and Characterisation / Power Electronics

The successful applicant will join the broader semiconductor program collaborating with colleagues within Swansea across the Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials, and external partners including Newport Wafer Fab Ltd, IQE Ltd, Microchip Technology Ltd and SPTS Ltd, and the collective of the DER National Industrialisation Centres. The role is funded under the UKRI Strength in Places Fund and FLEXIS Extension projects led by Professor Paul Meredith and Associate Professor Mike Jennings but will also link with efforts under a major portfolio of projects led by Swansea University across numerous Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK wide bandgap power electronics projects. The successful applicant will have access to Swansea University’s renowned state-of-the-art power electronics and general electronics laboratories as well as device fabrication clean room facilities and a comprehensive suite of power electronic component pilot line tools to be further enhanced in 2022 with the completion of the CISM facilities.

Main duties:

  • Design /Build Power Electronics Instrumentation for Characterising Power Semiconductor Devices.
  • Conduct the actual power device testing using previously defined procedures.
  • Supervise research and graduate students on a daily operational basis, training and mentoring in the project area.
  • Take part in group meetings and internal seminar series.
  • Prepare reports on a weekly basis showing project progress.
  • Prepare, manage and submit journal publications in leading international journals describing research outputs and findings.
  • Identify and pursue registration of intellectual property where appropriate.
  • Support wider project development by contributing to grant applications, development of new collaborative relationships and propagation of new project ideas.

For full details,. please see the attached job description.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • A PhD in an Electrical Engineering or Physics disciplines, or considerable and equivalent industry experience in power electronics.
  • Experience and knowledge of advanced circuit design including power electronics architectures and instrumentation for power electronics testing / reliability analysis.
  • Evidence of active engagement, personal role, and contribution to writing and publishing research papers in top tear peer reviewed international journals.

This fixed term position is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund provided by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).

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