PhD position in thermal management of GaN electronic devices

POWERlab – EPFL  https://powerlab.epfl.ch

At the POWERlab, we develop novel semiconductor devices, including GaN and Diamond, based on a judicious device design to exploit their unique properties and conceive new, drastically more efficient devices that outperform the state-of-the-art. Our research is multidisciplinary at the interface of power electronic devices and converters, RF communications and thermal sciences.

We are looking for excellent and motivated candidates for a PhD in the field of Thermal management of GaN semiconductor electronic devices. The candidate will pursue novel ideas based on concepts developed in our laboratory, combining two-phase microfluidic cooling designed together with GaN electronics to tackle the important challenge of thermal management in the field of efficient RF and power electronics. Below are some relevant references and a youtube video:

Nature 2020: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2666-1

Therminic 2020: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9420501

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/ht9Id4yOFdo

The candidate will have the opportunity to work several aspects involved in demonstrating high-performance devices: device fabrication in cleanroom (relying on EPFL’s excellent cleanroom facilities), numerical simulations, device characterization (relying on the excellent facilities in the lab, for microfluidic cooling, electrical, optical and thermal measurements). Most importantly, the candidate is encouraged to try new ideas and approaches.

Profile: The candidate is expected to have a solid background in thermal sciences, with strong aptitude for performing experiments and device fabrication. Experience with microfluidic cooling (single or two phase) is very welcome.

What is offered: The selected candidate will be offered a fully-paid fellowship with very competitive salary and excellent conditions to excel in his/her research. https://www.epfl.ch/education/phd/doctoral-studies-structure/doctoral-students-salary/

Starting date: The ideal starting date would be as soon as possible.

How to apply: If you are interested, and have the correct profile for this position, please send your CV to [email protected], including publications (if any) and names of two references.