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PhD highly accurate, high bandwidth piezo driver

PhD position on a highly accurate, high bandwidth piezo driver at sub-nanometer scale for lithography and metrology.Job descriptionThis PhD position on a …

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
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PhD position on a highly accurate, high bandwidth piezo driver at sub-nanometer scale for lithography and metrology.

Job description
This PhD position on a highly accurate, high bandwidth piezo driver for lithography and metrology is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project named 'Advanced piezo-electric wafer stage for next generation lithography and metrology applications'. In this project, which is in collaboration with ASML N.V., in total four PhD students are aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of an advanced moving stage for holding silicon wafers in which light-weight and compact piezo-electric actuators are used. To enable the required high accuracy and speed, a new highly accurate piezo driver is required which shall provide an unprecedented positioning bandwidth. The PhD candidate will investigate piezo crystals and develop the required power electronics as part of a positioning demonstrator system. The PhD candidate will be based in the Electro-mechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group in the Electronical Engineering department but will collaborate intensely with the other PhD candidates in the project at the High Tech Systems Center.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in the physics of piezo-drivers as well as the development of the required power electronics.

Successful candidates should have good writing and documentation skills, good analytical and research capabilities and excellent communication skills. They must be able to organize their own work well and set and pursue their goals independently. The candidate will collaborate not only with the other members of the EPE group, but in particular also with three other PhD students in the Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering department as well as researchers at ASML.


Job requirements
We are looking for candidates with a MSc diploma in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Applied Physics, preferably with not more than four years in research after the graduation, and with good skills in programming tools.


  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 3 years, which will be extended with one year if it is successful;
  • gross salary between € 2222,00 and € 2.840,00 per month based on full-time employment;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);
  • Additionele informatie

  • For more information about the project and any informal enquiries, please contact ir. Diána Kiss (d.kiss@tue.nl ) or prof. dr. Elena Lomonova (e.lomonova@tue.nl ).
  • For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Mrs. T.A.M. van Waterschoot-Martens (t.a.m.v.waterschoot@tue.nl ).
  • More information on employment conditions can be found here: www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/ .

  • Application:

    If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following (in English):
  • a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work;
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • contact information of two references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;

  • Candidates will be selected based on their graduation project and marks, relevant experience and skills, writing skills and publications, work experience and interviews.

    A general description of the overall project can be found in the project website: fbi-itn.eu/ .

    Typical recruitment procedure will involve a skype meeting, followed by a face to face interview with a presentation to the group in the second stage.

    Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!