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PhD Reseach Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems, piezoelectric MEMS Microphone

Deadline: 20.06.2020

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Reseach Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems, piezoelectric MEMS Microphone

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems from 15.08.2020.

The position is located at the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold in Horten.

The focused research will be on ultra-thin piezoelectric MEMS Microphone flexible array. By using multi-Piezoelectric layers based on micro- and nanotechnologies together with interface and control electronics, improved temporal and spatial resuloution for measuring unsteady pressure fluctuations on an arbitrary curvature surface can be achieved.

About the PhD-project

The PhD research fellow position connects to an IMS-supported research activity in collaboration with Silicon Austria Lab's microsystem research unit (MST). The PhD project will be within the research field of Applied Micro- and Nanosystems. The PhD research fellow will work mostly in IMS and upto one year in MST at SAL.

The candidate will be involved in a large activity network formed by different European academic partners to develop a novel ultrathin piezoelectric MEMS microphone flexible array dedicated to accurate acoustic measurements with high both temporal and spatial resolution and suitable for arbitrary curvature surface unsteady pressure monitoring. The major task for the candidate is to design and modeling the ultrathin Piezoelectric MEMS microphone, to develop the technology and optimize the process for depositing high quality piezoelectric thin films of micro or sub-micro thickness, and the thin contact layers. The research tasks also include the device fabrication.

Appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in physics, material science, microsystem technology, electronic engineering or closely related subjects. The applicant must have gained the degree within the commencement date.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position, which requires an average grade B from Master's degree, in addition to grade B at the final master project.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

The successful applicant should have:

  • A Master degree with background in piezoelectric materials, piezoelectric micromachined devices, micro- and nano fabrications
  • Competence in material analysis, micromachined sensors, actuators and microphones
  • Knowledge in acoustic waves, Final Element Modelling (FEM)
  • A strong academic record

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Strong skill i cleanroom experimental works
  • Experience within instrumentations for material analysis, imaging topography of nanostructures
  • Excellent communication skills, profiency in oral and written English

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 479 600 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

In special cases, employment in code 1378 (NOK 456 400 – 615 900 a year) may be considered.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointment are made on merit.

There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Xuyan Chen, phone: +47 31009028 or
  • Professor Per Alfred Øhlckers, phone: +47 31009315 at Department of Microsystems

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:HR Advisor, email: [email protected]

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Certified diplomas and transcripts from university/university college
  • Master’s thesis
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application.

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