Postdoc in Physics-of-failure of nanocomposite insulators in power electronics

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, a position as postdoc in Physics-of-failure of nanocomposite insulators in power electronics is open for appointment February 1st 2021 or soon thereafter. The position is available for a period of 2 years. Department of Materials and Production (MP) has a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department’s mission is to meet the future’s demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials’ applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. As an employee at the Department you will be part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Job description

The research area of the post doc will be within physics and nanotechnology. You will be involved in a research project that seeks to create a better understanding of the aging mechanisms of insulating dielectrics in power electronic components through physics-of-failure analysis in parallel with electrical measurements on central components as a basis for operational lifetime modeling of components and systems.

Two directions will be followed in the project:

1. Commercially available components will be taken from accelerated ageing tests to evaluate their physical state. They will be disassembled to examine insulating elements in detail in order to determine the main causes of degradation, and to link electrical characteristics and physical state.

2. Synthesis of polymer nanocomposite materials that will be cast into forms allowing aging tests on simple prototype components, and subsequently subjected to physics of failure analysis.

The complexity of the problem requires the use of a wide range of combined methods for physical/chemical characterization. Advanced cross-sectioning tools combined with a wide range of nanoscale characterization tools will also be applied by the post doc in the project.

The candidate is expected to have experience with a range of characterization tools such as microscopy (SEM, AFM, optical), mass spectroscopy (SIMS), and electron spectroscopy (XPS). Furthermore, experience with thin film deposition techniques such as sputtering and e-beam deposition will be an advantage.

Limited teaching within the area of physics and nanotechnology can be expected, but also in other study programmes at the University. 

You may obtain further professional information from Professor, Kjeld Pedersen, PHONE +4599409220 or e-mail:   
Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Partner Lise Søndergaard Jacobsen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 9567. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here. 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

Deadline: 1 December 2020
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Post expires on Tuesday December 1st, 2020