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Research Associate/Fellow in Reliability and Robustness of Power Electronic Components (fixed term)


Jubilee Campus

£30,487 to £45,585 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Closing Date
Thursday 08 August 2024


Applications are invited for a full-time Research Associate/Fellow position within the Power Electronics Machines and Control research group. 

The successful candidate will support three research projects developing reliability and lifetime models for power electronic components. This specifically relates to models for electronic packaging (e.g. interconnects such as wirebonds and solder joints), and also to the use of such models in prognostic applications. 

Candidates should hold or be working towards a PhD in a relevant subject area. 

Candidates should also have the ability to work within a multidisciplinary research team and have excellent communication and presentation skills. 

Technical skills, knowledge and skills in the following areas are essential: 

· Knowledge of the fundamental physics underpinning failure in electronic components, and the typical failure mechanisms in electronic components. 

· Experience using equipment for reliability characterisation of electronic components, e.g.: thermal characterisation of components (thermal impedance measurement); and/or some reliability characterisation methods (power and thermal cycling, destructive/non-destructive evaluation techniques such as SEM, X-ray tomography). 

· An awareness of the electronic packaging techniques typically used for power electronic components. 

· The ability to develop computer models from experimental results using industry standard tools such as MATLAB/Simulink. 

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week) fixed term contract for 2 years (24 months). Job share arrangements may be considered.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Paul Evans, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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