PhD scholarship in Flexible and Printable Electronics

Technical University of Denmark


October 21, 2021


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PhD scholarship in Flexible and Printable Electronics

DTU Electrical Eng

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The Electronics section at DTU Electrical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for a vacant 3-year PhD position within electronics.

The Electronics group is starting up a new research direction within flexible and printable electronics. The goal of this PhD project is to research methodologies used to fabricate flexible, bendable electronic circuits which can be manufactured using additive manufacturing methods and methods that allow for a great degree of mechanical flexibility. These methods will then be tailored for use within power electronics and bioelectronics.

Responsibilities and qualifications Challenges in miniaturization and integration of electronic systems are not limited to only making active devices smaller in size. Mechanical flexibility is an emerging necessity within future applications where electronics become an integral, structural part of the whole system. This trend has already started within the aerospace and automotive worlds, where fuel tanks on aeroplanes are an integral part of the fuselage and battery packs are structural components of car chassis. This trend will continue with other applications where electronics are not just relegated to a box to be protected but are made an active, supporting part of the system structure. Mechanical compliance of electronics will therefore play a key factor in being able to bend and shape the resulting system to the final design requirements.

The focus of this project is to research existing methodologies suited for creating flexible, printed electronics and identify the major barriers for large-scale adoption. The resulting research will be tailored towards power electronics applications and will become a fundamental guideline in designing future structural power electronics for complex, compliant systems like ones that can be worn on the human body, sown into garments, or curved along the aesthetic design principles of the automotive world.

Any candidate who:

  • has a documented record of independent, cross-disciplinary, high-quality research – preferably performed at a well-known research institute
  • has good grasps of analysis and synthesis of power converters
  • has experience with design of electronics under strict mechanical constraints
  • has experience in CAD systems for both electronics and mechanics
  • has good experience in using PCB layout software
  • has good experience in making laboratory prototypes, debugging and testing electronic circuits
  • can communicate in English at a professional level
  • has a good publication record
  • will be considered as a candidate with favourable background. The candidate needs to be able to self-motivate, be enthusiastic, and take responsibility for their own project within a cross-disciplinary research team.

    You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

    Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

    Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Gabriel Zsurzsan and Professor Michael A. E. Andersen.

    We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

    Salary and appointment terms The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Gabriel Zsurzsan, email:

    You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at www. and the Electronics group at www.

    If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

    Application procedure Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 21 October 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • List of published ISI articles
  • Documentation of research experience at a recognized, internationally- renowned research institute
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

    DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

    Technology for people DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.