PhD candidate on Laser micro-printing of electronic materials – University of Twente – Enschede

University of Twente

We are looking for a PhD-candidate to strengthen our highly motivated and multi­disciplinary research team, who will work on laser-based manufacturing techniques for integrated electronic and photonic circuits, in the framework of a large Dutch project, titled ‘Groeifonds NXTGEN HIGHTECH’. This project is targeting groundbreaking developments in next generation high-tech equipment, to support growth and development of important Dutch high-tech sectors. Within the projects, knowledge institutes cooperate with relevant industry on novel solutions for societal challenges.

The Background

Increasingly complex electronic and photonic circuit require equally advanced methods of connecting these circuits to the outside world. Laser-based methods can help in printing ever finer structuring required for bonding and assembly of these chips. Laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) is an innovative Additive Manufacturing process in which a small volume (typically femto- to pico-litres) of a thin donor film is transferred to a substrate via a laser beam.

For examples of recent work done in this line of research, please refer to:

  • Feinaeugle, M., Pohl, R. , Bor, T. , Vaneker, T. , & Römer, G-W. (2018). Printing of complex free-standing microstructures via laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) of pure metal thin films. Additive manufacturing, 24, 391-399.
  • Luo, J. , Pohl, R., Qi, L. , Römer, G. R. B. E. , Sun, C. , Lohse, D. , & Visser, C. W. (2017). Printing Functional 3D Microdevices by Laser-Induced Forward Transfer. Small, 13(9), [1602553].
  • Miksys, J., Arutinov, G. , Feinaeugle, M. , & Römer, G-W. (2020). Experimental investigation of the jet-on-jet physical phenomenon in laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT). Optics express, 28(25), 37436-37449.
  • Your Challenge

    During chip bonding, generally, the dimensions and properties of the bond and hence the conductive structures depend greatly on the properties of the metallic solder and the soldering method used. However, for integration of different chips in a same system, the density of these contacts is of major importance for the overall system footprint and cost. Due to the ability of the laser to focus energy in a very small volume, it is possible to transfer solder materials with a higher precision and possibly with improved material properties, while being a contactless method not requiring a cleanroom atmosphere.

    In this project, you will investigate novel methods for laser-assisted soldering of circuit elements that can improve the assembly of heterogeneous systems of electronic and photonic chips. You will develop a setup to enable the laser-assisted transfer and analyse printed materials at the Chair of Laser Processing, contributing to the use of these materials in real integrated circuit systems to decrease the size of these features. This work will be carried out as a collaboration with knowledge institutes and companies within the consortium.

    You will closely collaborate with researchers in other groups at the University of Twente and the industrial partners in the project. You will also have access to the renowned research facilities of the University of Twente.

    If you are someone with a strong background in laser-material processing, preferably in ultra-short pulsed laser-material processing, material science, photonics or engineering, driven by curiosity, creativity, and dedication, we invite you to apply for this opportunity.

    Your profile

  • You have a Master’s degree, preferably with distinction (or international equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Photonics, Electrical or Materials Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
  • Good knowledge of fundamental aspects of laser-material processing. Applied knowledge in laser micromachining are an advantage.
  • Experience in using a range of technologies/techniques for surface characterisation, e.g. SEM, EDX, AFM, etc., would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment and undertake experimental research.
  • Good knowledge/demonstrated awareness of (numerical) modelling.
  • Excellent analysis skills and an analytical mind-set, as well as excellent communication skills, including written.
  • English language proficiency. If you have not graduated in a country where English is the first language, then you will need to demonstrate your English proficiency by having passed IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum overall score for IELTS is at least 6.5 with no component being below 5.5.
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating closely with colleagues, researchers and other staff.
  • Starting date of the position as soon as possible.

    Applications from suitably qualified female applicants are particularly welcome.

    Our offer

    Our offer

  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities. And we provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • A starting salary of € 2.770,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 3.539,- gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 40 leave days per annual year in case of full-time employment.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with many facilities for sports and other activities.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine [MF1] a plan for a suitable education and supervision.
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