Postdoctoral Researcher in Material Mechanics Modelling of MEMS

Aalto University



Smart miniaturized systems in demanding applications from medical and wearable to power, optical and automotive electronics are based on sensing and actuation by micro- and nanoelectromechancial systems (MEMS/NEMS). While currently MEMS functional elements are made of silicon, the diversification of applications, low power consumption and higher integration density demand utilization of new materials in MEMS. The research of Electronics Integration and Reliability group is focused on piezoelectric materials for MEMS/NEMS and three-dimensional (3D) integration of sensor systems including thin wafer stacking of MEMS devices, high performance logic and RF components.

Postdoctoral Researcher – Material mechanics modelling of MEMS

We are looking to fill a postdoctoral researcher position to support the research on MEMS materials and integration by using multiscale FEM simulation and other computational tools. Our goal is to gain an in-depth understanding how multilayer membranes and other ultrathin material stacks deform during manufacturing, how microstructure and crystal growth influence the residual stresses and functional performance of sensor systems, and what are their implications on long term reliability. Your task is to provide theoretical modelling both by using existing FEM modeling methods, and developing new computational approaches combining atomistic and continuum models for stress analysis.


-          doctoral degree with a strong background in material mechanics in relevant electronic materials
-          expertise with computational engineering tools for stress and strain analysis of complex structures, material models and multiscale modeling methods
-          good knowledge in MEMS and semiconductor technologies

We offer

-          fixed-term position for 3-years (1 + 2 years contract)
-          possibility to participate in already funded public-private-partnership projects and network with major European industrial and academic project partners
-          opportunity to conduct independent academic research and contribute to new research funding applications
-          co-operation with a 10-people expert team with in-depth knowledge in advanced micro- and nanofabrication to test and validate modeling results
-          possibility to co-advise graduate students
-          annual starting salary of 45,600 €
-          occupational health care and social security benefits

The appointment is available immediately.

How to Apply

To apply, submit the documents indicated below using the on-line recruitment system link ‘Apply now’, by September 15th, 2019. Application materials should be submitted in a single pdf file and in English. Your application should include the following attachments: a short cover letter stating your motivation, CV, a copy of study records, list of publications and names and contact details of 2 references.

Additional Information

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