Research Associate, Institute of Semiconductors and Microsystems

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
23 May 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

At the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Semiconductors and Microsystems, the Chair of Microsystems offers two positions as

Research Associate (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting at the earliest possible date. The positions are limited for 36 months. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The positions offer the chance to obtain further academic qualification (usually PhD/habilitation thesis).

Tasks: Within the framework of SSP 2206, we are looking for two research assistants for the development of a cooperative elastomeric multi-actuator platform for our project "CALMAR" in cooperation with the Chair of Mechatronic Systems at TU Berlin.

Your work will include the following tasks:

  • working out the basic definition of the system architecture based on basic units, such as dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs), dielectric elastomer switches (DESs) and hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuators (HASELs), together with all researchers involved
  • carry out development work to improve the capabilities of DES and analyse fundamental problems related to the design, operation and environmental sensing of kinaesthetic DES-HASEL actuator units
  • investigate the passive mechanical behaviour of the designed cascadable elastomeric multi-actuator structures and the active system properties and transfer functions of simple active DES and HASEL skeletal systems
  • gain knowledge on multivariable control strategies for the cooperative elastomeric multi-actuator 
  • platform with self-sensing functionalities
  • design, realization, validation and demonstration of a cooperative multi-actuator platform.

Requirements: above-average university degree and, if applicable, PhD in the fields of electrical engineering, microsystems engineering, materials science or related fields; experience in at least three of the fields of microsystems engineering, microtechnologies and soft robotics is desirable; ability and willingness to work independently, goal-oriented; high level of commitment; confident knowledge of the English language.

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please send your application with the usual documents by June 12, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail services applies), preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf file to or to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Institut für Halbleiter- und Mikrosystemtechnik, z.H. Herrn Prof. Dr. Andreas Richter, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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