Head of Research Unit – Power Electronic Architectures and Topologies (f/m/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · GRAZ

Your future responsibilities
​We are looking for an extremely talented research unit head who will serve as leader and promoter of the highest quality, industry-ready research in the field of power electronics. 

  • Further development of a research unit with currently more than 10 scientists with the focus on power electronic converter systems for a wide range of fields and applications.
  • Vision for long-term research opportunities in power electronics.
  • Setting up and managing research projects together with a variety of industrial and academic partners .
  • Shaping the division research program and project portfolio together with supervisors and peers.
  • Effective delegation of research questions to the right combination of SAL scientists for best team performance.
  • Research unit budget and resource planning and controlling.
  • Overall, guiding the research unit towards generation of high-quality research findings, scientific excellence, and economic impact.
  • Development of power electronic hardware topologies and architectures. Focus on highly compact converting systems for various fields of application with low to medium power ranges.  
  • Advanced modeling and optimization of electronic systems.  
  • Developing of control architectures and modulation strategies for dynamic and efficient converting systems.   
  • Design of magnetic components and transformers (incl. planar) for fast switching converting systems.
  •  Vision for how future power electronics systems and topologies can benefit from other scientific domains (e.g. artificial intelligence, sensor technology, thermal engineering, numerical techniques…). 

Your profile
  • PhD degree in electrical engineering, electronics, applied physics or related fields with a specialization in power electronics.
  • At least 6 years of practical experience in power electronics. Experience in a scientific environment would be beneficial.
  • Expertise in power electronic hardware topologies and/or related control engineering.
  • Strong scientific track record as evidenced by publications, invited lectures, etc..
  • Project  management skills.
  • Experience with the Austrian and European funding landscape preferred.
  • Active industrial and academic network preferred.
  • Contacts  within the international power electronics industrial network is a plus.
  • Autonomous, well organized and enjoy working in a dynamic and multi-cultural team.
  • Innovative and keen on finding solutions for applied research challenges.
  • Leadership qualities, the ability to inspire, promote and motivate young scientists and researchers to achieve their best performance.
  • Excellent oral and  written communication skills in English.
Important Facts about SAL
  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.
  • Start: as soon as possible.
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) in occupational group G (G1 salary = EUR 5.356, paid 14 times a year). Your actual salary depends on your experience and qualifications. We offer a gross salary in the range between EUR 85.000 to EUR 120.000 (annual, based on an All-in contract and bonus).
Become part of Silicon Austria Labs
Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) has been founded to be a top Euro­pean re­search center for elec­tronic-based systems. The Division Power Electronics cooperates with world leading scientific and industrial partners to provide technologies for the power electronic systems of tomorrow.
About us

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronics and Software Based Systems (ESBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire ESBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2026. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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