Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

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

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​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…).


  • 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.


  • 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 4.582, paid 14 times a year). Your actual salary depends on your experience and qualifications. We offer a salary in the range between EUR 85.000 to EUR 95.000 (annual, based on an All-in contract and bonus).


 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.

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Head of Research Unit – Power Electronic Architecture and Topologies (f/m/d)
Inffeldgasse 33 Graz, Austria
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