Master Thesis – Printed batteries for wearable healthcare applications (f/m/d)

Master Thesis – Printed batteries for wearable healthcare applications (f/m/d)

Befristet, Vollzeit · VILLACH


Point of care devices like glucose monitors have become omnipresent in everyday life, yet diseases like kidney disease can go unnoticed. At SAL, we aim to design unobtrusive wearable systems that can detect kidney disease from sweat biomarkers. To improve the user experience and ensure portability, a thin and flexible battery is required to deliver energy and ensure the uninterrupted functionality of sensors and sweat generation systems. 

The aim of this Master Thesis is the development and optimization of printed & flexible batteries for seamless integration into wearable systems. The following activities will be partaken as part of this thesis:

  • Perform literature review (scientific articles, patents, etc.) to gain insights into the latest advancements in printed battery technologies. 
  • Optimize battery fabrication via printing methodologies.
  • Assess and characterize the mechanical and electrochemical properties of printed batteries materials. 
  • Provide actionable recommendations to enhance the energy density, flexibility, and overall performance of printed batteries.
  • Collaborate with the project team to support the seamless integration of optimized printed batteries with biosensors and iontophoresis electrodes.
  • Perform data analysis and prepare detailed reports. 

  • Master student in electrical engineering, materials science, electrochemistry, or similar fields
  • Experience with laboratory experimental set ups (printed electronics and/or battery technologies a plus)
  • Strong analytical skills to conduct thorough data analysis and provide comprehensive reports. 
  • Experience with CAD tools
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to convey findings, challenges, and recommendations.
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and eagerness to learn. 
  • Good communication skills in English. 

  • Full-time position (38.5), temporary: 6 months.
  • 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. 
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA).  For this position, we offer a monthly gross salary of EUR 1.863, paid 14 times a year.

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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