A challenge and a unique experience – do your M.Sc thesis at Semiconductor Energy Laboratories (SEL) sponsored by Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki – the top patent holder in world!!

Swedish senior students of technology are invited to apply for a very generous scholarship from frontier technology laboratory SEL through the Sweden-Japan Foundation. The scholarship includes airfare to and from Japan, living cost and a salary in accordance with SEL regulations.  Duration: 6 months. Work place: SEL laboratories in Atsugi, Kanagawa, 1 hour by train from Tokyo.

From March 15 2024 the following projects are open for application:

(1) Building a retrieval system using a large-scale language model

  • We will build a system that receives questions in natural text, searches for appropriate data in a local database, and generates answers using an LLM. Considering methods for evaluating and ranking of search results and prompts for the LLM, the system will improve on current solutions to generate relevant answers
  • Details: AI

(2) Development of new electrolytes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

  • The overall goal is to find an electrolyte that gives a battery with fire protection, higher charge density, and longer lifetime. You will gain detail understanding of the manufacturing processes in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, and the electrolyte you develop may lead to patent applications and scientific publications
  • Details: LiBT

(3) Development of oxide transistor evaluation and advanced LSI circuit design methodology

  • The overall goal is to increase the development efficiency of LSI circuits using oxide semiconductor transistors. You will be expected to contribute to the improvement of current development processes and implement them in actual circuits.
  • Details: LSI

Previous Internships: Internship Graduate Projects

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. is a very unique company, engaged in creative R&D and patenting novel technologies. Profit from the obtained patent is invested to further R&D in the intellectual propery creation cycle of SEL. Over the years, SEL has developed some of the world’s top class technology through research of low-temperature crystalline (continuous grain silicon (CGS) transistors and crystalline oxide semiconductor transistors and possess a great number of fundamental patents in this field. Read more at SEL Website


Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki, owner of SEL, founded the company in 1980. He holds over 17,000 patents (as of October 2021) and renewed his own Guinness World Record in 2016. He has received several awards and decorations in Japan and abroad for his research and innovations.

SEL provides several evening courses and sports activities, for example, tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, badminton, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, etc.