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Engineering Doctorate on Electricity-to-Heat conversion

Engineering Doctorate on Electricity-to-Heat conversion

Postgraduate Design Engineer (EngD)
Electrical Engineering
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Job description

The post-master designers program is a prestigious two-year salaried program in the field of technological design, leading to an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree. It develops the trainee's capabilities to work within a professional engineering context, in an application- and system-design-oriented setting. For more information, please check .

Project context
For many industrial processes is required to provide high temperature heat derived from emission-free sources. One way to provide such is by converting electricity from renewable sources (wind and solar PV) into high-temperature heat using Joule heating of wide- bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide (SiC). PTGe, an R&D company spin-off from TU/e ( ), together with an industrial partner, aims in this project to develop such SiC heater able to convert high voltage power into heat at defined operating conditions. The EngD trainee will be employed at PTGe, working in a multidisciplinary team in very close collaboration with a team of experts from the industrial partner.

Project description
At PTGe there is already initial data available on the concept of using SiC for conversion of electricity to heat. The EngD candidate is expected to extend the literature survey on the different SiC-based heating elements, to design and assemble a High voltage setup for testing the electricity-to-heat conversion of the heating element and to collect experimental data with the developed setup. Attention will be paid on the dependence of the electrical and thermal properties of the heater on the SiC grades type (including impurity level, crystal structure). The effect of the applied electric field, temperature and gas environment will be investigated as well. The candidate is expected also to support the study of (long-term) aging mechanisms in the heating element and their mitigation.

Job requirements

The ideal candidate is talented and self-motivated and should hold a MSc degree or equivalent in electrical engineering or similar field, has excellent laboratory skills, experience in the field of electrical power circuits and scaling up from lab to bench-scale and beyond.

The candidate must have excellent command in English, good team working skills and be able to cooperate with people from various disciplines. He/she has to be capable of analytical and innovative thinking, and of working on a tight schedule.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious company (PTGe) with a close relationship to Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • A full-time employment for the two years of the traineeship, after which a permanent position at PTGe is envisaged.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • To support you during your EngD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for EngD trainees.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


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  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas and grade transcripts.
  • The result of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

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