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PhD in AmiCable Project: New Methods for ElectroMagnetic Interferences in Cables

PhD in AmiCable Project: New Methods for ElectroMagnetic Interferences in Cables

Electrical Engineering
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Are you eager to develop a groundbreaking philosophy on how to assess exchanges of electromagnetic energy between a cable and its environment? Are you fascinated by understanding electromagnetic challenges over large frequency bands? Are you inspired by a project building on the latest metrology techniques to innovative electromagnetic modelling? Then AmiCable could be the PhD project for you!

ElectroMagnetic Interferences (EMI) occur when unwanted conducted or radiated emissions leads to a degradation, or a loss of function, of a product. Adverse events (related to EMI) are exponentially increasing since a decade. Meanwhile, our electromagnetic (EM) environments are restructuring with renewable electricity, innovative co-located products and systems, and an amount of cables expected to double in the next decade. New insights are needed to adapt cabling strategies: cables are the key propagator of EMI. They amplify, catch, and radiate the accumulated parasitic energy generated by devices. This EM noise is highly sensitive to the statistical characteristics of cable systems. This noise propagates through an intricate network of invisible parasitic interactions and generates a complex electromagnetic field. This research work is especially relevant to the medical technology and transportation industries.

You will join the EMC team of the Electrical Energy System group and collaborate with the Electromagnetics group. The research requires a multidisciplinary approach which combines knowledge of EMC, RF design and metrology to tackle both radiative and conducted aspects simultaneously.

Together with our team you will investigate out-of-the-box modeling techniques and create new knowledge in the understanding of EMI propagation in cables. You will be adapting recent metrology development by our research team in the reverberating chamber to the wider challenge of cables. You will lead the design and calibration of test benches leading to the construction of the first of its kind database of parasitic energy transfers. A user committee with major industrial player of the Eindhoven region will provide regular feedback.

Job requirements

  • A master’s degree in Electrical engineering (with a strong Electromagnetic component or practically oriented physics).
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners from the Brainport region.
  • Ability to work independently with a systematic approach in both theoretical and experimental settings.
  • Background in EMC, electromagnetics and/or RF engineering is preferred.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Anne Roc’h (a.roch[at]

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