PhD student for next generation ultrahigh precision power amplifiers (V36.3006)

PhD student for next generation ultrahigh precision power amplifiers

Position
PhD-student
Departments
Department of Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
30/09/2017
Reference number
V36.3006

Job description

The Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for: 

PhD student for next generation ultrahigh precision power amplifiers with focus on highly linear, accurate power amplifiers for high precision motion applications.

The research will be conducted within the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group, Department of Electrical Engineering in close cooperation with industrial partners.

Research challenge

The accuracy of power amplifiers is highly important in many high-precision applications. In for example the semiconductor lithography industry, the bandwidth and power output requirements are estimated to increase drastically over the coming years. To reach these goals, while adhering to strict accuracy requirements, it is necessary research new types of DC/AC power converters and their control. 

Both a higher power level and bandwidth can be obtained by using more complex power electronics configurations. A higher complexity in terms of power converters, unfortunately usually comes at the cost of more complex control. Therefore it will be necessary to consider the control of the power converter at the same time as its topology. The overall research goal of the project is to create power electronic and control structures and methodologies that together exhibit very predictable behaviour, and have a simple transfer function when observed from the motion control perspective. 

The project provides a very nice balance between fundamental research and practical aspects, making the research quite diverse. The candidate will have to work at a higher abstraction level on power converter topologies and their control, in order to achieve the high power, bandwidth and accuracy goals, while the research outcomes will also have to be experimentally validated. Since the Electromechanics and Power Electronics group has a much expertise in high precision power electronics, the candidate will be building on, and extending, knowledge gathered over years of research, making it a very rewarding project.

Electromechanics and Power Electronics group

The EPE-group research activities span all facets of electromechanics and power electronics, in particular linear and rotary electrical machines, multi-level power converters, and design tools.  The EPE group has a strong interconnection with industry via direct, national and European funded projects in a variety of application areas like high-tech systems (semicon, robotics, medical) and sustainable energy (mobility, transport, smart grids). EPE owns a modern (opened in 2015) research laboratory (680m2) with additional workshop facilities and an electrical drive educational laboratory. The PhD student will join the group and collaborate intensely with the other members of the EPE group (around 50 researchers), where he/she will participate in a mixed academic / industrial research activity. Research within the EPE Group is characterized by personal supervision. 

The aim of this PhD research project is to investigate new BMS concepts which allow tight integration in efficient drive systems. Key targets are high power density (i.e. low weight) and high efficiency.

Job requirements

For the PhD position in this project, candidates with and MSc degree in Electrical/Aerospace/Control Engineering and Physics will be selected and hired as doctoral students in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics Group (https://www.tue.nl/epe)for a 4-years period. The candidate should have: 

  • an excellent knowledge and background in electronic and electromechanical power conversion, 
  • affiliation with industrial / aerospace applications, 
  • a very strong analytical background,
  • strong insight in systems development,
  • experience in using Matlab, Simulink, LT-Spice tools and FEM programs,
  • strong programming and experimental skills,
  • work experience in a multi-partner international project environment,
  • a good command of the English language is required.

The candidate will closely cooperate with the other parties involved in this project. Your CV must include a complete list of the marks obtained during your whole university career

Conditions of employment

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years;
  • gross salary between € 2.222,00 per month (first year) and € 2.840,00 per month (last year);
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);

Information and application

Information

  • For  information  concerning  employment  conditions  you  can  contact  Mrs.  Tanja van Waterschoot, t.a.m.v.waterschoot@tue.nl.
  • For more information about the project, please contact the chair of the EPE group - prof. dr. Elena Lomonova, e.lomonova@tue.nl.
  • More information on employment conditions can be found here:  http://www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/. 

If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following: a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work. Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!

Application

If you are interested in this position please send:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;