PhD student to create a generalized model for iron loss calculations (V36.2580)

PhD student to create a generalized model for iron loss calculations

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Job description

Challenging PhD in Electromechanics and Power Electronics.

The Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for: PhD student to create a generalized model for iron loss calculations in simplified structures that represent electrical machine stators in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group, Department of Electrical Engineering. 

The Department of Electrical Engineering is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology and provides BSc and MSc programs in Electrical Engineering. The department has nine research groups and has research collaborations with other departments at the Eindhoven University of Technology as well as with a large number of other universities and companies, both within The Netherlands and internationally. The Electrical Engineering  faculty  has  approximately 300  employees and 1000 students. 

The EPE group has a track record of developing dedicated design tools in close  cooperation  with industry. The PhD student will participate in an industrial research program and will collaborate intensely with the other members of the EPE group (around 50 researchers). The aim of his/her PhD research project is to research accurate loss calculation methods that are characterized by high dynamic performance, high power density and high efficiency, where research within the EPE Group is characterized by personal supervision. 

Research challenge

Due to rising energy costs, high efficiency motors have been increasingly in demand in the last decade. Furthermore, for reasons of compactness and (thus) weight, high speed machines are preferred. Unfortunately, designing a (high speed) machine for high efficiency does not automatically result in a low cost machine. For example, choosing very thin laminations for the stator stack results, on the one hand, in lower electromagnetic losses and higher efficiency, however, on the other hand, increases the machine cost. This inherent trade-off will be thé limiting factor in tomorrow’s electric drives.  The scientific and technological breakthroughs will be used in the Dutch and Flemish industry involved in estimating the detailed efficiency of electric drives including the influence of stacking  techniques, internal stresses, glued versus non-glued stack, influence of radial and axial pressure, lamination shape, deterioration effects due to cutting and assembling.


Job requirements

For this project, a candidate with MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics will be selected and hired as doctoral student in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics Group ( for a 4-years period. The candidate should have an excellent knowledge and background in magnetic field modelling (from low to high frequency), affiliation with high speed applications and a very strong mathematical background. The candidate will closely cooperate with the other persons involved in this international project. Previous experience with the design of non-linear electromagnetic modelling including electrical machine design and the use of FE tools, is a must. 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 € 2.191,00 and € 2.801,00;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);

Information and application


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!


  • 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;


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