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PostDoc position on Automotive Fuel Cell to Battery Power Interface (V36.4189)

PostDoc position on Automotive Fuel Cell to Battery Power Interface

(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of Electrical Engineering
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Job description

This PostDoc position targets the further development of advanced DC-DC power converters to be applied in an automotive environment, in a project supported by NWO and industrial partners.

In this project, in collaboration with a user committee of various industrial partners, recently developed converter technology will be used to improve the interface between a hydrogen fuel cell and a storage battery. Having a flexible power interface between these two subsystems allows exploiting their various advantages to the fullest. This project focuses on demonstrating and valorizing a technology that effectively allows combining a fuel cell and a battery pack, which results in a very high energy density and high peak power capability at low overall system cost. This results in electric vehicles with longer range, lower weight, ultrafast refueling/charging capabilities, at a low cost price.

The candidate will work on a prototype Dual-Active Bridge (DAB) Converter using Optimal Trajectory Control (OTC). This combination allows fast and robust control of an already proven converter concept. The main target of the project will be to make a considerable step in technical readiness level (TRL), to bring the technology closer to industrial application.

The candidate will be based in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group in the Electrical Engineering department. There will be recurrent meetings planned with the industrial user committee.

Electromechanics and Power Electronics group                                             

The EPE-group research activities span all facets of Electromechanics and Power Electronics, in particular advanced mechatronics systems with magnetically levitated linear and planar actuators, multi-level power converters and high-precision power amplifiers. The EPE group has a state-of-the-art 650m2 laboratory with multiphysical measurements (electrical, magnetic, and thermal):

It is a world leading group in the field of modeling, control and design techniques for power electronics as applied in high-precision and automotive environments. The group carries out both fundamental and applied research and has many research collaborations with industrial partners. The group consists of 50 people of which 20 PhD students, 5 PostDocs, and 4 PDEng students.

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate with both MSc and PhD diplomas in Electrical Engineering, with strong affinity to power electronics and the realization thereof, to fast, state-of-the-art digital control, and mathematics. The selected candidate will be appointed in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics Group ( The candidate should have:

  • Experience in analog design.
  • Experience in power electronics design.
  • Knowledge of control of non-linear processes.
  • Experience of PCB design optimized for EMC and thermal performance.
  • Strong skills in programming tools (Matlab, C, VHDL).
  • Strong analytical and research capabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to independently organize his/her own work, to solve problems, to achieve desirable goals and to cooperate.
  • Work experience in an industrial environment is a plus.
  • Project management skills are also a plus.
  • Ability to participate in the teaching process in BSc and MSc programs (both taught in English).
  • Good scientific writing and documentation skills.
  • Strong command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch/German language is a plus).

Conditions of employment

  • Challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment.
  • Full-time temporary appointment for 18 months.
  • Gross salary between € 2972,00 € 4274,00 per month depending on experience and knowledge.
    Moreover, an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year allowance is provided annually. 
  • 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 including a complete list of the marks obtained during your whole university career, a letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work. Recommendations will be requested upon the submission of the documents.

  • 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 at least two references;
  • Copies of diplomas with course grades;
  • Graduation thesis.
  • PhD thesis

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