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PhD position on Medium Voltage connected battery charging

PhD position on Medium Voltage connected battery charging

Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
Promovendus
Faculteit(en)
Faculteit Electrical Engineering
Graduate Program(s)
Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
31/10/2020
Aanvraagnummer
V36.4621

Functieomschrijving

This PhD position is part of the NEON Research program. An interdisciplinary program with over 30 PhD positions, over 20 involved companies and 7 academic institutions. Lighting the way to zero emission energy and mobility by combining engineering, psychology, and social sciences into integrated models to explore, shape and predict these transitions.

Within the NEON project, you will be working on charging infrastructure for electrical vehicles, specifically those with high battery capacity and short turnaround times, such as buses, trucks and ships. These all require high power charging (>1MW) to be able to keep the charging times low. Moving towards fully electrified transportation will see a large rise in the installed charger capacity, which will pose a large strain on the distribution grid. To alleviate the loading of the low voltage grid, these high-power chargers will be directly connected to the medium voltage grid (10-20kV).

The candidate will investigate possible solutions for these high-power MV chargers and will be particularly researching the design, implementation and control of the isolation stage of the MV-charger. This stage is required to supply the necessary isolation between the medium and low-voltage sides against high voltage surges. It should control the power flow between the grid and the battery. Your main research directions will be:

  • Modelling and design of a power electronics topology that supplies sufficient isolation against high voltage. Optimal combinations of magnetic transformer design and power converter topology will be critical.
  • Control of the power converter topology, taking into account the required isolation in the feedback path between primary and secondary side.
  • Experimental validation of the designed solution

As a PhD student, you will be working in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group in the Electrical Engineering department (https://www.tue.nl/epe). Weekly meetings will be held with the direct supervisors, and regular meetings will occur with the academic and industrial project partners.

Functie-eisen

The PhD candidate for the NEON project should fulfil the following requirements:

  • MSc degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Strong affinity and experience with power electronics and mathematics
  • Affinity with the following topics: medium voltage technology, magnetic (transformer) design, state-of-the-art digital control, electromagnetic compatibility and thermal performance for power electronics
  • A working knowledge of distribution grids
  • Strong analytical and research skills, both regarding theoretical work and experimental validation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to independently organise his/her own work, to solve problems, to set and achieve goals and to cooperate with others
  • Willingness and ability to participate in the education in BSc and MSc programs (both taught in English)
  • Good scientific writing and documentation skills
  • Strong command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

  • Challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment.
  • A full-time appointment for a period of 4 years at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). With an intermediate evaluation after nine months.
  • Gross salary between € 2.395,- and € 3.061,-.
  • TU/e offers an additional 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • An extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program), the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).

Informatie en sollicitatie

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr.ir. Maurice Roes, m.g.l.roes[at]tue.nl

For information about terms of employment, please contact HR: hrservices.flux@tue.nl

More information on employment conditions can be found here: http://www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/. 

Application

If interested, please use the '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.
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English must be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).

Please note that you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!