PhD student to analyze, design and test a superconducting linear motor (V36.3065)

PhD student to analyze, design and test a superconducting linear motor

Faculteit Electrical Engineering


Job description
The Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for:

PhD student to analyze, design and test a superconducting linear motor for high-dynamic servo applications in multi-disciplinary team.

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

Research challenge
Linear machines are the main building blocks for positioning stages in the semi-conductor industry. They enable high accelerations (in the order of 50-200m/s2) and are pushed to their physical limits to maximize the productivity of the applications. In order make a significant step in acceleration levels (fivefold increase), breakthroughs in linear motor technology are required and superconductivity is seen as an important technology for that. The high dynamics of the application and the consequent AC losses and stresses in the superconductors make this a very challenging task. The goal of the project is to analyze, design, construct and test a fully operational superconducting linear motor. This task is carried out by a multidisciplinary team of PhD candidates, postdocs and technicians in two universities with the support of three companies. The main tasks of the PhD student in the EPE group are the extensive modelling of the AC losses, dynamic performance prediction of the superconducting motor and its design and optimization.

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 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.


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

• experience with (applied) superconductivity,

• an excellent knowledge and background in electromechanical power conversion or electromagnetics,

• affiliation with industrial applications,

• a very strong analytical background,

• strong insight in systems development,

• experience in using Matlab, Simulink and FEM programs,

• strong programming and experimental skills,

• work experience in a multi-partner and multi-disciplinary project environment,

• a good command of the English language is required. 

The candidate will closely cooperate with the other parties involved in this project.


•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);

Informatie en sollicitatie


  • For information concerning employment conditions you can contact HR-Services, Mrs. Tanja van Waterschoot,
  • For more information about the project, please contact the chair of the EPE group - prof. dr. Elena Lomonova,

More information on employment conditions can be found here: .


If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae (the CV must include a complete list of the marks obtained during your whole university career)
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position
  • a portfolio with relevant work.


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