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Air pollution from emissions by various industries is a persistent and major societal problem with serious implications for people's health and pollution in nature. With current technology, many industrial processes, however, are difficult to clean, without consuming large amounts of water and energy. To effectively filter the pollution of processes, a novel technology is being researched and developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology. This technology significantly reduces the energy consumption of filtering, and improves the filtering effectiveness with approximately a factor of 10. If the technology proves to be successful, it is a breakthrough in exhaust and waste gas cleaning.
Within this project, the Power Electronics lab at the Eindhoven University of Technology is looking for a talented PhD-candidate. In this position you will work on the gallium-nitride (GaN) based pulse source that will be used to power an air cleaning reactor. You can unleash and develop your innovative and creative qualities to research, develop, implement, and validate the advanced techniques which are required to power the reactor, which requires pulses with a voltage of several kilovolts with a pulse rise time of less than a nanosecond. Such pulses are an order of magnitude faster than current state of the art, meaning significant technological challenges have to be overcome within the project.
You will work together with the Electrical Energy Systems group of TU/e and several companies, which allows you to exchange knowledge and to broaden your network. Additionally, presenting your findings and ideas to the scientific community is an essential part of your work, for which there are extensive travel possibilities.
Power electronics lab
This project will be carried out in the Power Electronics lab in the faculty of Electrical Engineering. The lab is world-leading in high-precision and high-performance power converters, as well as modeling, control and design techniques for such converters. Both fundamental and applied research is carried out and research collaborations with industrial partners are numerous. We are a young, dynamic and enthusiastic team, underlined by our regularly organized events and informal atmosphere.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic colleague with a MSc-degree in electrical engineering, with a strong affinity with power electronics, the realization thereof, state-of-the-art digital control, and mathematics. The candidate should have:
- Enthusiasm and motivation to work on highly challenging research topics, and the talent to contribute to the progress of science and technology.
- Experience in power electronics and analog design.
- Strong programming skills (MATLAB, C, VHDL).
- Strong analytical and research capabilities.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to independently organize his/her own work, to solve problems, to achieve the desired goals and to cooperate.
- Project management skills are 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 language is a plus.
- Commitment for the project duration of 4 years.
Conditions of employment
- A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
- A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
- To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
- To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
- A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
- Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called '30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
- A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.