PhD scholarship in Electromagnetic Transients of Highly Efficient and Compact Power Electronics Systems with Wide Bandgap Devices

Updated: 14 days ago

The Electronics group at DTU Electrical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for a vacant 3-year PhD position in the area of power electronics.

The Electronics group is responsible for power electronics research including advanced high efficiency dc-dc and dc-ac converters for renewable energy and storage applications. The goal of this PhD project is to research electromagnetic transient phenomenon as well as their associated electromagnetic interference elimination schemes incl. both passive and active approaches, in very compact power electronics systems equipped with wide bandgap power devices.

Responsibilities and qualifications
High frequency power electronics is the key technology of forming future multiple renewable energy systems and achieving energy digitalization. New semiconductor materials i.e. Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC), Gallium Nitride (GaN) have significantly improved power conversion efficiency. However, fast switching transients (which produce high dv/dt and di/dt) introduced by WBG devices also bring more severe and inevitable Electromagnetic Transient (ET), which has become a vital issue and attracted more and more research interest globally. 

In this project, we will research approaches of processing and underlying mechanisms of the high power electronics system’s electromagnetic transient behavers in nature, therefore effectively predict electromagnetic transients, and finally establish a fundamental theory specifically for power electronics analysis and design. This project will use a comprehensive and novel set of methods and multiple levels’ data including time and frequency domains on hybrid power electronic systems across signal, power/energy and harmonics and noise flows using finite element simulation platforms or high frequency modelling based on advanced measurement techniques.

Moreover, this project is a joint PhD project with DTU’s alliance partner University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The PhD candidate will stay at least 6 months and carry out collaborated research between DTU and UQ in the field of power electronics.

Any candidate who:

  • has good grasps of analysis and synthesis of electromagnetic field, as well as electromagnetic noise generation, transmission, perception, and measurement.
  • has good grasps of analysis and synthesis of hard- and soft-switched power converters
  • has experience in multi-physics simulations
  • has experience of using wide bandgap devices, SiC and GaN
  • has experience with digital control
  • has good experience in using PCB layout software
  • has good experience in making laboratory prototypes, debugging and testing power electronic circuits
  • is able to use communication skill in English at a good level
  • has record of high quality journal publications

will be considered as a candidate with favorable background. The candidate with highly self-motivation and enthusiasm, and is able to work well in a team environment.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. 

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide . 

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Zhe Zhang and Professor Michael A. E. Andersen. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Zhe Zhang, tel.: +45 4525 3486 or email: . 

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at and the Electronics group at . 

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than31 May 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • List of published ISI journal articles
  • Documentation of personal power electronics laboratory experience

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

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