PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 30, 2024 00:00
TW08 - Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Limited duration
Master in electromechanical or electrical engineering
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Ghent University is a top 100 university worldwide and one of the major universities in Belgium, with more than 44,000 students and 15,000 staff members. The Electrical Energy Laboratory (EELAB) at UGent received a research fund from FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Flanders),) for research Project “Computational efficient multiphysics-based topology design of high-performance electric machines employing additive manufacturing”.
This project aims at developing smart parameterized multiphysics models for the electric machines. As a PhD student, you will contribute to the development of high-fidelity free-form parameterization models for modeling electromagnetic, thermal, and mechanical properties of electric machines especially, a permanent magnet-assisted synchronous reluctance machine. This work is very close collaboration with a second PhD student who will work about data-efficient topology optimization of electric machines.
Ghent University offers an attractive salary with additional benefits, a positive and inspiring working environment and training possibilities. You will work at the Electrical Energy Laboratory in the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park in Zwijnaarde.

Job profile

  • You hold a master of science in electromechanical or electrical engineering.
  • You are motivated, creative and have a passion for academic research. You have an affinity with both experimental research and simulation software.
  • You have a strong technical knowledge, expertise and experience in the domain of electric machines, especially multiphysics simulations of electric machines.
  • You have good communication skills in English.
  • You like challenging scientific research in a multidisciplinary and international context.


  • We offer a full-time position as a doctoral fellow, consisting of an initial period of 12 months, which - after a positive evaluation, will be extended to a total maximum of 48 months.
  • Your contract will start on June 1, 2024 at the earliest.
  • The fellowship amount is 100% of the net salary of an AAP member in equal family circumstances. The individual fellowship amount is determined by the Department of Personnel and Organization based on family status and seniority. A grant that meets the conditions and criteria of the regulations for doctoral fellowships is considered free of personal income tax. Click here for more information about our salary scales
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

How to apply

If you applied before for this position, please don’t apply again. To apply please send your CV and motivation letter to before April 30, 2024; please write in the subject of the e-mail FWOStudent. If you pass the pre-selection, you will receive further instructions on the selection process and will be invited for a job interview, possibly via Teams.