PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 29, 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.

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 April 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

Send your CV and motivation letter to before February 29, 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.