PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 01, 2021 00:00
TW08 - Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Limited duration
Master’s degree in Sciences: Electrical or Electronical Engineering or Applied Physics or Master in industrial sciences electrical engineering or electronics, or an equivalent degree.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The research group EELAB / Lemcko is affiliated with Ghent University and located on the UGent campus in Kortrijk. EELAB/Lemcko is specialized in Power Quality, Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), smart µGrids and renewable energy. You can find more info on

Job description

Behaviour of power conversion harmonics in the frequency range 2 – 500 kHz
Within the assignment you conduct scientific research in the field of power quality, high frequency power quality and EMC. The research topic focusses on modelling grid connected equipment in the frequency range 2 to 500 kHz, including PV, storage and EV-chargers. You conduct measurements on the available microgrid, you model the grid and grid connected devices, classify devices and predict the influence of background distortion on high frequency harmonics. You publish your results. Additionally, you will support the Lemcko staff in teaching and lab sessions.


  • You model the grid and classify grid connected equipment in the frequency range 2 – 500 kHz and higher. An in depth knowledge of transmission lines, measurement techniques and power electronics is necessary to accomplish this task.
  • You model, predict and measure the influence of background distortion on high frequency harmonics
  • You write scientific publications and contribute to project reporting.
  • You supervise bachelor and M.Sc. students during projects and practical courses related to your own research.

Job profile

  • You have one of the following Master degrees with specialization:
    - Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering (subject Electrical power engineering), Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Applied Physics
    - Master of Science in Engineering technology – Electronic Engineering or Electrical Engineering
    - Equivalent Master in Electronics or Electrotechnics
  • You are highly motivated, self-critical, you work with rigour and attention to detail, and you work accurately
  • A good knowledge of Matlab, Python and Latex is an asset
  • You have a strong interest in power quality, EMC and electronics
  • You combine being an active team player with a strong sense of autonomy and responsibility.
  • You have good communication and writing skills and have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

How to apply

You can apply via an e-mail to until 1st August 2021
The following documents must be included with your application:

  • CV
  • motivation letter
  • a copy of the required diploma (if already in your possession)
  • other documents: a reference letter, study results, etc.

UGent has an equal opportunity and diversity policy and therefore encourages everyone to apply.

Candidates are first screened based on the application. Those who qualify, will be invited to a selection interview. Candidates with a doctoral degree cannot apply.

What we can offer you?

  • We offer you a PhD scholarship as a contractual recruitment of 1 year, with another 3 years after positive evaluation. During the first period, you will also apply (when eligible, and in collaboration with your promoters) for additional scholarship funding. Your appointment will start by 01/09/2021 at the earliest. The aim is to obtain a doctoral degree.
  • You will receive a PhD scholarship according to the general conditions at Ghent University. The tax-free scholarship includes full social security coverage.
  • You will work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and international research environment.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as 38 days of paid leave, a wide range of training and education opportunities, bicycle commuting reimbursement, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits can be found on our website.

Attention: Late applications are not accepted. As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunity and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

More information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Jos Knockaert (