PhD Student

Last application date
Apr 30, 2020 23:59
TW08 - Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master of science 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. At the department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering (ESME), the modeling and optimization of electromechanical drive trains is an important research topic.

To design cost effective, compact and integrated electric powertrains beyond the current state-of-the-art, new expertise has to be created related to the design and multiphysics modelling of electric machines and drives.

For a project with a company, an overall optimization framework for electric drives is to be developed, based on multiphysics models, and taking into account constraints on parameters, detailed loss models for iron loss and permanent magnet loss, high-frequency interactions between the power electronic converter and the electric machine, thermal aspects, … An important part of the project deals with investigating new technologies for windings and materials for magnetic laminations, both in experiments and in the multiphysics models. Parametric studies must be done to investigate the over-all efficiency of the complete electric drive.

As a PhD student, you will work on several aspects of this project: multiphysics modelling of the considered type of electric machine, development of loss models, and experimental work to investigate a.o. the effect of several winding types and magnetic material types on the performance of the machine.

The initial contract duration will be one year, in which you are hired as a PhD researcher. The contract can be extended to a full 4 year PhD research period under the condition of a positive evaluation after the initial period. 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.

Profile of the candidate

  •  You hold a master of science degree in engineering, preferably 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 drives
  •  You have good communication skills in English.
  •  You like challenging scientific research in a multidisciplinary and international context.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to before the 30th of April 2020. Please include contact details of two referees. 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 Skype. Job interviews will be held in May.