Ph.D. candidate for modelling, optimising and designing advanced power converter systems for future energy distribution

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE) at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering performs international leading research on power electronic converter systems required for example in future energy distribution systems for integrating renewable energy sources or in traction applications/electric mobility. A further research focus is on solid state pulse modulators for medical applications (computer tomography/cancer treatment) and accelerators (CERN). For a new research project on the modelling and the optimisation of power electronic converters, we are recruiting a Ph.D. candidate.

Job description

We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated people interested in pursuing Ph.D. research in the multi-disciplinary and trendsetting area of modelling and optimising power electronic converters with the goal to design highly efficient and compact systems for example for integrating renewable energy sources in the grid, for electric mobility or for energy distribution. Besides modelling the complete converter system, the focus in this project is on developing models for novel semiconductor devices as for example SiC Mosfets or GaN HEMT, which allow to characterise the switching and conduction behaviour/losses. These models should be implemented in a computationally efficient way, so that they can be used in automated optimisation procedures and design tools of power electronic converters. For verifying the new models, you will design and build various prototype/test systems and evaluate them in detail by measurements under different operation conditions.

In our lab, you can expect a challenging and scientifically highly exciting full-time position in a dynamic, international team at one of the leading world-wide technical universities. Furthermore, we strongly support participation at international conferences and offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits as well as outstanding research and laboratory facilities for your experiments.

Your profile

The candidate must have a diploma/M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and/or physics with excellent grades, fundamental knowledge of power electronic converter systems, good communication skills, fluency in English and the willingness to fully commit yourself as part of an international team. In addition, you should be interested in the comprehensive modelling of power semiconductor devices as well as the function and optimal design of power electronic.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: comprehensive CV, your B.S. and M.Sc. transcripts, electronic copies of the B.Sc/M.Sc. thesis and/or your publications (if available) and names/adresses of references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE) can be found on our website For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Biela, Tel +41 44 632 69 22 or e-mail (no applications).

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