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PhD position in Electrical engineering, Power electronics, Physics – ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE) at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) 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

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General Info

Position: Ph.D. candidate
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 4'460 CHF/Month

Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE)
Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich, Switzerland

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Qualification Details

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 pulsed power systems and should be willing to make yourself familiar with basics of plasma physics, since the load of the modulator system is an arc.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing Ph.D. research in the interdisciplinary area of pulse generator (modulator) systems. The research topic focusses on the development of new concepts for pulsed power modulators, which should generate pulses with a very fast pulse rise times (<100ns), with a pulse amplitude in the range of hundreds of kilovolt, and with a high pulsed output power of more than 100MW. With the modulator system, new drilling concepts for cost efficient drilling of very deep holes required for enabling a broad application of geothermal energy for base load energy provision are investigated. Besides the development of the basic modulator concept, the Ph.D. position involves also the detailed modelling and optimisation of the modulator system. For verifying the concept and the models, laboratory scale test systems are built and operated in our medium voltage laboratory. After a successful test, a full-scale prototype system should be built in collaboration with industry partners and other research institutes.

In our lab, you can expect a challenging and scientifically highly exciting full-time position in a dynamic, international team at one of the world-wide leading 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. In the framework of the project, you will also collaborate with other research institutes and industry partners.

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Documents Required

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • comprehensive CV
  • your B.Sc. and M.Sc. transcripts
  • electronic copies of the B.Sc/M.Sc. thesis and/or your publications (if available)
  • 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.

About the Employer: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Note or Other details

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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Contact details

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

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