PhD on high-voltage switching in pulsed-power systems

Eindhoven University of Technology
January 15, 2023
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PhD on high-voltage switching in pulsed-power systems



Irène Curie Fellowship



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Job description

The Electrical Energy Systems (EES) group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) seeks to hire an outstanding PhD candidate within the field of high-voltage pulsed power research.

This PhD position is a four-year salaried position and leads to a PhD degree.

Project description

In the PhD project, the main focus is on designing and implementing high- voltage switching systems for high-power pulsed power technology, specifically on the unique spark-gap systems that will be required for this project.

The PhD project is part of a larger project, in which a pulsed power tool will be developed for geothermal applications. Different project partners will work on this tool and as a PhD candidate you will work on a subproject in the overall project: the design of spark-gap systems and the 3D electromagnetic and electrostatic simulations of the entire tool. What makes the design and implementation of the spark-gap systems so challenging is that they have to be able to operate at very high pressures (up to 1000 bar) and high temperatures (several 100 degrees). The PhD candidate will research, design and implement these spark-gap systems through simulations and research setups in the lab. Finally, these spark-gap systems have to be implemented in a demonstrator.

In the project, you will work closely together with the project partner IHC mining. Researchers and engineers of this company will be working on parallel tasks in the larger project and you will frequently join forces. In addition, you will be working closely together with BSc, MSc and PhD students from the university, and engineers from the other project partners. Activities will be a balanced mixed of research and design activities.

Electrical Energy Systems Group

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a world-leading research university specializing in engineering science & technology. The Department of Electrical Engineering is responsible for research and education in Electrical Engineering. The discipline covers technologies and electrical phenomena involved in computer engineering, information processing, energy transfer and telecommunication. The department strives for societal relevance through an emphasis on the fields of smart sustainable systems, the connected world and care & cure. The TU/e is the world's best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry (#1 since 2009).

The Electrical Energy Systems (EES) group has a strong research line on Pulsed Power Technology, which is the topic that deals with the generation of the short high-voltage pulses. By generating very short high-voltage pulses, we can produce chemically active electrical discharges (plasmas). These plasmas can then be employed for environmental applications, such as air or water purification or to “activate” water, which gives the water disinfecting and fertilizing properties. Other uses for plasma are medical (wound disinfection, wound healing acceleration) and surface treatment of materials (etching, deposition of layers, surface modification, etc.). Pulsed Power Technology is practiced at several world-recognized institutes around the world. One of these top institutes is the EES group at Eindhoven University of Technology.

In EES' High-Voltage laboratory (a 14x14x8m Faraday cage) we work on (nanosecond) high-voltage pulse source design, plasmas, pulsed power applications and all the intermediate steps in the process. Our main focus is on the development of nanosecond pulsed high-voltage circuits that generate pulses from several kV to hundreds of kV and from less than one nanosecond duration to pulses of several hundreds of nanoseconds duration.

Job requirements

We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • A master's degree in Electrical Engineering with excellent grades, preferably with a specialization in pulsed power and high-voltage engineering and some knowledge in practical mechanical engineering.
  • Experience with working in a lab environment. For this project it is important that you feel comfortable working with high voltage, but also that you can design and implement prototypes and research setups in the lab.
  • Be able bridge the gap between fundamental concepts and theories on the one hand, and practical implementation and evaluation of these concepts on the other hand.
  • A team player that enjoys to work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Good communication and organization skills.
  • Excellent English language skills (writing and presenting).
  • Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
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    About us

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.


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