Power Electronics & Electromagnetic Compatibility, the UT researchers will focus on power electronics, their control through firmware and electromagnetic compatibility of these systems. The activities include, but are not limited to modelling and testing of electronics in the operating environment as specified within aviation standards like RTCA DO160 and RTCA DO254. In the domain of aerospace, weight and volume are constrained. Hence, part of the research focuses on reducing the volume and weight of passive components using modeling and verification via scalable technology demonstrators. This will require finding a good match between the power electronics in the power supply, the propagation path and the power user(s), while maintaining control of temperature drift.  Keeping the optimal temperature per component within an acceptable operating temperature range should be controlled through control and optimization algorithms, which are implemented in firmware. The system functions, prioritization of system functions, and the stability and functionality of them, in case of occurring system failures should be thoroughly set up. To this end, an investigation of the stationary and non-stationary characteristics of the control system will be carried out.

The project is part of the National Growth Fund, and thus the main goal is to develop systems (products) with significant revenue potential. The researchers at the University of Twente are responsible for developing the knowledge and technology needed for the realization of these systems. Therefore, the three researchers will require to collaborate intensively with each other, and the project partners, as each research has a main focal point in the domains: Power ElectronicsElectromagnetic compatibility or Control & signal processing.


1 July 2023: Launch of position

1 October 2023: Deadline for online application

November 2023: Selection and interviews

1 Jan 2024: Targeted starting date


We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and curios researcher;

  • You have, or are about to get, a master’s degree in power electronics, packaging, electromagnetics, material science or a related field;
  • You have a background in physical electronics, analytical mathematics and simulation;
  • You are familiar with numerical methods in mathematics and physics, such as finite difference and finite element methods;
  • You are an excellent teammate in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists and engineers working on a joint assignment;
  • You are creative, like to push boundaries, and are highly motivated to address major scientific challenges in light-matter interaction physics;
  • You are proficient in English and able to collaborate intensively with industrial and academic parties in regular meetings and work visits.


As a PhD researcher at the University of Twente, you will be appointed to a fulltime position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment;

  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a salary ranging from around €2.770,- gross per month at the start to around €3.539,- in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • A training program in which you and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.


Are you interested after reading about this vacancy? Please send us the following documents before October 1st:

  • An application/motivation letter
  • A detailed CV (Europass) including a publication list, contact details of referees, and an academic transcript of BSc. and MSc. education.

The selection procedure includes an interview and scientific presentation.

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Lillian Hannink (vacancies-pe-eemcs@utwente.nl).


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