PhD in Power Electronics

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a 3 year positions as PhD in the area of Power Capacitors and their applications. The positions are located at the section Electrical Engineering in Sønderborg within the Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE). Starting date is April 1st, 2019, or as soon as possible.

Sønderborg is an international campus with students from more than 60 nationalities. The Faculty of Engineering is represented by the Mads Clausen Institute (MCI). Recently, in a partnership with local actors, the Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE) has been founded, which is part of the section Electrical Engineering at MCI.

The task portfolio of the PhDs will be linked to several projects within CIE. CIE is embedded in a powerhouse in electronics, which includes researchers and developers at universities and industries on both sides of the Danish-German border. CIE is a new initiative striving for high quality and great impact of its research, innovation and education. Central to achieving this objective is access to state of the art facilities and close collaborations with industries.

The aim of the positions are to build strong knowledge and competencies within advanced characterization of modern Aluminium electrolytic and metallized film capacitors including development of lifetime models and material characterization.

Job description

  • You will conduct research in the field of modern power capacitors, e.g., Aluminium electrolytic capacitors or metallized film capacitors, develop models for lifetime prediction, methods to predict and test for reliability, understand physics of failures. Research should be validated by theoretical, modelling and experimental methods.
  • You will participate in planning, execution and documentation of projects with industrial partners.
  • You will be involved in the daily supervision of Master and Bachelor students.
  • You will publish and present your work both at international conferences and in scientific journals with high impact.
  • You will assist in teaching activities.

Profile and requirements
• You have a Master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) in Power Electronics, Physics, Chemistry or related fields.
• You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
• You are interested in a longer term commitment in a growing research group and you are willing to work in close cooperation with industry.
• You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Further information is available Associate Professor Thomas Ebel, Head of CIE, phone: +45 93 50 72 05, email: .

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.  An interview will be part of the assessment process.

Conditions of employment
Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position. Employment of a PhD fellow can only happen after the PhD Committee has approved the candidate for admission to the PhD school. The enrollment and employment will cease without further notice at the end of the 3-year period. Further information about salary and conditions of employment.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An employed PhD fellow cannot have other paid work during the employment.

Requirements for the position
To be considered for the position it is required that the applicant meets the requirements for enrollment in the PhD school. Applications are required to have a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) at the time of enrollment and employment.

An assessment committee will assess all applications. Each applicant will receive his/her own assessment.

If shortlisting is used, only shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee.

An interview might be part of the process.

Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The applications must include as enclosures:

Completed application form
• Curriculum Vitae
• Verified diplomas and transcripts of exams
The form for calculation of grade point average
• An official document describing the educational structure and the grading scheme of the awarding universities
• Verified written statement or assessment of the thesis or dissertation project given by the programmes educational institution, if the thesis is evaluated by approved/not approved
• Application stating reasons for applying. Please attach your motivated application to “application material” under “Research Plan”.
• References, you’re welcome to use this form

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application must be in English.

Further information about the PhD programme and for  international applicants about entering and working in Denmark can be found at:
The SDU PhD webpages
The faculty PhD webpages
The international Staff Office at SDU
Study in Denmark
Work in Denmark

Deadline: 15 February 2019
Unit: Faculty of Engineering
Campus: Sønderborg
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday February 15th, 2019