Ph.D. candidate for modelling and optimising advanced magnetic devices for future highly efficient converter systems
ETH Zurich, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Ph.D. candidate for modelling and optimising advanced magnetic devices for future highly efficient converter systems

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 advanced magnetic devices for future highly efficient converter systems, 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 important area of modelling/optimising magnetic components. Highly efficient as well as compact transformers and chokes are decisive elements in most power electronic systems, because these components drastically influence the efficiency and power density of converters. In order to keep up with the fast development of semiconductors (e.g. wide band gap SiC MOSFETs/GaN HEMTs), advanced concepts for magnetic devices and especially comprehensive models of the core losses should be developed by you. These models should be computationally efficiently integrated in optimisation procedures of power electronic converters and are mandatory for achieving outstanding system efficiencies and power densities as well as for gaining an advantage in competition. For verifying the new concepts and the models, you will design and build prototype systems and evaluate them in detail by measurements.

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 a 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 electronics.


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.

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) 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 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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