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 renewable energy sources or in traction applications. A further research focus is on solid state pulse modulator systems for medical applications (imaging/cancer treatment) and accelerators. For a new research project on pulse solid state modulators, we are recruiting a
Ph.D. candidate for developing and building new concepts for ultra-fast, medium voltage solid state pulse modulators
We are looking for outstanding, highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing Ph.D. research in collaboration with international renowned research institutions in the area of accelerators for basic physics research. The research topic of the Ph.D. candidate focusses on the development of new concepts for solid state pulse generators/modulators which enable to generate ultra-fast high-power pulses in the range of a few nanoseconds and amplitudes up to several kilovolts. Based on this research the fundamental limits for the switching speed of wide band gap semiconductor devices including all parasitic elements should be identified and the feasible design space for high power solid state pulse generators should be extended to the nanosecond range. There, the development of the new concept also involves the detailed investigation and modelling of parasitic effects, which limit the possible switching speed. For verifying the concept and the models, a full scale prototype system is built in collaboration with the research partner. You may 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.
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 work hard as part of an international team. In addition, you should be interested in the development and investigation of new power electronic converter concepts and the comprehensive modelling and design of converter systems as well as in detailed operation of semiconductor devices.

We look forward to receiving your application inculding a letter of motivation, CV, B.S. and M.S. transcripts, electronic copies of the B.Sc./M.Sc. thesis and/or publications (if available) and names and addresses 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.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Biela at jbiela[at]ethz.ch (no applications) or visit our website www.hpe.ee.ethz.ch.