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PhD Position in Power Electronics

SDU Electrical Engineering (EE) invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in Sonderborg related to the Center for Industrial Electronics ( . EE ( is part of the Mads Clausen Institute ( at the Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark.


Job description 


The research topic of the PhD project is ‘Advanced topologies for ultra-high-speed Drives’. The target is, via exploration of various approaches and in a combination of experiments and modeling to realize an ultra-high-speed motor drive. This work thus will include:

  • Definition of criteria to compare the different approaches and technologies by analytic, simulative and laboratory methods
  • Design and buildup of at least one demonstrator including (slim) gate driver, measurement circuits, power electronics and control
  • Test of the ultra-high-speed drives in real applications to proof the theoretically derived results  

The PhD work includes:

  • An independent research project completed under academic supervision
  • A course program of an extent corresponding to six months of studies (30 ECTS points)
  • Participating in teaching and other dissemination activities, such as conferences, corresponding to approximately six months of work.
  • Participating in active research environment, including stay at other, (mainly foreign) research institutions, of no less than 3 weeks and no more than 6 months
  • Completion of a PhD Thesis.
  • Defense of the PhD Thesis in public

The successful applicant is requested to have:

  • A Master degree in Electronics, Power Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
  • A strong background and interest in Power Electronics, with competencies in topologies, power devices, motor control, simulation and hardware implementation.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Good collaboration and communication skills.

The start date is 1st of April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Further information is available from Associate Professor Toke Franke. Phone: +45 6550 9042, email:


Conditions of employment


Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position. The 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.

An assessment committee will assess all applications. Each applicant will receive his/her own assessment. An interview might be part of the assessment 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:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed application form
  • Application stating reasons for applying. Please attach your application to “application material” under “Research Plan”
  • Diplomas
  • Calculation of grade point average in 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 for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.



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