University of Twente

Full Professor in Power Electronics

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Job description

The University of Twente (UT) invites highly motivated and hardworking senior researchers with an excellent track record to apply for the position of full professor in Power Electronics (PE) within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

The challenge
We offer a challenging position in a stimulating, enthusiastic, diverse, and international academic environment. You will have a high degree of independence and responsibility, while collaboration, both internally and externally, is strongly encouraged. Power Electronics & EMC (PE) is a young and growing research group at the University of Twente, established by combining power electronics expertise that the late Prof. Braham Ferreira brought along with the existing leading-edge EMC activities.

  • Your research will focus on power electronics components, converters and systems.
  • The position calls for a senior researcher with broad experience and vision to be able to lead the broad activities and expertise in the group from basic technology (power semiconductor devices, packaging) to integration of power electronics in systems (battery-enabled systems, energy access, mobility) including EMC and measurements aspects.
  • You will play a central role in teaching power electronics to students of all levels.
  • You will lead the PE group within our university, consisting of 6.1 fte scientific staff members and currently close to 30 PhD students.
  • The Dutch government has invested significant funds to boost science & engineering research and education in The Netherlands (Sector Plan). The UT has chosen Power Electronics as a focus point for allocating these funds.
  • The PE groups research is embedded in the recently established Centre for Energy Innovation at the UT, within the research programs Advanced Battery Technology and Digitalization of Energy Systems.

Your profile

Candidates we seek:

  • hold a PhD degree and a research background in power electronics;
  • have a strong publication record and a high standing in the field and a track record of leading scientific research;
  • have a vision on future developments and a passion to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • are active in academic and industrial networks for acquiring research funding, and have ambition and experience in working closely with several companies;
  • possess a (equivalent of) basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('UTQ'), or willingness to acquire this;
  • have strong collaborative capabilities, management, administration, and communication skills;
  • have passion to develop the research agenda of the PE group and to initiate, extend and maintain collaboration at departmental, national and international levels;
  • is an inspiring and excellent leader who is able to successfully work in a multidisciplinary research field.

Are you up for the challenge to lead both the research as well as teaching on this state of the art technology?

Our offer

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include:

  • A fulltime tenured position as Professor with a maximum salary of €10.106 gross per month, based on experience and qualifications;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • Possibilities to save up holiday days for sabbatical leave;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • A startup package;
  • Excellent working conditions, support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Send your application before December 1,via the 'Apply now' button below and include:

  • A curriculum vitae (including, list of publications, research and teaching statement and three names of potential references).
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.

About the department

Power electronics is nowadays found in almost every system where electricity is used for computing, communication, renewable energy harvesting and transportation. It is a key technology for improving energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

Many of our projects involve integrating power electronic converters in systems dealing with modelling and optimizing the interaction between the components; such as   batteries, solar cells, electrical machines and electromechanical actuators. Working as an engineer in real life you will often have to solve problems related to  power quality, electromagnetic compatibility and  overheating  while tuning the system for best performance.

Our research focuses on battery electronics, conducted and radiated electromagnetic interference and power electronic packaging as well as on physical layer of communication systems. One special theme of the program is small solar systems with battery storage to provide off-grid electric services to 3 billion people living in energy poverty. It is a challenging research field because it not only requires innovative and reliable technology, but the solutions need to be sustainable from a socio-economical point of view.   
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About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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Full Professor in Power Electronics
Drienerlolaan 5, Netherlands
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