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IR/2018/025 – PhD Scholarship – 100% – Faculty of Engineering – Power Electronics (PE) interfaces and control system for Electric (hybrid) systems

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The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its hospital - UZ Brussel – employs more than 6000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout society.

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of University policy.

The following form part of the University’s mission:

  • the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;
  • the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social engagement;
  • the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.


Subject area:

Power Electronics (PE) interfaces and control system for Electric (hybrid) systems: Focusing on scalable power electronics converters and their integration in Vehicles.

Main tasks:

  • Development and implementation of PE converters with topology selection and advanced control techniques;
  • Modelling of electrical Machines;
  • Development of modular subsystem models and efficient model interfaces to be integrated in the drivetrain (DT) simulation platform;
  • Writing research reports and scientific articles;
  • Presenting research at (international) seminars and conferences;
  • Coach master thesis students.

Questions about content?

Contact Prof. Dr. Omar Hegazy on or +32 (0)2 629 29 92


The candidate must have a Master degree or equivalent from an academic institution in Electrical Engineering.

The candidate should have VERY strong theoretical knowledge and interest in both experimental and modeling work in the field of power electronics, Real-time workshop (RTW) implementation, their control systems and optimization.

The candidate should also have good communication skills in English (speaking and writing), demonstrate initiative and be proactive in the project.

The applicant should have ability to work independently, to carry out complicated tasks, and be a part of a large team with highly communication skills.

Preferred skill requirements include knowledge of power electronics (i.e. DC/DC converters, charging systems, DC/AC inverters, etc.), electric machines, (hybrid) electric vehicles, control and optimization strategies and Matlab/Simulink.

The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text available on the university website).


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This center, with all its opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.

Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalization cover and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities, which are at your disposal, and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at under the heading ‘future employees’.

  • Planned starting date: ASAP
  • Length of contract: 1 year and renewable 3 times
  • Deadline for application: 01/03/2018

Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

All applications must at least include the following attachments:

  • CV;
  • Comprehensive details of academic portfolio;
  • Diplomas;
  • Transcripts and scores;
  • At least two recommendation letters should be provided;
  • Cover and motivation letters.

  • Placed on:Wed 12 December 2018
  • Location: Brussels


Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel


For more information:
at the number: +32 2 629 28 72
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