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Asst./Assoc. Professor in Reliability of Power Electronics (Tenure Track)

As an Assistant/Associate Professor your focus will be on the following tasks: Develop a new research line in the field of reliability of power electronics …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 3389 - € 5656 per maand


As an Assistant/Associate Professor your focus will be on the following tasks:

Develop a new research line in the field of reliability of power electronics systems. Power electronics systems are used increasingly in a wide range of application fields for energy transition such as renewable energy systems (solar, wind), electric vehicles and future grids but also for electric ships and aircrafts. Reliable operation over the designed lifetime is essential for any power electronics system and the dependability on power electronics is becoming a prerequisite for system safety in several key areas, e.g., energy, or transportation. In terms of function and performance, their complexity grows. Depending on the application of a specific system, a number of stressors—e.g., high temperatures, temperature cycling, humidity, dust, vibration, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and radiation—can endanger the safe operation of its components. The large number of fragile elements in power electronics systems includes semiconductors, capacitors, magnetics controllers, sensors, and auxiliary devices. The failure of a single part causes downtime and maintenance cost.

The research carried out will be disruptive and fundamental but with very broad application field. It constitutes good ground for high-impact dissemination and filing of intellectual property, setting TU Delft in leading. Young and ambitious researchers would find in an excellent engagement for developing scientific leadership and in TU Delft the ideal place where to nurture and protect personal development. Assessing reliability of single components is physics based (fundamental research) and spans across materials science, applied physics and electronics. Assessing reliability of sustainable energy systems requires application of reliability concepts from other fields. Reliability of power electronics in sustainable energy systems as novel discipline encompasses science-driven and industry-driven collaborations with other faculties, universities and industrial players.

Education: Contributions to teaching in the BSc Electrical Engineering programme and the MSc Electrical Sustainable Energy programme and Electrical Power Engineering, with a focus on power electronics.

Management: Acquisition and management of national and international research projects. Establishing strong collaborations with academic and industrial partners.

Participation in international bodies such as IEEE. A holistic approach, in which design, implementation, deployment, and analysis are integrated, is strongly desired; we expect the applicant to actively collaborate with other researchers from academia and industry to realise this aim.


You must have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering related to power electronics. Overall knowledge and experience with power semiconductor devices and experimental implementation of power electronic converters for sustainable energy systems (solar wind, electric mobility, grids) as well as previous work experience in one of these areas, is required. Previous experience with reliability studies is a plus.

An excellent academic track record reflected by publications in the leading international journals is required. You should have a demonstrated ability to initiate and direct research projects and to obtain external funding. Experience in teaching and mentoring is considered an advantage. You also have an open personality and good communication skills. Demonstrated ability in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of the Dutch language is an advantage.


At the start of the tenure-track, you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.      

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr. P. Bauer, Head of the DCE&S group, email: p.bauer@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)152784654.

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV that includes a list of publications, contact information of at least three scientists whom we can contact for letters of recommendation, and a research and teaching statement along with a letter of application to hr-eemcs@tudelft.nl before July 31, 2019. When applying please refer to vacancy number 2019-40.