Master Thesis – Keep it cool! Optimize the thermal management of magnetic components

Master Thesis – Keep it cool! Optimize the thermal management of magnetic components in power electronic applications (f/m/d)

Befristet, Vollzeit · VILLACH

Between 2019 & 2022, SAL & industry partners developed the world’s most compact onboard charger in the Tiny Power Box project. New records will be broken in the follow-up “Tiny Power Box 2.0”. 

You will collaborate with leading EU industry partners and be supported by the scientific team at SAL alongside your academic supervision at your university. The topic of this Master's Thesis investigates the effectiveness of various design strategies to reduce "hot spots" in magnetic cores operating at high switching frequencies while dissipating rated power for high-power-density On-Board Charger including following aspects:

  • 3D Modeling of cores and windings with high fidelity details.
  • Analyze different magnetic materials shapes and sizes for optimal cooling concepts.
  • Simplified CAD Models for thermal simulation using FEA and CFD.
  • Design of data driven, and analytical models based on the gathered results.
  • Documentation of research outcomes.
  • Work with other students & scientific staff in the same project. Together, the team will use your research & designs to build and evaluate an optimized onboard charger demonstrator for the next generation of electric vehicles.
  • Scientific publication at relevant conferences would be supported & encouraged.
  • Enrolled Master student in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science or Physics (or similar / equivalent).
  • Basic knowledge of power electronics (basics of power devices, simple converter topologies, inductors and capacitors).
  • Experiences with power electronic circuit simulation tools (e.g., PLECS, LTspice) is a plus.
  • Experience with PCB and/or CAD design software is a plus (e.g., Altium Designer).
  • Experience with Multiphysics simulation, FEM and CFD simulation tools (e.g., Ansys, COMSOL) is a plus.
  • Basic experience with electronics laboratory equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, soldering etc.).
  • Applied experience in power electronics is optional but would be a strong plus.
  • Eager to learn new things and deep dive into niche technical topics.
  • Work as part of a larger scientific team, good communications skills.
  • Fundamental knowledge of power electronics (basics of semiconductor devices, power converter topologies).
  • Highly enthusiastic and motivated, willing to learn new technologies.
  • Self-organized and target-oriented working style.
  • Good communications skills, fluency in English, both written and spoken.
  • Start of your employment as soon as possible.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4.- /day food allowance in restaurants / € 2.- /day in  supermarkets.
  • Family-  & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a competitive gross salary of EUR 1.713, paid 14 times a year.  

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, RF (radiofrequency) systems, system integration and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2023. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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Deadline: 2023-04-13
Location: Austria, Villach
Categories: Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electronics, Laboratory Engineer, Physics, Power Electronics, Science management,


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