PhD Opportunity – High-power pulse generators for geothermal energy, ETH Zurich

PhD Opportunity – High-power pulse generators for geothermal energy, ETH Zurich ETH Zurich, Switzerland (source: flickr/ edwaado, creative commons)
Carlo Cariaga 10 Jan 2022

ETH Zurich is recruiting a PhD candidate for research on pulse modulator technology to be applied in geothermal drilling

ETH Zurich is recruiting for a PhD candidate for developing, modelling, and optimising new concepts for high-power pulse generators for geothermal energy. This position will be under the Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE) at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET).

This is a new research project in the area of advanced pulse power. The research topic focusses on the development of new concepts for pulsed power modulators, which should generate pulses with a very fast pulse rise times (<100ns), with a pulse amplitude in the range of hundreds of kilovolt, and with a high pulsed output power of more than 100MW.

With the modulator system, new drilling concepts for cost efficient drilling of very deep holes required for enabling a broad application of geothermal energy for base load energy provision are investigated.

The candidate must have a diploma/M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and/or physics with excellent grades, fundamental knowledge of power electronic converter systems, good communication skills, fluency in English and the willingness to fully commit yourself as part of an international team.

For more details on the opportunity and the links for application, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ETH Zurich job landing page.

Source: ETH Zurich