PhD and postdoctoral opportunities in Wireless Power Transfer

12 February 2019

Our Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering is recognised as a global leader in the field of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT). This achievement alone sets us apart in an already successful Engineering faculty in New Zealand's largest university.

We are currently seeking talented researchers to join us on a funded Wireless Power project. Beyond the core responsibilities, this opens up opportunities for successful candidates to work alongside Professor Patrick Hu, whose expertise you may leverage include Wireless Power and Electro-magnetics. This particular research is being undertaken to provide fundamental technologies for future commercial applications.

Applications for all positions will close on 17 March 2019.

Please use the online application portals, or contact the Project Manager, Gabriel Kung, for all applications or enquiries about both positions.

PhD positions

Two prestigious PhD positions are available. Successful candidates will receive a tax-free $35,000 stipend per annum plus fees. 

Please be aware that these positions are competitive – our shortlisted candidates will go through two rounds of interviews jointly organised by our funder and University – and we will only consider applicants with very strong academic backgrounds and research capacity.

Interested candidates may:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

We are seeking a talented Research Fellow for a three-year, fixed-term contract to work on the project. The successful applicant will:

  • Lead a team who research, design, and develop new wireless power topologies to enable wireless power for new applications
  • Manage a team of PhD candidates and work directly with Professor Patrick Hu and the commercial sponsor
  • Get opportunities to work alongside other project teams

Our successful candidate will ideally:

  • Bring RF expertise to the Wireless Power research and development team, in particular RF circuit and/or antenna design expertise to complement our existing strengths in Power Electronics and Wireless Power
  • Exhibit a positive, can-do approach to both research and practical implementation and have demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Possess knowledge of the fundamentals of Wireless Power, Power Electronics, and/or electro-magnetics, and preferably has understandings of Inductive and Capacitive Coupling and electro-magnetics
  • Have a passion for research, Wireless Power, and engineering with strong practical and problem solving abilities
  • Have interpersonal skills that enables them to interact comfortably with a range of people and to the lead the small research team

You must also meet the following application requirements:

  • Graduated with a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Expertise in the design of RF circuits and/or antenna design, preferably in Medium and High Frequency 1-50MHz
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team

For more information, please email our Project Manager, Gabriel Kung.