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Postdoc Position of Power Electronics at Virginia Tech (On Power Electronics for 100 W-100 kW Ocean Energy Harvesting)

Position Summary:

This position requires a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or a related engineering field with experience on power electronics design and implementation from 100 W to 100kW. As part of this position, the candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to ongoing and potential future related projects, including ocean wave energy conversion, ocean tidal and current energy conversion, offshore wind energy, and regenerative vibration control, funded by the U.S DOE, ONR, NSF, national labs, and industry. The candidate will also be engaged with other research, development and outreach activities of the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS).

Roles and Responsibilities:

1.    Conduct research on topics across power electronics for off-grid and grid applications, including AC/DC and DC-DC converter design, energy storage, power management, maximum power tracking, feedback control, etc.

2.    Significantly contribute to multiple concurrent projects through research design, data collection, analysis, modeling, simulation, implementation, and demonstration.

3.    Manage project activities and staff, including mentorship of doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students.

4.    Develop new research programs and other professional duties in a timely manner.

5.    Collaborate with faculty, researchers, staff, and students in the project team at VT and from external organizations, to:

a.        Successfully complete research deliverables;

b.       Disseminate efforts and findings from research and outreach initiatives including manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications, topical conferences, symposia, and workshops.

How to apply:

Candidates with required knowledge and experiences can send resume with contacts of three references to Prof. Lei Zuo (

Lei Zuo, Ph.D,  Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director, NSF IUCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems

Virginia Tech,  Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

  Email:, Phone: 540-231-7270


Multiple graduate research assistantship and wage positions are available in the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) at VIrginia Tech

Multiple graduate research assistantship and wage positions are available in the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) at VIrginia Tech. We expect the student(s) will participate in projects funded by NSF, ONR, DOE and industry, and work on the energy harvesting circuits, power management, and control. The Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab and CEHMS directed by Prof Lei Zuo have active research on energy harvesting from vibration, motion, fluid, and heat, using electromagnetic, piezoelectric, and thermometric transducers, at mW to KW scale.

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