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Opportunity at Naval Postgraduate School   NPS

Design, Develop and Test of High-Power Power Electronics


Naval Postgraduate School, Engineering, Applied Sciences and Computer Science

opportunity location
62.10.03.C0433 Monterey, CA 939435138


name email phone
Di Zhang 540.267.6074


Active research areas at the High-Power Power Electronics Lab are:

-High-fidelity modeling and simulation of advanced power converter topologies for targeting for high power power conversion applications, e.g. Megawatt (MW) class, Kilovolt (KV) DC power system for future Navy applications.

-Fault management system for Medium Voltage (MV) DC power system, including both hardware component development and test, such as solid state DC circuit breaker, and control scheme design and implementation.

-Design, Build and test hardware components which can be either scaled down prototype for concept verification or full power demonstrator to be integrated into the full system.

-Participate in the development of design guidance in the target applications.


The primary objective of the postdoctoral position is to offer the opportunity for excellent and self-motivated doctoral graduates to work at the forefront of research in a multi-cultural environment. 


Publications in high impact international journals are expected and fostered, as well as participation in leading international conferences. 


The candidates should have a doctoral degree in Power Electronics or other related Electrical Engineering areas.


The research conducted at the High-Power Electronics Lab aims at general scientific and engineering contributions and uses a combination of analytical development, numerical simulations and experimental testing.


The High-Power Power Electronics lab has been awarded several multiple-year projects from different government agencies on MV high power converter technologies. These projects will be executed collaboratively with top universities in the power electronics area including Virginia Tech, Clemson University and University of Connecticut, etc. More research funding opportunities is on the pipeline to be shaped in the next years.


The position is for two years renewable up to 4 years depending on performance and availability of funding. The position is open to Non-U.S. Nationals as well as U.S. Nationals. The position comes with a competitive salary, personal and family medical insurance, relocation allowance and travel allowance for conference participation. 



1. Di Zhang, Jiangbiao He and Di Pan, "A Megawatt-Scale Medium-Voltage High Efficiency High Power Density “SiC+Si” Hybrid Three-Level ANPC Inverter for Aircraft Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 5971-5980, Nov.-Dec. 2019.

2. Di Zhang, Jiangbiao He and Sachin Madhusoodhanan, "Three-Level Two-Stage Decoupled Active NPC Converter With Si IGBT and SiC MOSFET," in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 6169-6178, Nov.-Dec. 2018.

3. Di Zhang, Dong Dong, Rajib Datta, Andrew Rockhill, Qin Lei and Luis Garces, "Modular Embedded Multilevel Converter for MV/HVDC Applications," in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 6320-6331, Nov.-Dec. 2018

Power Electronics; Power Converter; Medium Voltage; MVDC; Control; Prototype; Modeling; Circuit breaker; Mega Watt; Power System;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$67,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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