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PhD student: Electronics Cooling Technology (m/w)

  • GE Corporate
  • Co-op/Intern
  • Posted 1/23/2017 8:18:18 PM
  • 2737574
  • Job Function: Engineering/Technology
  • Business Segment: Corporate Global Research
Location(s): Germany ; Garching

About Us:
GE Global Research - Europe employs approximately 200 engineers and scientists from more than 40 different countries. Our scientists and technologists come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, sciences and materials research.

Located in the heart of southern Germany, Global Research - Europe sits on the Garching campus of the Technical University of Munich. This creates a unique blend for our scientists to be in a university setting, while performing research in a world-class industrial lab that is dedicated to bringing new technologies to market. The facility also operates closely with technology teams at GE businesses across the globe, ensuring effective transition of breakthrough innovations from the lab into advanced products and services. Within the R&D community, the center maintains close partnerships with numerous universities, research institutions and technology companies in Germany and abroad.

Current research at the facility focuses on automated manufacturing of composite parts, waste heat recovery for industrial and power applications, grid integration of renewable energies, molecular imaging for cancer diagnostics, high power electronics for stationary and mobile applications and advanced compressor technologies.

GE is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that promise we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world's brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles... people like you.

Role Summary:
You will work in a team of thermal and electrical engineers to develop and characterize high performance thermal management solutions. In this role you will study 2-phase flow phenomena and phase change heat transfer through experimental methods.

Essential Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will work on heat transfer and fluid dynamics experimental methods for a range of GE products, especially high power electronics cooling.
As a PhD student, you will:

  • Develop a 2-phase flow and heat transfer characterization test facility for various working fluids and internal flow geometries
  • Execute state-of-the-art heat transfer experiments to acquire high quality data within an acceptable uncertainty
  • Collaborate with colleagues across GE businesses to implement inventions and improvements based on these findings
  • Create a “Digital Twin” of the components in an electronics cooling system model
  • Be a part of a team to design, procure, and build Minimum Viable Products (MVPs)


    • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline, with a strong focus on heat transfer/thermodynamics
    • Strong knowledge of 2-phase flow and boiling heat transfer
    • Experience in experimental methods, including test rig design, instrumentation, data acquisition, and uncertainty analysis
    • Interest in electronics cooling technologies
    • Strong environmental, health and safety ethics
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in English

      Desired Characteristics:

      • Final year Masters Student
      • Experience with Matlab, SolidWorks, and LabVIEW
      • “Hands on”/practical individual
      • Motivated self-starter
      • Fluency in German

        Locations: Germany ; Garching

        GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
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