Postdocs for a new European research project
The Section for Electrical Energy Technology under the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Aarhus University invites applicants for a two-year postdoctoral position, offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a European research project with a focus on the development of the next generation of energy storage systems and microgrid applications.
The employment start date is 1 September 2023 or shortly after that.
The research project
You will be part of a European-funded project focusing on technology development for the next generation of electrochemical storage and microgrid applications to the decarboniz the energy and transportation sectors.
We design technologies that cover a wide range of applications, such as smart cities and residential self-consumption, backup power systems in isolated areas (such as copper mining), energy management, and grid balancing in renewable power production.
We perform research in projects that aim to develop and integrate technologies and processes to create a new concept of an intelligent, modular, and scalable battery pack for a wide range of electric cars used in urban electromobility services, from mid-size electric vehicles to electric buses
Other focus areas are the development of disruptive topologies for power converters using new semiconductor materials as well as cutting-edge digital technologies to improve architecture efficiency, power density, reliability, cost, and sustainability, targeting electric drivetrains of 1200V for zero emissions class N3 (carriage of goods > 12 tonnes) and O4 (trailers >10 Tonnes) heavy-duty vehicles.
Similarly, we work on microgrid applications to help developing countries meet their climate neutrality goals by combining photovoltaic systems with biomass combined heat and power technologies coupled with electrical energy storage systems optimized for specific applications.
We work in an international and multi-disciplinary setting in projects that integrate the expertise of different European partners in electrochemistry, electrochemical energy storage, electronics, process engineering, smart sensors, IoT, and solar power industries, aiming to decarbonize the energy and transportation sectors.
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For this project, we are looking for a highly qualified person with an electrical engineering background with a focus on power electronics for electrical energy storage systems, design of battery management systems or microgrid design, optimization and implementation. The ideal candidate should be familiar with state-of-the-art standards and customized converter technologies for energy storage applications and have experience designing such systems, including component selection based on reliability, cost, simulations and testing. A background in the design of advanced battery management systems, controls and balance of plant is a plus.
You should think out of the box, seek development opportunities, and love to be at the cutting edge of new technologies. Translating your knowledge and good craftsmanship into robust solutions is essential.
The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (or equivalent), preferably with a specialization in the field of high power engineering or similar.
Experience in power electronics
Knowledge of control of power electronics (particularly DC/DC converters)
Knowledge of battery storage technologies and battery management systems
Sound experience with scientific publication
Excellent English skills, both oral and written
Who we are
The Section for Electrical Energy Technology focuses on energy system integration and energy transition towards a more efficient, circular, and reliable energy system in the future. This includes coordinated planning and operation across multiple energy systems and renewable energy production, infrastructure, and consumption.
The section is undergoing rapid expansion concerning educational and research activities, including three large H2020 projects. In recent years, it has become the most important place of study in Denmark for the electrical power engineering area at the Bachelor’s level.
The section has established the RESCUE laboratory – http://www.rescuelab.au.dk/ – which researchers, students and companies use alike. The main goal of the laboratory is for researchers to gain practical experience with future energy systems based on the full integration of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biogas, and storage systems.
In addition, the group has expanded its activities to Aarhus University’s campus in Herning, where it has established the first “online” electrical energy technology degree programme, including a large energy technology laboratory.
Place of work
The place of work is at Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.
Further information about the position may be obtained from the project leader, Associate Professor Corneliu Barbu (phone no.: +45 9352 1325/email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The application deadline is 31 July 2023. The application must be written in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans, and information about research activities and teaching portfolio.
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.
Letter of reference
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Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.
Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.
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