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3-year PhD positions in Energy Informatics

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)



SDU Center for Energy Informatics (CEI) is an interdisciplinary industry-oriented research and innovation center with an international outlook. The center focuses on development of innovative digital energy solutions that can facilitate the transition towards a sustainable energy system. The center is part of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, and located at the main Campus in Odense, Denmark.

CEI invites applications for a number of fully-funded 3-year PhD positions. The starting date for the positions is as soon as possible in 2020, and it will be agreed with the successful candidate. Application deadline is June 1st, 2020.

Profile and requirements
We are looking for highly motivated and ambitious students with excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken), who can work well in a team as well as independently and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics.

Preferred candidates are required to have a master’s degree in engineering or applied physics with documented educational experience in the topics of mathematics, physics, energy system engineering, statistics, optimization, control theory, mathematical modeling and basic programming such as MatLab or C.

If at the time of application, the applicant has not yet obtained a master’s degree, a letter from the master thesis supervisor attesting to the eligibility of the applicant must be provided.

The PhD projects
The announced PhD positions are part of implementing the center’s strategic research objectives within the following areas:

Automated data validation, proactive and predictive maintenance for energy systems and processes

The project aims to develop a diagnostic tool for data validation and reconstruction, automatic fault detection and diagnosis, and fault and critical event prediction for digital energy systems. The tool enables predictive maintenance which is a more proactive and efficient maintenance strategy than the currently used inefficient “wait until it breaks” maintenance approach. The development of the diagnostics tool and framework will be carried-out in close collaboration with industry and includes case studies from the center’s research and development projects.

Optimization of energy system design and operation through utilization of automated identification and quantification of demand-side flexibility

The project aims to develop and apply component-based energy system models for optimal system design and operation in a highly flexible distributed multimodal energy system. It will include development of methods for data-based automation of identifying the components flexibility with centralized and decentralized storage options. It will focus on consumers flexibility on various levels to allow for holistic optimization of operation in a future smart energy system. The project will include case studies from the center’s research and development projects on energy flexible buildings, building clusters, island systems, ports facilities and industries.

The application must include a research plan of max. 3 pages, indicating the candidates expected research for the 3-year PhD period. The plan must include problem motivation, state of art, research question, proposed methodology, and expected results. The research plan must address one of the announced areas and indicate the applicants’ competence to execute the research plan. Research plans addressing other than the announced research areas will not be considered.

Contact information
Further information is available by contacting Vice Head of Centre, Professor Christian Veje, at email veje@mmmi.sdu.dk.

Conditions of employment
Applicants are required to have a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master's degree) at the time of enrollment and employment. Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position (start salary amounts to approx. 3.378,- EURO per month incl. supplements).

Employment of a PhD fellow can only happen after the Head of the PhD School has approved the candidate for admission to the PhD school. Employment and enrollment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

A PhD fellow is not allowed to have any kind of sideline employment, while enrolled as PhD fellow at the faculty.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at SDU in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order), read more here.

The assessment process
Read about the Assessment and selection process.

Application procedure
The Faculty expects applicants to read the Faculty information for prospective PhD students and How to apply before applying.

The application must be in English and must include - the required forms must be found at the above mentioned Faculty website:

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants.
  • Motivation letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. 2 pages). Upload in the field called “Project description”.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, describing research, publication and teaching experience, computational skills and including personal contact information.
  • The research plan as mentioned above. Upload in the field called “Other relevant material”.
  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master's diploma and transcripts of exams.
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
  • References, if any. You're welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.
  • List of publications and maximum 2 examples of relevant publications, if available.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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