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Ph.D. positions in Energy and Artificial Intelligence at Uni of Southern Denmark, Denmark 2022


Ph.D. positions in Energy and Artificial Intelligence is available for master’s degree candidates in Energy Systems Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer System Engineering or Robotics at the Center for Energy Informatics (CEI), University of Southern Denmark, Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Center for Energy Informatics (CEI)

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious candidate 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.

The preferable candidate has a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master's degree) in Energy Systems Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer System Engineering or Robotics.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Center for Energy Informatics (CEI) at University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a number of 3 years PhD positions. The starting date for the positions is September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Application deadline is June 30, 2022.

About the PhD positions The PhD positions are offered within the following research topics.

Topic 1. Multi-dimensional assessment of resiliency and sustainability sector coupling solutions

This research topic aims to develop an AI-based forecasting and multi-criteria evaluation framework for assessing the resiliency and sustainability of sector coupling designs and strategies. The framework will provide stakeholders in the energy ecosystem with foresight on the future consequences of alternative designs and strategies for sector coupling solutions. The research will be conducted in collaboration with national and international companies and organizations representing stakeholders in the energy ecosystem.

Topic 2: Identification, classification and prediction of driver behavior for optimal fuel consumption

The aim of this research topic is to develop and implement AI-based methods for identifying, classifying, and predicting optimal driver behavior for reducing fuel consumption in the transportation sector. The developed methods will be used in a real-time Advisory system for coaching drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption. The research is conducted in collaboration with leading companies and organizations in the Danish transportation sector.

Topic 3: Identification and classification of process operation patterns for optimal energy consumption and product quality

The focus of this research topic is to develop a data-driven AI framework for identifying and classifying best-practice patterns for energy-efficient operation of industrial processes. The framework will provide companies in the manufacturing and process industry with actionable insights on the energy use of their daily operations and enable them to take actions to reduce their CO2e emissions. The research is conducted in collaboration with leading companies in the Danish IT and industrial sectors.

Topic 4: Open data spaces for provision of AI-based smart city services

This research topic focus on the development and deployment of enabling technologies for creation of open data spaces that can facilitate the innovation of AI-based smart city services. The research will provide companies with insight and best-practice for establishing their data and AI development workflows. The research is conducted in collaboration with leading global providers of open-source platforms and the European ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems community on digital transformation for green energy transition.

Topic 5: Smart asset maintenance and management for electric power distribution grids

The purpose of this research topic is to develop a machine learning-based prescriptive maintenance and asset management tool that enables distribution system operators to reduce their asset maintenance and management costs. The developed tool will provide DSOs with actionable insight about their grid assets before faults are expected to occur. The research is conducted in collaboration with Danish DSOs and leading companies in the energy sector.

Topic 6: Digital Twins for buildings energy performance optimization and intelligence quotient enhancement

The aim of this research topic is the design, development, and demonstration of an innovative digital twin platform to optimize buildings energy performance and enhance their intelligence quotient. The digital twin platform will improve best practice for building performance monitoring, commissioning, and operation management. The research is a collaboration between commercial and public partners.

Topic 7: A Digital Twin solution for optimal energy retrofit decision-making and decarbonization of buildings

The research is aiming to design, develop, and demonstrate a digital twin solution to serve for optimal energy retrofits decision-making, retro-commissioning and performance optimization of existing non-residential buildings. The digital twin solution will enable building owners and facility manager to make cost-optimal decision for building retrofits and operational management. The project is in collaboration between IT companies and building owners in the public sector.

In the motivation letter, the applicant has to state the number of the PhD research topic the applicant applies for. If the applicant wants to apply for more than one topic, the applicant has to provide a prioritized list.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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

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

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants. Find the form at the Faculty website.
  • Motivation letter - remember to state the number of the topic. Upload in the field called “Project description”.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, describing research, publication and teaching experience, computational skills and including personal contact information.
  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master's diploma and transcripts of exams, both the original documents and in professional English translation.
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Find the form at the Faculty website. 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.
  • List of publications, in case you have any publications.
  • References (names and emails) and reference letters may also be included. You're welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.

About the Department/Section/Group

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 solutions that can facilitate the global transition towards a sustainable energy system. The center is part of the Faculty of Engineering (TEK), University of Southern Denmark, and located at the main Campus in Odense, Denmark.

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Note or Other details

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. Shortlisting may be used.

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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Contact details

Further information is available by contacting Head of Centre, Professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, [email protected]

If you experience technical problems you must contact [email protected].

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