Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Oslo Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy engineering, Battery engineering, Electrical power engineering – UiO, Norway

Norway

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Department of Technology Systems (ITS) of the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Oct 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 534 400 – 615 800 NOK/Year

Workplace:
Department of Technology Systems (ITS)

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway

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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Must have qualifications:

  • PhD or a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, preferably in (sustainable) energy engineering, battery engineering, electrical power engineering, applied physics in battery/grid-related topics; an interdisciplinary degree combining one the above mentioned fields with social sciences and/or the humanities is preferred. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Solid scientific background in battery technology, battery physics & power electronics as it includes the points that follow:
    • Documented hands-on experience with battery performance characterization techniques (e.g., state of health, state of charge, etc.)
    • Proven ability of working with power electronic components and electrical interfaces for batteries
    • Acquaintance with battery charging/discharging algorithms and battery integration with renewable energy systems
  • Fluent oral and written communication/presentation skills in English
  • Ability to travel abroad

Preferred skills

  • Familiarity with up-to-date knowledge of sustainable battery technology trends
  • Experience with design & integration of EV battery cells/packs
  • Familiarity with electrical installation of power electronic interfaces, relay and protection devices as well as microgrid operation; research experience with control of power electronics (e.g., PV module-level converters, battery energy storage) in a grid/microgrid
  • Interest and ability to mentor junior team members
  • Experience in working within interdisciplinary teams

Personal skills

  • Interdisciplinary mindset
  • High interest in the research topic, including sustainability-oriented research
  • Capacity to communicate across various research disciplines (or willingness to learn and develops such a skill)
  • Collaborative and open attitude
  • Ability to be a team player, interested in co-developing research ideas, but also capacity to work independently in a well-organized, attention-focused and timely manner
  • Ability to express yourself, orally and written, in a clear and concise way

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek a research enthusiast with a PhD, who presents appropriate work performance and interest in investigating the potential of end-of-life batteries used in mobility (e.g., in electric vehicles (EVs) & micromobility) as an energy storage solution in renewable energy systems. The study will consist of an experimental part, with utilization of a laboratory-scale microgrid, but will also involve extended analysis of sustainability & circular economy perspectives in the EV battery production and application.

The position is associated with the projectEMPOWER: Sustainable Batteries in Mobility - (Em)powering a Net-zero Energy Transition. This initiative has been recently funded by UiO:Energy Convergence Environments and will run over the period 2022-2027. EMPOWER takes interdisciplinary research and education perspectives to investigate the role of electric vehicle batteries in enabling a sustainable net-zero energy transition in Norway.

EMPOWER offers early career scientists an inspiring interdisciplinary research and education environment. You will be a part of a fantastic team at the University of Oslo, composed of eight senior researchers/professors and six early career researchers across four faculties and six departments, as well as a wide range of industry and international partners. The main supervisor(s) are named under each job advert, and you will be co-supervised by at least one core member from another discipline.

The focus of this postdoctoral position is twofold:

a) to recognize and map the opportunities and challenges for the sustainable application of waste EV batteries in microgrids, with integrated renewable energy sources, (RES), e.g., solar and wind energy,

b) to identify the role of technology in enabling the development of sustainable EV battery value chains

In the first task, you will: I) design, integrate and characterize the performance of battery packs, based on various types of second life battery cells/modules; and II) test the engineered battery packs, integrated in a lab-scale microgrid, to explore their potential as an energy storage medium in RES. The research will include comparative studies between new and second-life EV batteries, with a particular focus on battery technical performance as well as grid stability and resilience during load changes, failures and disruptive conditions.

In the second task, you will apply a circular economy viewpoint to identify and describe current technologies utilized in the EV battery value chain (e.g., materials extraction, electrode/cell/module production, pack assembly, vehicle integration, use & reuse/recycle, etc.)  and look at them from a battery life cycle perspective. The work will be done in collaboration with research fellows from the other project work packages (focusing on social, environmental and legal aspects in the EV production and utilization) as well as industrial partners. This activity is envisioned to extend the battery life cycle perspective by a techno-economic input.

The research will be carried out at ITS/UiO and workshops of our industrial partners (YEDLIK AS) in Norway. A part of the experimental study involving a micorgrid utilization will be conducted aboard, at the Renewable Energy Control Laboratory (REC), at Aalborg University (DK), which is one of the project academic partners.

At ITS, the research will be carried out within the Section for Energy Systems. ITS is a new and growing department at UiO, located in Kjeller, with internationally recognized research groups, which provide training and education for students and research fellows. The department is a part of the Kjeller Science Park, which is one of the largest research and development environments in Norway. ITS focuses on application-driven research, where we address issues relevant to enabling sustainable solutions for current and future technological applications.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: -

Application Procedure

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work performance and research interest relevant for this position (including interdisciplinary perspective), together with explanation on how your background will allow you to conduct the research tasks in this project)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, any other relevant experience and qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts)
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

About the Department/Section/Group

Both the EU’s Green Deal and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan mention the centrality of batteries to sustainable futures. In Norway, transport is the highest greenhouse gas-emitting sector. To reach the vision of a Norwegian net-zero energy system by 2050, the decarbonisation of all transport segments is crucial. While batteries represent a central technology for zero-carbon transportation, they also pose complex socio-ecological problems. A holistic analysis of the battery role for sustainable transport in a net-zero energy system is still missing. EMPOWER will address this knowledge gap, proposing an interdisciplinary approach to study the diversity of challenges (social, environmental, material, market, legal) found in the design, production, use, re-use, and recycling of batteries. Using Norway as a case study, EMPOWER will focus on investigation of electric vehicle/micromobility batteries to: i) develop a common definition of sustainable batteries for mobility across industry and involved disciplines; ii) explore representations of this sustainability concept in EV production and utilization, including the energy system perspective; iii) determine how the inclusion of this interdisciplinary set of criteria, for the sustainability of EV/micromobility batteries, impacts the design of net-zero energy systems; and iv) co-design educational offer for young people and early career researchers to facilitate their interdisciplinary understanding of battery-cantered research.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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Contact details

For question and further information about the project please contact Matylda N. Guzik, PhD (supervisor at ITS; [email protected]) or Amin Hajizadeh, PhD (co-supervisor at AAU; [email protected]).

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, e-mail: t.s.guttormsen@mn.uio.no

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