PhD Student

Last application date
Feb 15, 2020 23:59
TW08 - Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Employment category
Limited duration
Master of science in electromechanical, electrical or control engineering
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Ghent University is a top 100 university worldwide and one of the major universities in Belgium, with more than 44,000 students and 15,000 staff members. At the department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering (ESME), the optimization and control of electromechanical systems is an important research topic. As the share of renewable energy sources in the power system increases, maintaining the power balance between production and consumption becomes more challenging, and the need for grid balancing technologies increases. Ghent University is a research partner in the Moonshot FLEX project, which investigates the possibility of grid balancing by means of energy-intensive chemical processes. In this project, innovative and advanced control concepts will be investigated to optimally regulate these processes to contribute to grid balancing. We are looking for a researcher, preferably with experience in a topic relevant to the project, to develop physics-based models of the electrical flexibility of chemical processes. This involves modelling the process in a simulation environment, e.g. in Matlab/Simulink and/or Python. In the research group, several projects are ongoing in which models have already been developed or are currently in development. Your task is to gather, investigate and extend these models so they can be combined with the controllers and optimization routines developed by other partners in the project. You are also expected to publish your research results in scientific journals and to present your results on international conferences.

You will be offered a contract for the duration of the project, which is 1,5 years. Ghent University offers an attractive salary with additional benefits, a positive and inspiring working environment and training possibilities. You will work at the Electrical Energy Laboratory in the Tech Lane Ghent Science Park in Ghent-Zwijnaarde.

Profile of the candidate

You have a master of science degree in engineering, preferably in electromechanical, electrical or control engineering, and preferably with some experience in a topic relevant to the project. You are motivated, creative and have a passion for academic research. You have an affinity with simulation software. You must be sufficiently fluent in writing and speaking in English. You will work in a positive and international environment where a constructive collaboration with other researchers is expected. Therefore, we expect you to be a team-player and a good communicator.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter to before the 15th of February 2020. Please include contact details of two referees. If you pass the pre-selection, you will receive further instructions on the selection process and will be invited for a job interview, possibly via Skype.