Syddansk Universitet (Denmark) SDU invites applications for the 3 years PhD Fellowships open to highly-motivated students with the ambition to become researchers for 2018/2019 academic session. 3 Year PhD Fellowship for International Students at Syddansk Universitet in Denmark, 2018

SDU Center for Energy Informatics is an interdisciplinary industry-oriented research and innovation center with an international outlook. The center focuses on the development of innovative ICT-based smart energy solutions that can facilitate the transition towards a sustainable energy system. The center’s strategic application domains include Smart Buildings, Smart Industries, Smart Cities and Communities, Smart Energy Business Ecosystems, and Smart Energy Networks. SDU Center for Energy Informatics is part of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, and located at the main Campus in Odense.

They are looking for highly-motivated students with ambition to become researchers and invite applications for 3 years PhD Fellowships.
In addition to the general proposals, they invite specific proposals relating to ongoing research projects:

  • Modeling ventilation system with phase change material based climate module for increasing system efficiency and flexibility, The project aims to significantly increase energy efficiency and flexibility of standard ventilation systems by use of phase change based climate modules. It is the hypothesis that such phase change modules can improve energy flexibility and provide large capabilities of demand response, peak load shifting and management. The PhD project will develop an overall energy model for the proposed PCM-based ventilation system considering various functional and operational parameters, to aid system design and sizing as well as selection of the proper phase change material. In addition, the model will serve as a backbone to develop a reliable controller and implement advanced control strategies to reduce peak power while still maintaining thermal comfort and good indoor air quality. The PhD research is part of the research project NeGeV.
  • Framework for optimal combination of models and optimization schemes for model predictive control, The project will target the issue of application of various types of models (grey- and black-box) and optimization methods (gradient-based, evolutionary, stochastic) in relation to MPC in buildings, districts and grids. The PhD research is part of the center’s contribution to IBPSA Project 1.
  • Multi-agent based modelling and simulation for the smart energy sector,
    The project will target the development of a multi-agent based model of the smart energy sector and use this model to investigate how influential factors relating to climate, environment, social behavior, technology, economics, policy and regulations affects the smart energy evolution. The PhD research contributes in general to the assessment of business models for the smart energy solutions developed in the center’s ongoing research projects, and in particular to the EU Interreg project IoTStyring
  • End-to-end cybersecurity in smart energy systems,
    The project will address cybersecurity issues related to end-to-end cybersecurity in the smart energy sector. In particular the project will focus on cybersecurity issues for integration of Smart Buildings with the Smart Grid. The PhD research is part of the EU Interreg project IoTStyring.

  • AI and Big Data driven decision support tools for energy efficient horticulture production,
    The project will address the application of AI and Big Data methods in development of decision support tools for increasing the energy-efficiency of greenhouse cultivation, while guaranteeing crop yield and quality. This PhD project is part of the EU Interreg project SmartGreen.

Applications will be evaluated and positions filled based on need and relevance of the group of applicants. Application May 1’st 2018

Worth of Award

  • The University of Southern Denmark regularly advertises fully financed PhD scholarships under “vacant positions”.
  • As a PhD scholar at the University of Southern Denmark, you will normally have a thee-year term of employment in accordance with Protocol on PhD scholars in the AC collective agreement.
  • As a PhD scholar at the University of Southern Denmark, you will be remunerated according to the relevant basic salary scale of the collective agreement, depending on whether or not you have been employed after completing your Master’s programme. For PhD scholars without seniority, the start salary per 1 April 2012 amounts to approx.  3.378,- EURO per month incl. supplements. Furthermore, local agreements may be made on additional supplements in accordance with the stipulations of the collective agreement. In addition to the salary, a PhD scholar is eligible for a pension plan under which pension contributions corresponding to 17.1 per cent of the salary will be paid in.
  • As a PhD student supported under the 4+4 programme, during the first two years you will receive twice the state student loans/grants allocations which you are eligible for as a PhD student under the Danish students’ Grants and Loans Scheme governed by the SU-law.
  • In addition, in specific cases, it may be possible to find parallel employment at the university, enabling you to supplement your income. Funding of parental leave and periods of illness during the state loans/grants period will be handled in accordance with the Danish SU-law.
  • After the first two years – after attaining the Master’s Degree – you will be employed on similar terms as PhD scholars employed under the three-year programme.

In order to be eligible for enrollment in the faculty’s PhD programme a candidate must:
Have a master’s degree, kandidatgrad, that is relevant to the proposed PhD project and the PhD study at The Faculty of Engineering
1. Verified copies of bachelor diploma and transcript
2. Verified copies of master’s diploma and transcript
Applicants are required to have a master in engineering or equivalent at the time of employment.
Furthermore, the successful candidate

  • has excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • is able to work well in a team as well as independently and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics
  • can contribute to current and future research projects

How to apply
Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.
The applications must include:
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    Completed application form
•    Application stating reasons for applying. Please attach your application to “application material” under “Research Plan”
•    Diplomas
•    Calculation of grade point average in this form

  • The University wishes their staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
  • The application must be in English.

Deadline: applications close May 1st, 2018

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