Postdoctoral Researcher – Optimalization of Building Energetic Efficiency based on Activities of Daily Living

The applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for one position of a full time fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the research team of Energy Optimisation in cooperation with Biomedical Engineering team as a part of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The research focuses on new methods for building energy management optimisation. These methods deal with:

  • home automation,
  • cost-effective energy management,
  • implementation of recognized activities of daily living,
  • identification of electrical appliances,
  • purchase/sale of electricity,
  • consumption/production forecast,
  • PV systems.

The team is composed of experts in home automation, energy, and biomedical engineering. A comprehensive testbed is prepared for research – exceptionally equipped research living laboratories HEALTHLAB (https://healthlab.vsb.cz/en) that allow for development and testing on a daily basis in a like-real-world environment as well as long-term studies with participants of all ages, providing all necessary measurements.

We prefer knowledge and skills in building system technology (home automation, intelligent wiring of buildings), PLC programming, modelling and analysis of systems or processes to simulate their behaviour (e.g. MATLAB simulations). Experiences with Learning-capable Algorithms are welcomed.

These positions are funded by project LERCO, (Life Environment Research Center Ostrava, reg. num. CZ.10.03.01/00/22_003/0000003, Research program 9 „ Biomedical Engineering “) financed by the Czech Republic and EU funds.

The position is available from September 2024 with flexibility on start date for 24 months renewable upon favourable evaluation.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Design new technical solutions and perform experiments and analyses relevant to specified research direction.
  • Collaboration with scientific groups locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles and present findings at national/international scientific meetings and contribute to intellectual property protection results.

Essential Requirements:

Ph.D. in the field Electrical Engineering or IT or a related field, we prefer knowledge and skills in Building system technology (home automation), PLC programming, Modelling and analysis of systems or processes to simulate their behaviour.

AND

Publications in research journals focused on Electrical and electronic engineering (at least 2 publications in the journals listed in “SCOPUS CiteScore Rank”/ “Web of Science Journal Citation Report” in 1st quartile in the category Electrical and electronic engineering or a related field)

AND

Internship abroad of at least 4 months OR previous experience in a research project of a minimum duration of 1 year at a minimum of 40 % working time involvement with a (co-)authorship on the output of the protection of intellectual property (such as patent or utility model).

AND

Strong written and oral English skills are required (according “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR)” required level B2)

Other requirements:

Flexible, self-motivated; ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Salary:

Postdoctoral Researcher scale Junior Researcher 75 000 CZK/month (approx. 3000 EUR/month gross)

Employment Conditions:

  • Full-time job, 40 hours per week.
  • 6 weeks of holidays.
  • Work in established university with dynamical research environment.
  • Employee benefits (canteen, university kindergarten, discount for accommodation services, services for expats).
  • Professional development opportunities.

Start date:

As agreed, no later than 1st November 2024.

 To Apply:

  • a cover letter describing research experience, interests and goals,
  • a CV with a full list of publications,
  • two recommendation letters of recommendation describing: relationship to the applicant, past work/academic performance, work qualities/personal conduct, overall assessment of potential for success in research environment,
  • doctoral degree certification (English translation required).

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