2 PhD positions in Data-driven Modeling and Energy Flexibility in Buildings

Monday 16 Aug 21

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In the transition towards more renewable energy sources, integrated and flexible energy systems through the infrastructure of smart cities and buildings are vital to ensuring an efficient and green energy supply. In this multi-disciplinary research area, DTU Civil engineering and DTU Compute develop methods based on data to improve energy efficiency and deploy energy flexibility in buildings and cities. Within this area, we announce two PhD positions affiliated with DTU Civil Engineering.

Project 1 is part of an EU project. The tasks include identifying best retrofitting choices for different building archetypes based on modeling and data analysis; characterization of energy flexibility of buildings and districts in demo sites; and the evaluation of building performance gaps.

Project 2 is a collaboration with partners in China, with demonstration sites in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The tasks include data-driven characterization of energy dynamics of typical energy systems; aggregation and disaggregation of energy consumption and flexibility; and model predictive control of HVAC systems.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The overall focus in both projects will be data analytics, data-driven modeling, and energy flexibility characterization. Your work will involve multiple techniques in the fields of both building technologies and mathematical modeling.

You need the following specific qualifications

  • Knowledge of HVAC system operation in buildings
  • Skills of big data analysis and data-driven modeling
  • A background in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, or other relevant fields, and experience in building automation or building energy management is preferred
  • Candidates with knowledge of time series analysis are preferred
  • Proven experience with programming, e.g., Python, R

Besides, you will take part in our teaching of BSc and MSc students in student projects and/or in ordinary courses as Teaching Assistant. 

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the 
DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by the main supervisor Associate Professor Rongling Li, DTU Civil Engineering, and the co-supervisor Professor Henrik Madsen, DTU Compute.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

We expect that both projects start in November 2021.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Rongling Li,
liron@byg.dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at https://www.byg.dtu.dk/english and DTU Compute at https://www.compute.dtu.dk/english

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 2021 (Danish time)

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter) with contact information of three referees
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for”, please indicate which project you are applying for, Project 1 or Project 2. However, noting the preferences, good candidates will be considered for both projects.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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