PostDoc - Gent Zwijnaarde | More than two weeks ago
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programs grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.
The “AI for Energy” team (AI4E), led by prof. Chris Develder and prof. Bert Claessens at the Internet and Data Lab (IDLab) at Ghent University – imec is looking for a qualified and motivated postdoctoral researcher. The postdoc will coordinate and perform research for bilateral/collaborative projects with industry partners, and thus play a key role in bringing state-of-the-art research into practice.
Our research group currently is involved in research projects in the energy domain, including mostly smart grid applications. The focus of our AI4E team in these projects is on data analytics, as well as coordination algorithms for, e.g., demand response. A major objective of the applications we want to support is to accommodate large penetration of renewable sources (wind turbines, solar panels, etc.). This involves characterizing and eventually predicting both power generation (from renewables) and consumption behavior (and its flexibility, e.g., what portion thereof can be shifted in time), using data analytics techniques, constructing generative models, applying machine learning, etc. The next step is to actively control power consumption, e.g., by developing algorithms for energy management systems (to steer power consumption and/or decide what to use local production for, e.g., push into the grid or local storage).
Your role in these projects will be to identify the needs and opportunities from industry partners, devise and evaluate cutting edge algorithms, implement them, evaluate them in case studies and report on the results in a well-structured manner. Additionally, depending on the project, this may also involve the design/implementation of software prototypes for simulation and proof-of-concept demonstrations (in lab settings as well as live field trials in collaboration with industrial partners). You will coordinate and perform such work in the context of research projects that will give you the opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers and engineers from other universities, research institutes and companies, e.g., in the context of programs funded by the EU. As you will be dealing with several aspects of designing and evaluating systems (mathematical models, machine learning, optimization techniques, software development, simulation, etc.), the function is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and further improve several of your mathematical and engineering skills. Given that this is a senior position, you will also get the chance to develop and demonstrate your skills in project management, research proposal writing, negotiating and defining collaborative projects, and manage young PhDs through empowerment.
Apply online through the e-recruitment system. We do not accept that are not submitted through the online system.
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As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Chris Develder (firstname.lastname@example.org). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.