Postdoc for new European research project

The Section for Electrical Energy Technology under the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Aarhus University invites applicants for a two-year postdoctoral position, offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join the European research project – CUBER – with focus on the development of the next generation of flow batteries.The start date of employment is 1 March 2022 or shortly thereafter.The research projectThe CuBER project proposes the validation of a simple, modular and scalable design of a promising RFB technology: the all-copper redox flow battery. This technology will be able to cover a wide range of market applications such as integration in smart cities and residential self-consumption, back-up power system in isolated areas (i.e. copper mining), as well as energy management and grid balancing in renewable power production. It seeks to unify the expertise of different European actors in the fields of electrochemistry, electrochemical energy storage, electronics, process engineering, smart sensors, IoT and solar power industries. The objective of the project is deployment of functional pilots capable of validating a holistic and innovative way of producing and consuming renewable energy in urban, rural and industrial areas.Your qualificationsFor this project, we are looking for a highly qualified person with a background in power electronics for battery management as well as the design of battery management system for electro-chemical batteries. The ideal candidate should be familiar with state-of-the-art standard and customized converter technologies for energy storage applications and have experience with designing such systems, including component selection based on reliability and cost, simulations and testing. A background in the design of advanced battery management systems, controls and balance of plant is a plus.It is important that you think out of the box, see development opportunities and love to be at the cutting edge of new technologies. Being able to effectively translate your knowledge and good craftsmanship into robust solutions is essential.The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in electrical engineering (or equivalent), preferably with specialization in the field of high power engineering or similar.Required qualifications:

Experience in power electronics

Knowledge of control of power electronics (particularly DC/DC converters)

Knowledge of battery storage technologies and battery management systems

Sound experience with scientific publication

Excellent English skills, both oral and written

Who we are

The Section for Electrical Energy Technology focuses on energy system integration and energy transition for the purpose of a more efficient, circular and reliable energy system in the future. This includes coordinated planning and operation across multiple energy systems as well as renewable energy production, infrastructure and consumption.The section is currently undergoing rapid expansion with regard to both educational and research activities, including two large H2020 projects. In recent years, it has become the largest place of study in Denmark for the electrical power engineering area at Bachelor’s level.The section has established the RESCUE laboratory which is used by researchers, students and companies alike. The main goal of the laboratory is to gain experimental experience with future energy systems based on full integration of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biogas and storage systems.In addition, the group has expanded its activities to Aarhus University’s campus in Herning, where it has established the first ‘online’ degree programme in electrical energy technology, including a large energy technology laboratory.Place of workThe place of work is Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N , and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.Additional informationFurther information about the position may be obtained from the CUBER project leader Corneliu Barbu (phone no.: +45 9352 1325/email: deadlineApplications must be received no later than 15 January 2022.Application procedureShortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.Letter of referenceIf you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.Formalities and salary rangeTechnical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.Aarhus University Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at