Research Assistant in Distributed Control and Optimization for Smart Microgrids with Heterogeneous Energy Storage Systems (2022-224-04804)

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Deadline: · AAU Energy · Deadline August 15. 2022;

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Energy, a position as Research Assistant in Distributed Control and Optimization for Smart Microgrids with heterogeneous energy storage systems is open for appointment from October 1st or soon hereafter. The position is available for a period of 1 year. Aalborg University contributes to the knowledge building of the global society as well as the development of prosperity, welfare and culture of Danish society. This is accomplished through research, research-based education, public sector services and knowledge collaboration. Aalborg University educates students for the future and activities are based on a dynamic and transformative collaboration with the surrounding community. AAU Energy is a dynamic engineering research department in continuous growth and inspiring surroundings. AAU Energy has a very international environment and covers all areas of clean and sustainable energy systems of the future within electrical, thermal and mechatronic energy technology. AAU Energy has campuses in both Aalborg and Esbjerg, this position is located in Aalborg. The mission is to be world leading in both research and research-based education of the energy engineers of the future. AAU Energy has approx. 300 employees of many nationalities, of which 25 are administrative staff. In addition, AAU Energy constantly has approx. 50-70 guest researchers from around the world. Research and teaching are in the absolute world elite in the field of energy, and we have extensive and leading workshop and laboratory facilities, where research and innovation are carried out in direct collaboration with industry to a great extent. The position is offered in relation to the research group Microgrids and the research assistant will be positioned to the section for Electric Power Systems and Microgrids.

Job description

Research areas will be within distributed/optimization control of microgrids, and virtual energy storage systems, as well as hardware power in the loop validation using dspace/OPAL-RT. The position will be aligned to smart microgrids control and optimization, energy storage systems, power hardware in the loop validation.

Therefore, the candidate must have research experience with distributed event-triggered control/optimization of microgrids/distributed heterogeneous energy storage systems, and to have experience in hardware-in-the-loop through real-time digital simulators, specifically with dSPACE/OPAL-RT. Project experience will be considered as an asset. Moreover, the position requires that the candidate have a good publication record in international journals.

You may obtain further professional information from Prof. Juan C. Vasquez , 99409724

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Qualification requirements:
The required level of qualifications is at master level. 

The application must contain the following: 

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Copy of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and, if any, PhD) On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations
  • Personal data

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information concerning the application procedure, please contact Mathilde Vestergaard HR-Servicecentre EST by mail  

Appointment to Research Assistant may be for a period of up to three years. Reappointment may be made, but a Research Assistant can only be appointed to Research Assistant for a period of maximum three years. Further information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here  


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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