Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Mechatronics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Oct 2020

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Mechatronics, affiliated to Top Research Centre Mechatronics  at the Department of Engineering Sciences , systems for a period of two years, with possible contract extension. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The position is connected to the subject area – Reliable power electronics for modern mechatronic systems.

Modern mechatronics systems, e.g. winches and cranes, are increasingly complex due to electrification, using more power electronics and electric drives, in which power converters are the most important and vulnerable components in the system. Rapid development of power semiconductors (SiC, GaN) renders challenges in design and control of reliable power converters. To prevent failures, dynamic operation and health condition of power converters are currently controlled and monitored via physical sensors. Understanding stress on power modules would facilitate a reliable design of compact power converters. Novel control algorithms and converter topologies with reduced component stresses would be promising solutions to avoid failures and prolong the lifetime of power converters or modern mechatronics systems.


This position will focus on one or two of the following directions: (i) novel design and control of reliable power converters with extended lifetime or reduced component stresses, (ii) Proposing appropriate algorithms to monitor dynamic operation and critical spots in power converters, (iii) fault ride-through capabilities of power converters or drives in the electrified mechatronic systems, (iv) incorporating living and remaining useful lifetime into a multi-objective control framework.

A close cooperation with other researchers working in the research theme on condition monitoring and power electronics, and other colleagues at the department is highly expected.

Required qualifications

The candidate must have a PhD in Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, or similar. Having a PhD thesis in a related topic is a plus.  It is desirable that the applicant has defended his/her doctoral thesis within the last five years. PhD students are also welcome to apply if their defense is scheduled for the next few months.

Provisions relating to the positions as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident .

Desired qualifications
  • A solid academic background in mechatronics, energy systems, electrical engineering, control or a similar/related field
  • A good track record of scientific publishing. Scientific papers in reputed journals and participation in first-class international conferences related to these topics will be taken into account positively
  • A strong experience and/or background in power electronics, numerical modelling, control, signal processing and machine learning
  • Motivation and strong interest in cutting-edge research
  • English language proficiency, both written and oral

It is highly expected that the candidate could speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, both written and oral, to have a close collaboration with the local industry.

Emphasis will be placed upon the applicant’s previous research and project description and the relevance it has with regard to the subject in question and the research environment at the Faculty.

Personal qualities
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to work independently, with a proactive approach
  • Creativity
  • Compassion
  • The ability to work in a goal-oriented, organized, and focused manner

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer
  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • Opportunities to expand expertise through interdisciplinary research
  • Opportunities to mentor undergraduate and masters students if desired
  • A positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • Professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • Access to resources and expertise of Top Research Centre Mechatronics
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA .

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NOK 552 800-583 900 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.More about the employment process .

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Diplomas and transcripts with grades
  • CV including a complete list of scientific publications
  • One-page summary of PhD dissertation or link to open source
  • Up to three academic articles or R&D projects that the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • A one-page description of research interests and their relevance for the mentioned project
  • Names and contact information for two references

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in English (when possible), or a Scandinavian language. Please do not submit large documents, like thesis or publications. If any additional information is required, the applicant will be informed later.

Application deadline: 31.10.20


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • HR Advisor Nina Rønningen, tel. +47 38 14 20 16, mobile +47 48 15 77 61, e-mail

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