One or more PhD Stipends in Data Driven Building Energy Assessment, Prediction and Control (6-20068)

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One or more PhD Stipends in Data Driven Building Energy Assessment, Prediction and Control (6-20068)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of the Build Environment, in research group of Energy, Indoor Environment and Sustainability one or more PhD scholarship(s) in data driven building energy assessment, prediction and control within the PhD program Civil Engineering is open from 1 November, or soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

Currently sensors and meters in buildings produce large number of data. This data has opened the back-door to knowledge about the real building dynamic performance (faulty operation, system errors) and customers features (occupancy profiles, space heating practices), as well as to closer and personalized communication with end-users. Still the amount of data available vary significantly depending on IoT advancement of particular buildings. The level of available data on the building determines the uncertainty of informed decision to be taken. In scenario of minimum data availability the right method could be to relay on large number of cases and data clustering while in case of intermediate to detailed data availability it is first required to develop data assessment framework and then accordingly to develop energy efficiency management services that will rely on these assessment frameworks.         

PhD position(s) will focus on the following:

  • Data treatment and clustering from smart meters.
  • Development of data assessment framework in several scales: space, time, occupancy and autonomy.
  • Monitoring techniques and their application in buildings and district.
  • Development of energy efficiency management services.

The PhD student(s) will have a place of work at AAU Campus in Aalborg.

Qualification requirements

The PhD Stipend has a duration of three years. Applicants to the PhD scholarship must hold a degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Applicants enrolled at a Danish Master programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, a copy of thesis contract and documentation for the date of their final exam.

Candidates for this position are expected to have a relevant engineering education e.g. within energy in buildings and/or built environment. Preferably documented qualifications within working with data, data analysis, building control and indoor environment and energy measuring techniques.

You may obtain further information concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend  from Professor Per Heiselberg, Department of the Build Environment, email,  phone: +45 2023 4660.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Bettina Wedde, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 9940 9909.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  

The application is 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.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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