PhD Stipend on Development of Grid-Supporting Functions for Electric Vehicles Fast Charging Stations (E2GO DC8)

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PhD Stipend on Development of Grid-Supporting Functions for Electric Vehicles Fast Charging Stations (E2GO DC8)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Energy, a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Energy Technology. The PhD stipend is open for appointment from July 1st, and no later than October 1st 2023 and is fixed for 18 months at Aalborg University and 18 months at Infineon Technologies.

Job description

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. AAU 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 "Electronic Power Grid (eGRID)" and the PhD Student will be positioned to the section for “Power Electronics System Integration and Materials”. The PhD project will be in collaboration with Infineon Technologies, Austria. 
Infineon Technologies, Austria 
Part of your life. Part of tomorrow.
We make life easier, safer and greener – with technology that achieves more, consumes less and is accessible to everyone. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. Efficient use of energy, environmentally-friendly mobility and security in a connected world – we solve some of the most critical challenges that our society faces while taking a conscientious approach to the use of natural resources.
Power semiconductors play a crucial role in increasing efficiency and reducing energy losses along the whole energy conversion chain.
As the global leader in power semiconductors, Infineon IPC delivers pioneering products, solutions and services for smart and efficient energy generation, transmission, storage, and use. We strive to make this planet a greener place where sufficient energy is accessible to everyone – wherever and whenever it is needed.
At Infineon in Villach you shape the technologies of tomorrow and work in an international environment with colleagues from more than 60 nations. Your personal contribution will be valued and appreciated as the cornerstones of our success. And all that in beautiful surroundings which guarantee a high quality of life.
Research Programme Description
“E2GO– Cost-reduction of EV fast-charging station to enable large-scale electrification of mobility” is hiring 9 Doctorate Candidates (DCs)” to be funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks-Industrial Doctorates (DN-ID), 2021, within the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Europe Horizon under Grant Agreement No. 101072414. 
The E2GO consortium contains Eindhoven University of Technology, Delta Electronics (Poland) Ltd., Heliox BV, University of Minho, Efacec Electric Mobility SA, Aalborg University, Silicon Austria Labs GMBH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Shell Global Solutions International BV, Kema Lab BV, University of Innsbruck, which brings together the stakeholders that cover the complete value chain of high-power fast-charging stations for EV creating an in-depth training programme that covers the spectrum from hardware design and electronics, to modelling and control algorithms. The multidisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration described here provides the unique opportunity to achieve the ambitious goal of E2GO to develop innovations to reduce the cost of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) for massive deployment. Hence the Doctoral Candidates (DCs) involved in this project will not only be highly sought-after individuals due to their gained experience at the interface of industrial and academic collaboration, but additionally they will be highly attractive for the automotive industry as experts in the strongly growing field of fast-charging, a frontier research area that will help to address the infrastructural needs and sustainability goals of the 21st century. This constellation will significantly further their individual career paths in industry and academia.
E2GO will hire 9 DCs in total, which will multiply the immediate impact of their own training and experience by sharing not only the newly acquired technical expertise but also the “soft knowledge” concerning the different ways of thinking between industry and academia. By this, these fellows will gain a high level of employability and become real translational researchers capable of integrating both worlds of academia and industry. 
The 9 DCs will be enrolled as PhDs earning experience in the industry.
Eligibility and mobility criteria (mandatory requirements EU rules)

  • Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. For 'International European Research Organisations' (IERO), 'international organisations', or entities created under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment in the same appointing organisation. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention  are not considered.

Conditions of employment
The successful candidates will receive from both employers an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Candidate researchers and will include a mobility allowance.
The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and attractive participation in conferences
Job Description

  • Research field: Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics
  • Research Objectives: Dynamics analysis and controller design of EV fast charging station including DC/DC and AC/DC converters
  • Research Activities: Research areas will be within the small-signal modeling and controller design of AC/DC and DC/DC converters used in fast-charging station to guarantee its stable operation under different grid and loading conditions, as well as providing multiple supporting functionalities to the power grid.
  • Employment and Secondment: The selected DC will be enrolled as PhD student at Aalborg University, Denmark (DK), and will be hired for 18 months by Aalborg University, and subsequently 18 months by Infineon Technologies, Austria (AT).

Requirement for the applicant
We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • You are creative and ambitious, hard-working, and persistent.
  • You have an MSc degree in electrical engineering or any other relevant program.
  • You are familiar with power electronics circuits simulations and PCB design tools.
  • You are familiar with switching characteristics of power semiconductor devices and gate driver design.
  • You have experiences in hardware design and experimental tests of power electronic converters, and experiences in PFC converters are preferred.
  • You have good communicative skills, and the attitude to partake successfully in the work of a research team.
  • You have a good command of the English language (both spoken and written).

You may obtain further professional information from Professor Xiongfei Wang, +45 2136 9166, .
Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted to both Infineon Technologies (AT) and Aalborg University (DK). The application for Infineon Technologies (AT) can be submitted here: . The application for Aalborg University can be submitted using the “Apply online” button at the bottom of the page.

Documents requested 

  • Eligibility Statement: for verifying MSCA requirements, the candidates clearly indicate exact dates of (1) degree entitling to pursue a PhD (typically a Master of Science degree or Engineering degree), (2) positions and country of residence in the last 5 years.
  • Complete CV (Europass format obligatory:
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page per position applied) should state why the applicant wishes to pursue the specific research and why she thinks s/he is an ideal candidate for the position.
  • Scan of certificates showing BSc, MSc and other courses followed, with grades and if it is possible a ranking.
  • Up to 3 recommendation letters and/or contact e-mail addresses with a brief professional description (title, position, relationship with applicant) of the referring person.
  • If possible, up to two selected publications (e.g. MSc thesis, conference paper) in English
  • The applicant must provide and upload a proper project description, which describes the applicant’s initial thoughts and ideas related to the specific project applied for. This includes a brief state-of-the-art (including short list of references), a time schedule and how the applicant intends to shed light on the project objectives. The project description should have a length of 4-5 pages. 

Selection Process
E2GO deals with a recruitment process based on the European principles of openness, fairness and transparency that guarantee a selection of candidates in respect of merit and gender balance.
Please, note that applications that do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

  • Deadline for online application: 21 March 2023
  • Targeted Staring date 1 July2023

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. 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 at regular points in time.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Mrs. Line Krogh Brusgaard-Nitzsch, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: , phone: +45 9940 7080.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: 
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.
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Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 15 December 2021 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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