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Reference number: 2020-052

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The Institute of Energy and Climate Research Energy Systems Engineering (IEK-10) focuses on the development of models and algorithms for simulation and optimization of decentralized, integrated energy systems. Such systems are characterized by high spatial and temporal variability of energy supply and demand as well as by a high degree of interdependence of material and energy flows. Research at IEK-10 aims to provide scalable and faster than real-time capable methods and tools which enable the energy-optimal, cost-efficient and safe design and operation of future energy systems.

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoc - Design, Development and Operation of a Laboratory for Hardware-in-the-loop Infrastructures

Your Job:

As part of scientific focus of IEK-10 we are developing a new team that will focus on hardware-in-the-loop methods. As part of this new team we aim at establishing a world leading facility for the development and verification of decentralized solutions for the control of modern energy systems.
We are looking a person that will lead this team. You will be responsible of the design, development and operation of the Hardware In the Loop infrastructure and of the scientific outcome of the associated group of researchers, in particular:

  • Develop - together with Prof. Benigni - a plan for the development of the research team
  • Design, development and operation of a “hardware-in-the-loop” laboratory
  • Supervise research assistants (PhD), MS and BS students and software developers working in this area
  • Oversee the acquisition process of the needed laboratory equipment
  • Participate in the development of research proposals to be submitted to external agencies
  • Giving presentations at conferences and develop scientific publications
  • Publications in scientific journals
  • Helping with establishing cooperations/networks (e.g., RWTH, IEK, Helmholtz)

Your Profile:

  • Very well completed scientific university (Master and PhD) studies in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer or Computational Engineering Science
  • Extended publication record
  • Very good communication skills in English


Significant previous experience in at least two of the following areas:

  • Hardware-in-the-loop and real-time simulation
  • FPGA programming
  • Control methods development
  • Communication protocols


Our Offer:

  • A highly motivated research group in one of the biggest research centers in Europe
  • Participation in project meetings and conferences
  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of a leading HiL facility
  • Possibility of familiarization with the areas of responsibility as well as an extensive range of further training
  • A position initially limited to 3 years
  • Attractive flexitime arrangements and a wide range of options for reconciling work and family
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)


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