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PhD position on Batteries Status Assessment for Maritime

The power electronics & EMC (PE) group at the University of Twente has a vacancy for a PhD position in the project ‘Ship system energy storage devices expanded lifetime via AI-empowered control’ (SEANERGETIC). This project aims to develop a framework to enable zero-emission and circular shipping to address climate change and enable clean energy transition.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,541 - € 3,247
  • Deadline 15 Jan 2023

You will perform research related to the status of energy storage system (ESS) viz. batteries within the application of maritime systems. Your work on lifecycle modelling and testing of these systems, along with accurate monitoring, should enable a better understanding of ESS parameters (e.g., capacity, internal resistance, ac-impedance, etc.). This includes studying the impact of varying environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, pressure, humidity, etc.) that mimic real maritime conditions. The overall goal of your research is to extend the lifetime of ESS while assuring safe operation by monitoring parameters. This is achieved by proposing a state-of-safety (SOS) for maritime systems.

The project is financed by the Zero-emission and Circular Shipping call of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the domain of power electronics within the PE (Power Electronics and EMC) group. You will carry out the research at the University in Enschede, The Netherlands, and experienced supervisors (Dr. Prasanth Venugopal, Prof. Thiago Batista Soeiro) will support you with daily supervision. Collaboration is an important aspect of the PhD position, with TU Delft and TU Eindhoven as partners of the project. In addition, you will work in close collaboration with Nederlandse Defensie Academie (NLDA) and a wide span of stakeholders such as DMO, Nedstack, DAMEN, MARIN, RHMarine, EST-Floattech, Wärtsilä, Praxis Automation, Skoon Energy, Port of Den Helder, Fugro, Van Dam Shipping etc.
Teaching activities will take 10%-20% of your time.

Your profile

  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher;
  • You have, or are about to get, a master’s degree in power electronics, electrical engineering or a related field with background in data sciences;
  • Prior knowledge and experience with simulation tools (MATLAB, SPICE) and power electronics R&D (designing, debugging, testing ) etc is an advantage;
  • Prior experience in projects related to data driven science modelling and AI is a real bonus;
  • You are an excellent teammate in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists and engineers working within the PE group;
  • You are creative, like to push boundaries, and are highly motivated to address major science challenges in power electronics systems and energy transition;
  • You are driven by not only scientific excellence but also the societal impact of technology;
  • You are proficient in English and able to collaborate intensively with industrial and academic parties in regular meetings and work visits.

Our offer

  • As a PhD student at UT, you will be appointed to a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating and exciting scientific environment;
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.541,- (first year) to € 3.247,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other staff.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application before January 16th 2023 and include:

An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the position, please contact our secretary Mrs. Lillian Hannink at vacancies-pe-eemcs@utwente.nl

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The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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