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Postdoc position in Safety control and energy efficiency for a Maritime application 1001819

The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is inviting applications for a 18-months postdoctoral position within Safety control and energy efficiency for hybrid propulsion systems. The research is a part of an innovative industrial project focusing on combining different environmental-friendly energy sources for zero-emission marine applications.

The position is available from November 1st 2018, or as soon as possible hereafter.

Propulsion of ships pollutes through emission of CO2 and harmful particles when operated by diesel engines. Electrification of ship propulsion is a way to introduce clean tech-solutions in the transport sector of special interests in harbors and costal zones. This project addresses the hybrid electrical propulsion of ships where the electrical power is partly supplied from batteries and partly generated on-board by means of fuel cells fueled by hydrogen. The ultimate goal of the position work package is to specify and analyze the safety control and develop an efficient scheduling of the energy sources, according to the real-time sealing conditions, to optimize the performance and resource consumption.

The primary task of the Postdoc researcher is to develop a proof of concept for the safety control and power management systems for a maritime solution combining two energy sources: battery and fuel-cell electric technology. This task includes:
  • Specification and testing of the safety control algorithms for individual subsystems, integration and formal verification.
  • Specification of the different energy sources (fuel cell, battery) supply balancing.
  • Investigation on certification regulations, in particular those related to Safety and Integrity Levels SILs of IEC61508 Standard.
  • Risk assessment.
Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science/Engineering, Control and automation, or a related subject.

The applicant should have experience/background with the following topics:
  • Formal specification and verification of control systems.
  • Energy and performance modeling and analysis.
  • Model-based design and optimization.
  • Be interested in Real-time scheduling.
About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section
Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.

The research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.

Place of Employment and Place of Work
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Science and Technology, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N., Denmark. The postdoctoral researcher will be a part of the Software Engineering group.

More information
For further information please contact Dr. Jalil Boudjadar (

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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