PhD position in Open Data-driven Occupancy Sensing and Modeling

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning

The Center for Energy Informatics, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a three-year PhD position. The starting date of the position is September 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Center brings together software engineers, computer scientists, applied physicists, electrical engineers and social scientists in the application of information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable energy system by intelligent integration and optimization of the energy flexibility found in buildings and industrial processes with the fluctuating energy supply from renewable sources, like wind and solar.

Recently the Center obtained funding for the two projects HBODEx and IoTControl. HBODEx is a work package on "Open Data on Human Behavior" within the Open Data Experimentarium (ODEx) project. The purpose of ODEx is to address the many societal challenges and possibilities within Open Data and Big Data. Thus, ODEx has the vision to create a framework for value creation based on Open Data. In order to do that, ODEx will develop and validate software and IT-systems that can handle data effectively and legally. The purpose of the project IoTControl is through Internet of Things (IoT) and digitalisation technologies to develop and test an innovative concept for energy efficient control of floor heating, ventilation, and lighting all in one including occupancy sensing.

We seek an energetic and dynamic candidate who will be able to contribute in developing software tools for collection and processing of data about occupancy and sharing of such data as open data. The work will be done in close collaboration with the other members of the project team.

The work will build on recent research on the software platform OccuRE focusing on processing sensor data about occupancy. The work will focus on open data collection by stationary and wearable sensors, software components for processing occupancy data and sharing data as open data and the development of demonstrations for smart buildings considering visualization of open data on occupancy and combinations with building operation data.

The right candidate must have:
• A master level degree within either computer science or software engineering
• Good analytical and practical skills
• Good software engineering skills and previous research experience including collaboration with industrial partners are an advantage

The preferred candidate has:
• Knowledge of pervasive computing/Internet of Things, data analytics/machine learning and software system design

The Center for Energy Informatics is part of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, one of four Departments of the Faculty of Engineering at University of Southern Denmark

University of Southern Denmark is a prominent, research-intensive academic institution situated in Odense, Denmark.

Further information is available by contacting Associate Professor, PhD, Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, tel. +45 6550 7965

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
The PhD Fellowship is either a 3-year position (5+3).

A 5+3 PhD Fellowship is a three-year salaried position. Enrollment and employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.
The faculty expects the applicants to have read the information on the PhD study at The Faculty of Engineering and on the general PhD work and salary conditions before applying.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
Please read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

· Completed application form: application form for 5+3 applicants

· A curriculum vitae

· A letter stating your interest, motivation etc. Please attach the motivational letter to "application material" under " Research plan"

· Letters of reference (Link to reference form)

· Verified copies* of bachelor diploma and transcript

· Verified copies* of master's diploma and transcript (5+3)

· Calculation of point grade average (Link to calculator sheet with instructions)

*Please note the definition of verified:
Verified official transcripts of exams in English or Danish translation and verified copy of bachelor diploma and master's diploma - All documentation must be officially translated into English or Danish. All documents must be verified. Verified means that your home university or a public notary verifies that the copy is a true copy of the original document. Each page of the copy must be stamped with the original stamp of the verifying institution and added the text: "True copy of the original document" and signed with a blue pen.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about the PhD programme at the faculty and SDU can be found at:

The SDU PhD webpages

The faculty PhD website


31 juli 2017 (Application deadline: 31 july 2017)

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Opslag oprettet d. 20.06.2017, sidst opdateret d. 20.06.2017

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