Cloud-connected e-bus fleet digital twin modelling and validation

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
November 01, 2022
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Cloud-connected e-bus fleet digital twin modelling and validation

Category: PhD

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you'll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees , we are the largest Dutch-speaking employer in Brussels , an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
  • 2 - Position description

    The Faculty of Engineering , Department Elektrotechniek en energietechniek , is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.

    More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate , contains:

  • Simulation of the e-bus fleet platform in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Co-design optimization of the e-bus components towards lower TCO, LCA and longer lifetime
  • Investigate workable digital twin interfaced with real-data forming a connected IoT to evaluate the performance of the e-bus fleet
  • Investigate energy-saving ECO-features performance, including ECO-driving, ECO-comfort, and ECO-charging
  • Writing research reports and scientific articles;
  • Presenting research at (international) seminars and conferences;
  • Coach master thesis students.
  • For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.

    3 - Profile

    What do we expect from you?

    You must have a Master's degree of an academic institution in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

  • You should have strong knowledge of numerical modeling and dynamic simulation of complex systems. Knowledge in modeling of electric propulsion systems and proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink and at least one object-oriented programming knowledge (e.g. Python, or Julia)
  • You should also have good communication skills in English (speaking and writing), demonstrate initiative and be proactive in the project.

    You should have the ability to work independently , to carry out complicated tasks, and be a part of a large team with high communication skills.

  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.
  • 4 - Offer

    Are you going to be our new colleague?

    You'll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship , for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 15/11/2022.

    You'll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

    IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.

    At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

    As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
  • Ecocheques ;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work- life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).
  • 5 - Interested?

    Is this the job you've been dreaming of?

    Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 31/10/2022 your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).

    Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Dr. Omar Hegazy at omar.hegazy@vub.be or on 0032 (2) 629 29 92.

    Would you like to know what it's like to work at the VUB? Go to www. vub.ac.be/vacatures and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

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