Research Assistant and PhD Student «Analytics and ML for Heat Pump Optimization» (m/f/d)

University of St. Gallen
March 05, 2023
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Research Assistant and PhD Student «Analytics and ML for Heat Pump

Optimization» (m/f/d)

100% (unlimited, by mutual agreement)

Your tasks

The Bosch IoT Lab (Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann, Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann) – a joint initiative of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen, the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich, and the Bosch Group – is looking for a Research Assistant and PhD Student.

Heat pumps play a significant role in the energy transition by extracting renewable energy from the air or ground. As of today, they are rapidly replacing fossil heating systems in buildings. However, in use, heat pumps often consume significantly more electricity than needed. Incorrect planning, installation, configuration, and operation can lead to dramatic inefficiencies that often go unnoticed.

In light of these challenges, we are looking for a personality with a strong will to create a meaningful impact. Are you eager to investigate how connected heat pump data can be leveraged to identify heat pump problems and optimization opportunities? Are you keen on developing analytics- and ML-based systems that constantly monitor heat pumps to ensure their efficient operation? We are looking for you!

Your profile
  • Strong interest in analytics, machine learning, software development, sustainability, and energy
  • A technology, energy, or business background, e.g., in information systems, computer science, engineering, management, economics, or energy
  • Prior experience in applied research projects, startups, as well as prior work experience in the energy or software industry is advantageous
  • Strong conceptual and communication skills, particularly in respect to sharing research findings with a diverse and interdisciplinary audience
  • Master's degree with a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 5.0 (GPA of 2.0 and better in Germany or Austria) to be eligible for a PhD at the University of St.Gallen/ETH Zurich Profound knowledge (written/oral) in German and English
  • If you are fascinated by the described opportunity and would like to be part of our highly motivated, young research team, please apply with the button on the bottom right.

    What we offer:

  • Unique possibility to advance your scientific as well as entrepreneurial, management skills
  • A highly motivated, interdisciplinary team of young researchers in a very pleasant atmosphere
  • Direct project responsibility and close collaboration with our research partners, e.g., Bosch, startups, and renowned universities
  • Attractive employment conditions, outstanding, flexible work environment and the normal duration for successfully obtaining a PhD in our team is 3.5 years
  • We are looking forward to your online-application. apply here

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    Executive Education

    We support internal and external executive education opportunities. Our internal executive education programme offers you a practical, dedicated and didactically mature transfer of knowledge in the form of seminars, e-learning, coaching and collegial advice. We support task-specific external training and executive education financially as well as with regard to the time required.


    We promote our culture of cross-functional collaboration and create space for forging valuable relationships - also with external partners. Regular exchanges and internal events help to strengthen these relationships and make them long-lasting.

    Family & Career

    We provide our employees with flexible work time models with a variable number of hours per week. As a family-friendly employer, we offer part-time positions, 16 weeks of maternity leave and a subsidised crèche, as well as support with childcare during the vacations.

    Equal Opportunities

    The University enables equal opportunities for all employees and students. This applies to degree courses and work, as well as academic careers, university management positions and the reconciliation of studies, work and private commitments. We are committed to this with various measures in the areas of teaching, research, administration and the Presidency.

    Fit and Healthy

    We help you stay fit and healthy. In addition to our diverse range of sports activities at the university, most of which are free of charge, and campaign weeks for corporate health management, we also offer you fruit in the workplace. In our canteen you will find a wide selection of freshly prepared meals - from vegetarian to fish dishes - at discounted prices.

    Further information on working at the HSG can be found here.

    For job-related questions

    Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann Scientific Director Bosch IOT Lab [email protected]

    «I would be pleased to welcome you to our team soon. You can expect exciting and diverse projects, in research and practice, revolving around analytics and ML for heat pump optimization.»

    Manuel Wlcek Research Associate & PhD Candidate Tel.: +41 71 224 73 06 [email protected]

    «If you have questions about the position, team or topic, please also feel free to contact me. We look forward to receiving your application!»

    Your place of work University of St.Gallen

    «A place where knowledge is created» - As one of Europe's leading universities of economics and business administration, the University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, is committed to the education of over 8800 students. The HSG is one of the largest employers in the region and provides an attractive and innovative environment for more than 3300 researchers, educators and professional staff.

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