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Reference number: 2021D-013


At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research Energy Systems Engineering (IEK-10) we focus on the development of models and algorithms for simulation and optimization of decentralized, integrated energy systems. Such systems are characterized by high spatial and temporal variability of energy supply and demand as well as by a high degree of interdependence of material and energy flows. Research at IEK-10 aims to provide scalable and faster than real-time capable methods and tools which enable the energy-optimal, cost-efficient and safe design and operation of future energy systems.

We are offering a

PhD-Position - Conception, Design and Development of Multi-FPGA Simulation Methods for Real-time Verification of Power Electronics enabled Energy Systems

Your Job:

  • Analysis of the current state of the art in real-time simulation methods
  • Development of simulation methods for multi-FPGA platforms
  • Programming of a simulation solution that is able to execute on multi-FPGA platforms with execution time below 50ns
  • Development of test case and scenarios for the evaluation of the developed platform
  • Development of simulation interfaces between the developed simulator and commercial products
  • Validation of the simulation models on the basis of the energy infrastructures of the campus Forschungszentrum Jülich

Your Profile:

  • M. Sc. degree in electrical/electronic engineering, computer or computational science or a related field with good final grade (German system equivalent 2.0 or better)
  • Strong mathematical and programming background
  • Knowledge of modelling, preferably of energy systems
  • Previous experience with FPGA programming (VHDL, Verilog)
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C, C++)
  • Excellent ability for cooperative collaboration
  • Very good communication skills in English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Possibility of pursuing a PhD at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University supervised by Prof. Benigni
  • A highly motivated research group in one of the biggest research centers in Europe
  • An excellent scientific and technical infrastructure: both necessary conditions for a successful PhD thesis at RWTH Aachen within three and a half years
  • Participation in project meetings and conferences
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • Payment based on 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at:

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

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