GHENT UNIVERSITY – Postdoctoral researcher in electrical power engineering

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   →  Faculty of Engineering and Architecture  
   →  Department: EA08 – Elektromechanica, Systeem- en Metaalengineering
   →  Occupancy rate: 100%
   →  Number of positions: 1    
   →  Type of employment: Contract of limited duration 
   →  Term of assignment: 18 maanden 
   →  Wage scale:  PD1 to PD4 (doctoral degree) 
   →  Required diploma: PhD 


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


You will perform fundamental research at the Electrical Energy Laboratory (EELAB) of Ghent University in the InduFlexControl-2 project, which is a continuation of the previous InduFlexControl project.

The general goal of this follow-up project is to develop data-driven modelling techniques and control methodologies, harness flexibility in the energy-intensive industry and enable its active participation in the energy transition while remaining cost-efficient and low in CO2 emissions. While the previous project focused entirety in modelling and control methodologies for unlocking the underlying flexibility, InduFlexControl-2 will go one step further, exploring how the incorporation of power-to-X technologies, storage and eventually an alternative (re-)design of selected components in the energy-intensive industry can extend the overall available flexibility. The fundamental research project is articulated around innovative modelling and control techniques targeting more effective exploitation of industrial flexibility:

White-box and data-driven modelling techniques that enable both parametrizable studies of the flexibility potential, as well as adaptability and incorporation of uncertainties.

Data-driven model predictive control (MPC) that provides robustness while being able to cope with the complex nature of energy-intensive processes

Incorporation of market mechanisms and energy system constraints to unveil constraints and deviations from the optimum that are usually omitted.

Your research tasks are mainly situated in the field of white-box modelling, control and design for power-to-X and flexibility, implementation of a proof of concept, etc..


You hold a thesis-based doctorate in engineering or engineering technology, preferably in the field of electrical, electromechanical, energy or control engineering.


We offer you a contract of definite duration for the period of 18 months (possibly extendable by 3 to 6 months).

Your contract will start on 1st October 2022 at the earliest.

Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1 to PD4. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
If you meet the requirements for international mobility, you will be offered a postdoctoral fellowship.

All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).


Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)

In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format

In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.

In the field “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results, …

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Lieven Vandevelde (, +32 9 264 34 22). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

Do you have a question regarding the online application process? Please read our FAQ.

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