SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.
We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!
Buildings account for a significant proportion of global energy demand, greenhouse gas emission (GHGE), waste generation and resource demands. Reducing GHGE can be achieved by either switching to low-carbon technologies or reducing the amount of fossil fuel energy consumed. The latter can be achieved by designing intelligent applications based on IT-technologies to efficiently integrate decentralized renewables like photovoltaic (PV) with heat pumps, electromobility, and battery storage units at the household level.
In this PhD thesis, the focus is on investigating a new distributed charging optimization strategy with a shared objective of reducing GHGE under specific constraints, spanning from technological constraints (e.g., storage capacities) to financial (e.g., limited budgets) or social ones (e.g., considering inhabitant habits, agenda…). ADMM-like state-of-the-art techniques will be considered to solve this distributed charging optimization problem. The use of blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technology) technologies for energy trading purposes (as in [Wa21]) will be considered, along with their impact in terms of CO2 emitted (e.g., resulting from mining, incurred transaction fees, etc.) and financial cost (e.g., fee induced by a transaction). The proposed algorithm will be evaluated using publicly available state-of-the-art datasets.
You Will Be Required To Perform The Following Tasks
- Carrying out research in the predefined areas
- Survey the scientific literature in the relevant research domains
- Disseminating results through scientific publications
- Communicate and closely work with the partner to collect requirements and report results
- Implement proof-of-concept software tools
The candidate should possess a MSc degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science with strong programming skills.
The ideal candidate should have some knowledge and/or experience in a number of the following topics:
- A Computer Science background;
- Expertise in Optimization, and eventually the basics in blockchain;
- Good programming skills (python, Java…);
- Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory;
- Commitment, team working and a critical mind.
Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.
Here’s what awaits you at SnT
- A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance
- Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better
- The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners
- Multiple funding sources for your ideas. The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources
- Competitive salary package. The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, health insurance and subsidised living and eating
- Be part of a multicultural family. At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more
But wait, there’s more!
- Complete picture of the perks we offer
- Discover our Partnership Programme
- Download the brochure: Why choose SnT for your PhD?
Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities.
- Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
- Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
- Location: Kirchberg
- Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
- Job Reference: UOL04632
The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38.028,96 (full time)
Alternative title: PhD Candidate for the LightGridSeed Project
Applications should be submitted online and include:
- Full CV, including list of publications and name (and email address, etc) of three referees
- Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken
- Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words)
- Motivation letter
All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.
The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.