Electrical engineer / Scientist / Post-Doc: Energy and Power Peak Control, enabled by Automatic Train Operation
School of Engineering FHNW, Institute of Electrical Power Systems
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Your tasks

You shall collaborate with the Institute of Transportation Systems at the ETH Zurich (Prof. Francesco Corman) and do research in the area of automatic train operation, taking into account constraints defined by the available energy and power. This research, funded by the Swiss National Research Fund, has the following goals:

  • quantify performance of the integrated network consisting of transport (train movements) and power distribution (peak loads)
  • develop control algorithms for implementing „Power Peak Aware“ Automatic Train Operation
  • work on real-life implementation and consultancy tasks in collaboration with the railway industry
Your profile

 You ideally have a doctoral degree in transport sciences, management / decision sciences, econometrics, statistics, computer science, energy modelling, or related fields. Your research track is consistent and shows a track-record or clear potential for application of modelling simulation and control of energy in transport systems. Ideally, you bring the following skills:

  • ability to independently program complex software
  • ability to model and consider complex systems described by modular approach; to critically review the gaps between industrial needs and academic potential
  • basic knowledge of mathematical optimization (MILP, IP, LP), and/or control sciences, in particular control techniques based on Model Predictive Control
  • basic understanding of railway vehicle control
  • team working and communication skills, also in German, knowledge of German or similar languages is a plus; willingness to learn basic German within a short time horizon
  • know-how in industrial processes and ability/experience to collaborate with industrial partners
Your prospects:
The FHNW encourages its staff to undertake continuous professional development in their field and beyond. Whether focused on teaching or research, lecturers are offered a variety of CPD approaches that are on equal terms and tailored to their personal circumstances: the support offered by the FHNW provides the requisite methodical tools. After all, the curiosity and professional development of the staff helps drive the development of our university - and vice versa.
Your benefits:


Wide range of university sports

Cultural programme of lectures, concerts, theatre and films

Established implementation of equal pay

Thesis projects for the targeted promotion of doctorates

Sabbaticals for professors' personal research and practical projects

300 hours of flat-rate time allowances for continuing education, administration and university development

Start Date: by agreement.
Your workplace
Hochschule für Technik FHNW
Klosterzelgstrasse 2
5210 Windisch
Any questions?
About the position:

Prof. Dr. Ishan Pendharkar, , Phone: +41 56 202 82 08,

About the recruiting process:

Alberto Tagliatti, , Phone: +41 56 202 75 94

Will you soon belong to our team? We look forward to your application.

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