Post Doc Research Associate

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

This position is located on the Campus of University of North Dakota at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), an international leader in energy and environmental research, conducting projects for clients throughout the United States and the world. The EERC offers opportunities to people with an exceptional work attitude, dedication to high professional standards, and commitment to personal development. We are looking for confident, scientifically trained, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:

    Develop suites of advanced real-time control algorithms for smart charging of electric vehicles (EVs). Design, develop and test agent-based control systems for management of EV charging under multiple smart charging scenarios.Work with research engineers and collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary R&D teams including researchers within and outside EERC.Prepare technical reports, journal articles, conference articles, and deliver presentations regarding research findings.Develop proposals and secure funding for research projects.
At EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit

Required Competencies
    Solid background in modelling of electrical vehicles and distribution systems, data analytics and optimization. Experience in dynamical systems and control theory.Experience with hardware-in-the-loop and digital real-time simulatorsExperience with electrical power systems and smart gridExperience with power electronics converter/inverter design and controlsExpertise with Multiagent systems.Experience with simulation tools such as Matlab/Simulink. Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, etc. Experience with machine learning algorithms. Strong work ethicsAbility to work independently and as a member of a diverse teamStrong analytical, communication and task management skills.
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or Control Engineering or related fields.Experience in grid integration of distributed energy resources and dynamical control systems.Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in electrical vehicle (EV) battery charging and different schemes of smart charging.Experience in distribution grid modelling and grid integration of electric vehicles. Experience with distributed controls and smart multi-agent systems.Hands-on experience with multi-agent system-based simulation tools and hardware-in-the loop testing.Experience with statistical and data analysis tools.
Minimum Hiring Salary

$52,000 Annual

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to accommodate work activities/work life balance. Travel may be required.

To Apply

Position is open until filled. For full consideration, applications must be received by October 6, 2021.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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