Full-time doctoral scolarship in Design and deployment of a cloud-connected Digital Twin for Heavy duty vehicle fleet with ECO-features

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel


22 Sep 2023
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
MOBI Research Centre
Research Field
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Electrical engineering
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
31 Oct 2023 – 11:17 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Offer Starting Date
1 Jan 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

1. Company profile


For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy. The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community


2. Job description

The position is in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The candidate will work in the EPOWERS group of the  MOBI  Research Centre (Electromobility Research Centre). Our Mission as EPOWERS Research Group is to offer and deliver cutting-edge research, provide top-notch designs and developments on power electronics, powertrains and smart green energy solutions with intelligent control systems for tomorrow’s mobility, transport and smart green grid applications, with our ever-growing team  of top-level researchers and experts. Our academic record  at world’s most renowned academic journals in relevant fields, a good word from our established national and international collaboration network  of companies and research institutes, the content of the ever-growing number of projects  we are involved with can be reference to our level of expertise. We follow the local and global tendencies on a daily basis, bilaterally interact and collaborate with all sorts of research, technology, business, public and political entities to contribute in shaping tomorrow’s transport, mobility and green energy systems. EPOWERS is also part of MOBI Core Lab within Flanders Make  – Driving Innovation.


What do we expect from you?


You will conduct research and works towards a PhD in the field of power electronics and drivetrains.


  • You specialize in the following topic: Design and deployment of a cloud-connected Digital Twin for Heavy duty vehicle fleet with ECO-features;
  • You work/use MATLAB Software and optimization (such as co-design optimization);
  • Simulation of the e-bus fleet platform in MATLAB/Simulink;
  • Co-design optimization of the e-bus components towards lower TCO, LCA and longer lifetime;
  • Investigate energy-saving ECO-features performance, including ECO-driving, ECO-comfort, and ECO-charging;
  • Drive-in-the-loop testing and workable digital twin interfaced with real data forming a connected IoT to evaluate the performance of the e-bus fleet;
  • You work on projects independently;
  • You will present your work at international conferences and publish your work in Q1 or Q2 journals.


Will you be our new colleague?


Then we offer you a full-time doctoral scholarship, for the duration of 12 months (3 times renewable).


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


You have a master’s degree in Engineering or Industrial Sciences. 

You are fluent in written and spoken English.


Additional Information

At the VUB, we guarantee an open, involved and diverse workplace and offer you opportunities to (further) develop your career.

In addition, you enjoy benefits such as:

  • Maximum reimbursement for commuting by public transport or a bicycle allowance;
  • Free hospitalization insurance;
  • The space to shape your job content and to learn continuously via VUB LRN;
  • Advantageous sports opportunities;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals in our campus restaurants at an attractive rate;
  • An open and family friendly environment with attention to your “work-life balance” and an exceptional leave scheme with 35 leave days (in case of full-time employment).

Selection process

Applications can only be made ONLINE before 31/10/2023.


Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • Detailed CV
  • Degrees and diplomas
  • Motivation statement


For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs .

Additional comments

PLEASE NOTE: The effective implementation of the PhD grant is subject to the suspensive condition of enrolling the PhD student as a PhD student at the university.

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Postal Code
Pleinlaan 2

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