Detailed and Reduced Order Models for Multi-Facility Energy Management

Ref. No. NUIG-064-17

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher withIRUSE at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by EU HORIZON 2020 and is available, for one year, from 01/06/2017 to contract end date of 01/06/2018.

  • HIT2GAP Project (from Sep-2015 to Aug-2019). This project will develop a new generation of building monitoring and control tools based on advanced data treatment techniques allowing new approaches to assessing building energy performance data, getting a better understanding of building’s behaviour and hence a better performance. From a strong research layer on data, HIT2GAP will build on existing measurement and control tools that will be embedded into a new software platform for performance optimization.
  • INDIGO Project (from Mar-2015 to Aug-2019). The main objective of INDIGO proposal is the development of a more efficient, intelligent, and cheaper generation of district cooling systems by improving system planning, control, and management.
  • GEMS project (from Jul-2015 to Dec-2017). This research project proposes a novel methodology for assessing capital energy-efficiency projects at a global level.  The project scope will cover the systematic development and implementation of a methodology that supports sustainable decision making within a ’Global Energy Management System’ (GEMS).

IRUSE research group ( is currently comprised of 5 principal investigators, 6 postdoctoral researchers, 12 PhD candidates, 1 Masters Student and continues to grow. This multidisciplinary research team ensures diverse, equal and inclusive working environment. IRUSE is located in the Alice Perry Engineering Building in the College of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway, which is the largest engineering school in Ireland.

Informal inquiries about this post can be made to (Tel: +353-91-492619).


The successful candidate will:

  • Provide a leading role in the development of large-scale research proposals for accessing national and international funding
  • Develop essential project documentation and reporting
  • Review of state of the art (publications in high impact journals, conferences and patents)
  • Development, integration, calibration and validation of building environmental, energy performance and HVAC system detailed and reduced order models in Modelica
  • Development, integration and validation of algorithms for BMS data treatment
  • Development of Industrial Energy Management Strategies utilising Modelica models
  • Supervise/Assist PhD candidates in the field of energy modelling and simulation of buildings
  • Provide organizational support in terms of project management, administration and finance
  • Provide research and some teaching assistance, for the purpose of personal career development, as required. 
Required Qualifications/Skills 
  • A doctoral degree in mechanical, energy systems engineering or related area
  • Demonstrated 2 to 3 years industrial or academic experience related to thermodynamic modelling or building HVAC energy simulation modelling
  • Demonstrated Modelica modelling experience
  • Demonstrated independence, proactivity, exceptional communication skills, commitment to deliver results, adaptability and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Publication record in relevant high impact journals 
Desirable Qualifications/Skills 
  • 2 to 3 years postdoctoral industrial or academic experience related to thermodynamic-Heat Transfer modelling or building HVAC energy simulation modelling
  • Experience in Building Energy Simulation software such as IES-VE and/or Energy-Plus
  • Experience in facilities management or relevant certification
  • Familiarity with building management systems
  • Familiarity with ASHRAE Guideline 14 and/or IPMVP
  • Knowledge of other programming languages, Python, and familiarity with API/Libraries development. 

Salary: € 37,750 per annum Start date: Position is available from 1st June 2017.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.  

To Apply:

The application will consist of:

  • Application Form that can be downloaded from here. Note that the application form will only work in Adobe Reader Desktop application; it will not open in the browser.
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact details of three references and support letters.

 All the required documentation should be sent by email to

Please ensure to: 
  • Put the reference number NUIG-064-17 in the subject line of the applications email 
  • Change the file name of the application form to Name-Surname-NUIG-064-17. 
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All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency-based Recruitment.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.