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Research Assistant in Design and Modeling of Piezoelectric/Pyroelectric Energy Harvesters (2021-224-03727)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Energy, a position as Research Assistant in Design and Modeling of Piezoelectric/Pyroelectric Energy Harvesters is open for appointment from 1st November 2021 to 31st October 2022 or soon hereafter.

Job description

Aalborg University contributes to the knowledge building of the global society as well as the development of prosperity, welfare and culture of Danish society. This is accomplished through research, research-based education, public sector services and knowledge collaboration. Aalborg University educates students for the future and activities are based on a dynamic and transformative collaboration with the surrounding community. 

AAU Energy is a dynamic engineering research department in continuous growth and inspiring surroundings. AAU Energy has a very international environment and covers all areas of clean and sustainable energy systems of the future within electrical, thermal and mechatronic energy technology. AAU Energy has campuses in both Aalborg and Esbjerg, this position is located in Aalborg. 

The mission is to be world leading in both research and research-based education of the energy engineers of the future. AAU Energy has approx. 300 employees of many nationalities, of which 25 are administrative staff. In addition, AAU Energy constantly has approx. 50-70 guest researchers from around the world. 

Research and teaching are in the absolute world elite in the field of energy, and we have extensive and leading workshop and laboratory facilities, where research and innovation are carried out in direct collaboration with industry to a great extent. 

The position is offered in relation to the research group "Low Power Energy Harvesting and i-Solutions" and the research assistant will be positioned to the section for Thermal Engineering.

Research areas will be within:

-Design and development of piezoelectric and/or pyroelectric energy harvesting devices

-Modelling and optimization of such energy harvesting systems

It is expected that the candidate has a solid background in the field of Thermo-Mechanical Engineering. The candidate is expected to model non-linear behavior of pyroelectric and piezoelectric energy harvesters under various boundary conditions. Therefore, computer skills such as MATLAB, ANSYS and COMSOL software will be positively evaluated. A main task of the project will be testing and evaluation of the energy harvesting technologies for industrial applications.

Teaching will primarily be in thermo-mechanical engineering, but also in other study programmes at the University.

It will be appreciated that the candidate’s approach to research and team work is characterized by an open and inclusive mind-set. Qualified applicants have at least a M.Sc. degree in a field related to thermo-fluids, energy systems, or energy harvesting.


-Ability to collaborate in an international environment

-Ability to collaborate  with other research groups

-Motivation and engagement for exploratory and pioneering research

-Be able to communicate in English at a skilled level

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor, Alireza Rezaniakolaei, TEL: +4521370284, E-mail

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Qualification requirements:
The required level of qualifications is at master level. 

The application must contain the following: 

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Copy of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and, if any, PhD) On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations
  • Personal data

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information concerning the application procedure, please contact Mathilde Vestergaard HR-Servicecentre EST by mail 

Appointment to Research Assistant may be for a period of up to three years. Reappointment may be made, but a Research Assistant can only be appointed to Research Assistant for a period of maximum three years. Further information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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