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Post Doctoral Technical Project Manager: Energy Storage and Energy Management

The position is in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The candidate will work in the Battery Innovation Center, which belongs to the multi-disciplinary research group MOBI (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre). MOBI is a leader in electromobility research and socio-economic evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics. It has an international and multidisciplinary team of more than 100 specialists. MOBI currently participates in 27 running EU projects and had 49 industrial research contracts over the past 5 years.

Job offer

The Battery Innovation Center is currently looking to hire a post-doctoral technical project manager to coordinate research activities in several H2020 projects, all within the field of energy storage and energy management. The projects in question contribute to the future of electrified powertrain systems for automotive applications: dealing with the development of innovative battery models, thermal management systems and next-generation battery prototypes. Additionally, you get the opportunity to coordinate and perform research in a brand-new EU H2020 project under the Battery2030+ umbrella on innovative battery sensing techniques. This project aims to develop cost-effective sensors that detect degradation and failure mechanisms before the battery loses performance. To this end, innovative temperature-, mechanical- and acoustic sensors will be developed and integrated in the battery cell casing to offer in-operando spatial information on battery performance.


  • Design, implement and evaluate innovative SoX estimation algorithms based on spatially resolved integrated battery sensors (temperature, mechanical and acoustic).
  • Work closely with multiple international partners in EU projects to define and align KPI’s, measured parameters and strategic test procedures to evaluate battery performance.
  • Perform and analyze battery characterization- and aging test procedures under controlled conditions.
  • Develop accurate electrical battery models for BMS integration in vehicle applications.
  • Develop efficient electrochemical battery models to determine optimal cell designs for gel-polymer and all-solid-state Li-ion batteries.
  • Establish and maintain a strong academic relationship with EU research partners for future collaborations.
  • Contribute in writing new proposals for future research projects and grants.
  • Perform as a technical manager of the activities within research projects
  • Report progress and findings to the project’s consortium and EU project officer during international General Assembly meetings.
  • Monitoring and ensuring the quality of the project outputs.
  • Ensuring alignment between administrative, legal and technical aspects.
  • Meeting expectations and KPI’s set by the European Commission.
  • Supervising and guiding PhD students involved in your projects.


  • A PhD in Engineering or Electrochemistry
  • Broad scientific understanding of energy storage systems (specifically Li-ion batteries)
  • Extensive experience in Li-ion battery testing and modelling.
  • Good knowledge of SoX estimation techniques and/or machine learning methods are a strong plus.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in European projects 
  • Good knowledge of the H2020 program
  • Excellent communication skills in English (speaking and writing)
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently while carrying out complex tasks
  • Proactive and able to take initiative

Our offer

  • Competitive salary based on the pay scales laid down by the government
  • Research and managing opportunities in state-of-the-art EU projects on battery technology
  • Hospitalization cover
  • Free use of public transport for travel to and from work
  • Flexible hours and good work-life balance
  • Extensive sporting facilities and a nursery on campus

Deadline for application: 30 November 2020

Starting date: As soon as possible

How to apply?

Send an email with the subject "Application BIC003" and the following documents as PDF attachments to

  • A brief CV
  • A concise cover letter
  • Copy of PhD diploma