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PhD Student - Efficiency and durability optimisation of energy management systems designed for mobile robotic applications (FPI 2017 -MdM-)

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Attila Peter Husar



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The "Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC" is seeking a PhD student to work under the framework of the María de Maeztu (MdM) Unit of Excellence Seal.

The thesis project will be part of Work Package 5 of the MdM Strategic Programme. It will consist of the development of automatic control methodologies to improve the performance and durability of PEM fuel cell systems, applied to mobile social or healthcare robots as their main power supply. The objective of the PhD student is to design new high-level and low-level control systems that solve the main challenges to these types of energy conversion devices: the increase of energy efficiency and of useful life while outperforming the state of the art energy supply systems in terms of energy density (autonomy).

The thesis will be directed by Dr. Attila Husar and co-directed by Dr. Juan Andrade.

A four-year PhD position will be fully covered by an FPI grant under the Spanish Government Call "Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2017".

IMPORTANT: Application must be made through the Ministry webpage. However, in order to help you and to get to know you during the application process, please contact with us as soon as possible and no later than the 10th October 2017, sending your cv to: jobs (at)


Qualifications: The candidate is expected to have a master in control engineering, industrial engineering or a related field.
Knowledge: Good background in control and robotics. The applicants should have skills in programming preferably in Matlab/Simulink, C++ and ROS.
Languages: Fluent in English.
Other: Must fulfill the requirements to enroll in the Doctoral programme in Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision.


Please, send your documentation before 10/10/2017 to:

Email: jobs (at)
Address: Parc Tecnològic de Barcelona. C/ Llorens i Artigas 4-6, 2a planta. 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
Fax: 93 401 57 50
Note: Please, remember to reference the offer (ID-48) and include the following documentation: Cover letter, grades and CV