Research Assistant – University of Paderborn – Germany Deadline: 10.06.2018


In the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at the Department of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (LEA) is as soon as possible a job as

Research Associate /
Research Associate

(Fee group 13 TV-L)

100% of the regular working time. It is in the sense of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetzes (WissZeitVG) a project office in the course of the DFG project “Self-optimizing and model-adaptive control of electric drive systems by means of predictive pulse pattern planning”. The post shall be temporary for the duration of the third-party funded project and for a period of 3 years. In addition, an extension is possible in principle and is sought. The opportunity for a doctorate / scientific further qualification is given.

Project description and tasks:

  • Simulative and experimental exploration of model predictive control (MPC) methods for electric drives, especially 2-level inverters & permanent magnet synchronous motors
  • Online calculation of optimized pulse patterns for loss reduction
  • Self-optimization and parameter adaptation within the MPC control method for automated adaptation to different operating situations
  • Addition of electrical models to thermal system behavior (derating)
  • Transfer of the developed methods to neighboring applications as well as industrial transfer
  • Teaching obligation in the scope of usually 2-4 semester hours per week


  • Very good university degree in electrical engineering, control engineering, mechatronics, (techno) mathematics or another relevant degree (master’s degree or equivalent)
  • Sound knowledge of control engineering and mathematical optimization (eg MPC methods)
  • Interest, theoretical knowledge or ideally already practical experience (test bench / rapid control prototyping) in dealing with electric drive systems
  • Solid programming skills (eg C, MATLAB, Python, dSPACE etc.)
  • Independent and team-oriented way of working
  • Secure English spoken and written

We offer:

  • Exciting, highly relevant research topics with direct practical relevance
  • Agile and collegial environment with many design options
  • Diverse academic and educational training program
  • Modern laboratory infrastructure

Further information about the subject area can be found at:

Applications from women are expressly desired and will be processed in accordance with the requirements. LGG with equal suitability, aptitude and professional performance preferred, provided that not in the person of a competitor lying reasons prevail.

Part-time employment is possible in principle. Similarly, the application of suitable severely disabled and equal in the sense of the Social Code Book Ninth (SGB IX) is desired.

Applications with complete documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates in a PDF file) are requested by 10.06.2018 under the code number 3359 by e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Böcker
University of Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn


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