28/09/2018

6 Masters/PhD positions in Building Optimization and Machine Learning

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Energy Systems and Sustainable Cities group, University of Victoria
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/10/2018 01:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Canada › Victoria
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    To be defined
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    31/12/2018

Designing high-performance, low-energy, comfortable, cost-effective, robust and climate resilient buildings requires a new generation of computational tools to effectively address these challenges. These will blend aspects of physics-based building energy simulation, black-box optimization, machine learning and design space visualization. These positions will develop advances in all these areas, which will be combined into an online platform to be used by practitioners in industry and policy-makers in government to deliver better building designs that meet stringent new targets in British Columbia.

The positions available (see below) will be supervised by Dr Ralph Evins (previously of Imperial College London and ETH Zurich) in his Energy Systems and Sustainable Cities research group. The work will be carried out in the stimulating multi-disciplinary environment of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) and the new green Civil Engineering department at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

A good working knowledge of Python is highly desirable for all positions (for an exceptional candidate an expert level in another programming language could be acceptable). Experience with at least one of machine learning, building energy simulation and meta-heuristic optimization is highly desirable. Mastering the English language is required.

Start dates between January and September 2019 are available. Positions are funded at a level comparable with NSERC scholarships (Master's; Doctoral). Holders of these or similar fellowships are eligible for significant top-up funding.

These positions require a Bachelor’s degree (Masters applicants) or Master’s degree (PhD applicants) in engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics. The following positions are available at either level:

  1. Machine learning for building design optimization

This project will use machine learning methods to fit surrogate models (statistical approximations of the design space) to simulation and optimization data, and explore their use in the design process. These surrogate models will be integrated directly in the optimization process in the platform.

Desirable skills: building simulation, machine learning

  1. Robust optimization of high-performance buildings

High-performance building designs must be resilient to variations in user behavior and changes in future climate, or able to be easily adapted to these changes. This project will research more effective robust optimization procedures to be embedded in the platform.

Desirable skills: building simulation, meta-heuristic optimization

  1. Modelica-based optimization of high-performance buildings

Modelica is a new paradigm for building simulation using acausal networks of differential equations, giving unprecedented access to the computational methods used. This project will explore how this new approach can be used with design optimization and surrogate modelling.

Desirable skills: building simulation, Modelica

  1. Visualization and usability of building design tools

Effective data visualization approaches are needed to derive benefit from the optimizations conducted. This project will research the usability of interactive visual design exploration tools, including analysis of the unique data collected on how tools in the platform are used in practice.

Desirable skills: building simulation, visualization methods, data analysis, survey design

  1. Finding meaning in hourly building energy data using machine learning

This project will apply data analysis methods and machine learning models to hourly building energy use data from smart meters, assessing common patterns of behaviour within a building and across multiple buildings, to identify common threads and recommendations for improvements.

Desirable skills: data analysis, machine learning, building energy analysis

  1. Probabilistic modelling of buildings and energy systems

This project will apply the latest developments in mathematical stochastic modelling techniques to problems in building and urban energy systems to help account for fluctuations due to climate, occupancy and use patterns on solar and wind availability and building thermal loads.

Desirable skills: probabilistic analysis, building energy analysis, energy systems modelling

Benefits

Positions are funded at a level comparable with NSERC scholarships (Master's; Doctoral; Post-doctoral). Holders of these or similar fellowships are eligible for significant top-up funding.

Additional comments

Email iesvic.admin@uvic.ca with subject Evins NetZero + title of position, attaching the following:

  • a 1 page cover letter explaining your fit for the position and describing programming expertise and previous research experience, and stating your preferred start date.
  • a detailed curriculum vitae, including grades and English test score if applicable
  • names and contact information for at least two professional or academic references.

Review of applicants will begin in October, but applications are welcomed until this advert is removed from here. If you have recently applied for a position, do not reapply. Only apply for your preferred position - you will be considered for all open positions.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

These positions require a Bachelor’s degree (Masters applicants) or Master’s degree (PhD applicants) in engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics. A good working knowledge of Python is highly desirable for all positions (for an exceptional candidate an expert level in another programming language could be acceptable). Experience with at least one of machine learning, building energy simulation and meta-heuristic optimization is highly desirable. Mastering the English language is required.

Work location(s)
6 position(s) available at
University of Victoria
Canada
BC
Victoria
V8W2Y2
3800 Finnerty Rd

EURAXESS offer ID: 342141

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