Postdoctoral fellow

ENG Electrical & Comp Engineer

Competition No.  -    A100146749
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Scott Dick, along with the Intelligent Energy Systems Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Hao Liang, are seeking candidates for an anticipated postdoctoral fellow position in the modeling and design of emergent systems (e.g. via ordinary or stochastic process calculi, etc.). This is a part of a larger project in designing a decentralized energy market employing blockchain-based smart contracts. The candidate will be responsible for designing smart contracts whose local interactions produce guaranteed system-wide energy supply, voltage stability, and asset protection as emergent behaviors.

This position is for one year, contingent on funding approval. The candidate for this project will:

  • Lead the theoretical analysis and design of the smart contracts
  • Design and execute an evaluation program for these contracts against all reasonable alternatives
  • Write up and publish research findings
  • Assist in writing research proposals
  • Assist in graduate student supervision.

The candidate will work with another PDF (and possibly external experts) specializing in power systems design and simulation, and will supervise one Ph.D. / M.Sc. student who will develop inferential sensors for detecting voltage instability events that the contracts must respond to.

The candidate must have an earned Ph.D. Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a closely related field, with a specialization in the analysis, modeling, and/or design of emergent systems (i.e. those for which complex system-level functional requirements are achieved through local interactions of a large number of simple sub-systems). The preferred qualifications include:

  • Expertise in emergent systems, as demonstrated by a record of high-quality publications in respected venues;
  • Excellent software design and development skills (including software testing), as demonstrated through the candidate’s software portfolio (e.g. Github);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience in mentoring junior graduate students.
  • Experience in designing and analyzing simulation experiments will be an asset;

To Apply: Forward your CV and contact information for three references (preferably by email) to:

Dr. Scott Dick

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Alberta 11th Flr DICE Bldg.

9211 – 116 Street Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 1H9


T: 780 492-6216 (Ư if outside Canada)

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.