Post/s of Full-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (Post-doc) - Faculty of...

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 May 2021

Call for Applications (Call ID: 72/2021)

Post/s of Full-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III or IV (Post-doc)


Assessment of an emission conTroL Area iN malTEse portS

Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion (IEPC), Faculty of Engineering.

  • Applications are invited for a Research Support Officer to work on a full-time basis on “ATLANTES - Assessment of an emission conTroL Area iN malTEse portS”, a project financed by the University of Malta through the Transdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange Complex (TRAKE). The selected applicant will develop and model innovative technological solutions to minimize emissions due to in-harbour maritime transportation in the Port of Valletta. The Research Support Officer may also be required to work on other projects undertaken by the Department of IEPC.
  • Applicants for the post must be in possession of a degree in one of the following areas: Electrical Engineering, Microgrids, Maritime Engineering, or related disciplines. Applicants in possession of a PhD or with relevant post-doc experience in the research area will be given preference. Candidates in possession of a Master’s degree with an interest to pursue a PhD in this research area will also be considered. Experience of Matlab, PSCAD and/or RSCAD is considered an asset.
  • The University of Malta is an Equal Opportunity employer.

  • The full-time post is for a period of 36 months for RSO I or II and 30 months for RSO III or IV and carries an initial annual remuneration of:
  • Research Support Officer I - €20,800 for candidates in possession of a first degree;

    Research Support Officer II - €24,960 for candidates in possession of a Masters degree;

    Research Support Officer III - €31,200 for candidates in possession of a PhD;

    Research Support Officer IV - €41,600 for candidates with significant post-doc experience.

  • Applicants need to be willing and able to work in Malta.
  • Candidates must submit their a cover letter, a copy of their curriculum vitae and a copy of their certificates (certificates of degrees must be submitted in English) by e-mail to by not later than Tuesday, 4th May 2021.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

  • Further information may be obtained from: . For more information on the Department of IEPC please visit . Further information about the project may be obtained by sending an email to .
  • About the project

    Maritime transportation is responsible for around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually and about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Without swift mitigation measures, emissions due to transport are expected to increase between 50% and 250% by 2050. However, these emissions must fall by 67% by 2050 to meet the long-term EU GHG emission targets. Maritime transport is vital for the Maltese economy with over 95% of freight by volume arriving or departing by sea. The project shall investigate measures to establish an emission control area for cleaner in-harbour shipping in the Port of Valletta. The project shall address these aspects through the use of electric/hybrid propulsion for the in-harbour transportation including the use of alternative fuels (such as LNG) and new technologies (such as batteries). Investigation on the shore connection requirements and technologies for cold ironing of small/medium inland maritime transportation vessels shall also be investigated.

    Further information

  • The Research Support Officer will be responsible for the execution of a number of tasks related to ATLANTES. The project is financed by the University of Malta, in which the Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion is the lead partner. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with the CROM at Aalborg University.
  • The appointee will report to the principal investigator of the project and will be responsible for carrying out research with the main duties including:
  • Assist in the management of the project;
  • Develop simulation models of existing vessels within the Port of Valletta;
  • Design and simulate novel hybrid power and propulsion systems for the vessels;
  • Investigate and model green port infrastructure applicable to small/medium vessels to minimize emission in ports due to berthed vessels;
  • Perform real-time digital simulations on the developed models;
  • Study innovative technologies to decrease the berthing time of hybrid small/medium vessels;
  • Producing project deliverables within the time frames specified in the project description;
  • Preparation of scientific conference or journal papers related to the project;
  • Travel to attend meetings/conferences as the need arises;
  • Travel for a research visit related to the project at the CROM (Aalborg Univeristy);
  • Assisting in dissemination activities related to the project; and
  • Performing any other project-related tasks as instructed by the principal investigator.
  • 3. The appointee will be expected to work on UM campus during hours determined by the University authorities.

    4. The selection procedure will involve:

    a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);

    b. shortlisting; and

  • an interview and / or extended interview.
  • 5. The post is for a period of 30 or 36 months which will be subject to a probationary period and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.

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