Postdoc position in AI-based management of energy systems

One postdoc position is currently available at Prof. Yankai Cao’s lab ( at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. For this position, the admitted candidate will also be jointly advised by Prof. Qiugang (Jay) Lu ( at Texas Tech University, USA. The successful candidate is expected to develop AI-based advanced control techniques for the next-generation management of energy systems (such as power network, buildings, microgrid with renewable energy resources) towards the ultimate decarbonization goal. Enabling the distributed management of multiple interconnected energy units is of particular interest. The candidate is expected to have expertise in advanced control (e.g., model-predictive control), optimization, deep learning, and background knowledge about energy systems. Those with prior experience in modeling of energy systems and reinforcement learning are particularly preferred. Interested candidates can send a CV detailing academic achievements, transcripts, and a personal statement to Dr. Cao ( 

• A Ph.D. degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Computer Engineering, etc., with research concentrations on the following: deep learning, control theory, optimization, reinforcement learning, model-predictive control
• Extensive programming experience in realizing deep learning, model-predictive control, or reinforcement learning algorithms
• Proficiency in Python, Matlab, familiar with Julia, and other languages
• Strong research records in related areas


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-57235 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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