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Postdoc in the field of low-carbon hydrogen production, development of a HIL approach

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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas :
• defence and security,
• nuclear energy (fission and fusion),
• technological research for industry,
• fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Drawing on its widely acknowledged expertise, and thanks to its 16000 technicians, engineers, researchers and staff, the CEA actively participates in collaborative projects with a large number of academic and industrial partners.

The CEA is established in ten centers spread throughout France



Description de l'unité

Its Department of Thermal, Conversion and Hydrogen Technologies (DTCH) develops production, storage or conversion systems for the hydrogen sector and tools to control these systems. It develops processes for the production of energy and biofuels from bio-resources and assemblies of materials for energy applications. You will be part of the Testing and Systems Laboratory (LES) team, within the Hydrogen Technologies Department (STH2).

Position description


Mechanical and thermal



Job title

Postdoc in the field of low-carbon hydrogen production, development of a HIL approach


Postdoc in the field of low-carbon hydrogen production, participation in the development of a Hardware in the Loop approach

Contract duration (months)


Job description

Do you want your research to have a real impact on the energy transition? Then CEA-Liten is the ideal place for a post-doctoral position.

Our teams (1,000 people) are working with our industrial partners to develop the innovative solutions of tomorrow.

Your role? to give birth to the innovations of the day after tomorrow.

Low-carbon hydrogen produced by electrolysis (powered by low carbon electricity) is seen as a promising and versatile molecule to positively contribute to the energy transition. In the next decade, hydrogen technologies will encounter massive development by entering the different markets. Specifically development in the industry and heavy duty mobility is seen as relevant applications and will require the development of high power (>100 MW) and modular systems. The rapid and large-scale deployment requires innovative semi virtual development methods such as Hardware in the Loop (HiL) approaches. In this context, you will contribute to the development of such method and will be integrated in the Solid Oxide Cell (SOC) development team.


What you will do

  • Realize an extensive State of the art on XiL methodologies, their applications and the potential interests and limits when applied to hydrogen technologies;
  • Participate to the definition of a hydrogen dedicated XiL methodology including the definition of good practices for MiL and SiL steps;
  • Define and specify the requirements for an HiL test platform based on specific use cases discussed with the team and participate to the implementation of the test platform;
  • Design and test a real-time simulation coupled to the HiL platform for 2 specific uses cases (heavy duty mobility and hydrogen production for industry);
  • Publish you work.


What you can expect

  • In the heart of the Alps, an exceptional and internationally recognised scientific ecosystem, in a city committed to the environmental transition "Grenoble European Green Capital 2022",
  • A balance between private and professional life (50 days off/year), an active Works Council for leisure and extra-professional activities.
  • Salary according to your qualifications and experience, access to a savings scheme funded by the CEA,
  • Industrial-grade facilities for research
  • Participation to scientific conferences.
  • Training to strengthen your skills or acquire new ones

Applicant Profile

What you bring to the table

  • Your PhD in a relevant scientific domain : Process Engineering (control and automation, multiphysic modelling), HiL methodology, Electrochemistry;
  • Your experience and interest in modeling multiphysic phenomena at system level is recommended;
  • Your experience or strong interest in experimental work applied to the field of low-carbon hydrogen technologies;
  • Your knowledge of software such as Matlab Simulink or Modelica Dymola would be useful;
  • An experience in HiL systems such as dSPACE, SIEMENS, OPAL-RT, or NI will be appreciated.

You ideally have a background on HiL implementation and HiL simulation in other domain such as automotive industry, smart grids or power applications. Endowed with a good spirit of synthesis, you demonstrate scientific rigor, responsiveness, autonomy, creativity, adaptability and good interpersonal skills. You enjoy working within a very dynamic multidisciplinary team


Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!





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Job location

France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes




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