Two fully funded Ph.D. positions and one postdoc position are available for Spring or Fall 2023 intake. The students/postdoc will support the following two DOE projects:

  1. Model-free control and fault detection/diagnosis (FDD) for next-generation heat pumps — This is a collaborative project with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where the OU team will be responsible for development and experimental validation of model-free algorithms for heat pump optimal control and FDD. The algorithms will be devised based on online convex optimization and learning-based control techniques, so strong numerical or math background is required.
  2. Aging-aware optimal control of motorized energy storage — This project aims to characterize aging behaviors of electric motors used in energy storage systems, such as heat pump-driven thermal storage and pumped-storage hydro, and develop aging-aware control strategies. Students with general mechanical/electrical engineering background are encouraged to apply.

For those interested, please email Dr. Jie Cai at