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Call for Applications for Bangchak Doctoral Scholarships - Energy Program

January 2018 Intake: Application Deadline 18 November 2017

Bangchak Initiative and Innovative Centre (BIIC@AIT) located at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand is currently looking for excellent doctoral applicants in Energy Program, Dept. of Energy, Environment, and Climate Change with strong interests in smart grid. All research assistant scholarships are fully-funded (covering the stipend and tuition fees) and open to students from any country. English is the official language of communication at AIT.

The Bangchak Initiative and Innovative Centre addresses fundamental and applied research challenges facing the Renewable energy industry worldwide and its objective is to inculcate entrepreneurship and creation of enterprises on knowledge based innovation.  The research program concentrates on smart grid and sustainable energy. The Centre is generously funded to collaborate closely with top industries and universities domestically and internationally. English is the official language of communication at AIT.

Responsibilities and tasks 

The role of researcher is mainly, but not exclusively, to carry out innovative research in the field of smart grid and energy storage which will lead into patents and commercial products.  They will act as a bridge between both industry needs and academic research objectives in order to bring about highly structured and well defined solutions to the industrial problems.  BIIC@AIT researchers will be expected to have both academic and industry experience, together with a sound understanding of the wider energy landscape beyond their area of expertise. All researchers will be expected to initiate and contribute to writing of proposals and other external funding streams.

Required Skills 

We seek highly motivated and excellent Candidates who possess first-class (honours) bachelors and master’s degrees or equivalent (a GPA or average mark of at least 85% or the top 10% of graduates) in discipline like Electrical/Power Engineering or in relevant field.

  • Relevant industrial and research experience
  • Hardware Experience/Knowledge on Converters, prototype development.
  • Exceptional coding ability in programming tools such as Matlab, Python etc. and experience in  design and modelling tools like Simulink/PSIM/LabVIEW/ or other electrical power system analysis and power electronics simulation tools
  • Ability to present results in technical reports, and prepare scientific papers for publication in high impact factor international refereed journals.
  • The role of researcher is to carry out innovative research which will lead to patent and commercial products.
  • Capable of working within a project team to achieve innovative results.
  • Exceptional communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in incubation/founding start-up company is added advantage

We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for doctoral students. The period of student assistantship is 42 months.  


Selected candidates will get a unique opportunity to co-found an international start-up company with separate funding from angel investors or venture capital.

The application

For Admission in January 2018 Intake, Please fill the online application which is given in the following link http://www.services.ait.ac.th/admissions/. Along with this application, applicant should send the following documents all in one combined PDF file to the following email (sheree@ait.asia) on or before 18th November 2017. The successful candidate can start immediately in January 2018 Intake.

  • Covering letter
  • Project proposal with pitching ideas which may lead to commercial products/start-ups (2 pages maximum)
  • Information about education, exams and previous relevant work/research experience (a CV).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Publications relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account and should clearly state the applicant’s contribution.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references

  For further information about the application process, please contact:

Email: sheree@ait.asia or admissions@ait.asia 
Tel: +66-2-524-5407/5031-33