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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Improving the QoS of public EV charging ecosystem in Quebec

Reference number: 12001
Supervisor: Chadi Assi

Program description

The Government of Quebec has set a target of 1 million Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030. In fact, Quebec will ban the sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars by 2035. However, EV integration will lead to a high demand for charging spaces and power. Currently, there is a lack of both a reservation and a check-in system for EV owners to charge their cars at public charging stations (CSs) which may lead to uncertainty and could lead to reluctance in adoption by potential EVs’ owners. For operators, the lack of information (and tools to assess performance) would lead to uncertainty in infrastructure deployment and sizing existing ones to meet demands and maintain quality of service (QoS). In addition, there are several concerns among EVs owners including the driving range anxiety and the need to frequently charge their EVs. Further, the deployed public charging network may remain underutilized due to users’ hesitation caused by the desire to avoid long waiting times. Therefore, characterizing the average waiting time, improving utilization of the charging network, and large-scale deployment of EV infrastructure are indispensable components that should be addressed to improve the QoS for the charging network.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with strong background in Queuing theory and simulations, modeling, Machine leaning and Data analytics. A strong publication record and experience in co-mentoring graduate students is required.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position is expected to be filled as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2024.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Chadi Assi
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above 
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to: Chadi Assi


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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