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Fellowship Description

Research program title

Automated Ongoing Commissioning of Energy Performance of Commercial and Institutional Buildings

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Program description

The ongoing commissioning (OQx) is still in the early stage of development. A few automated OCx and Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis (AFFD) tools were developed that provide a fully automated approach, from data acquisition to fault detection and diagnosis, however, they have limited capabilities for the detailed analysis of whole building systems and equipment. 

This research program uses data from the large number of sensors that are already installed in a building for different control purposes along with long-term information previously processed and stored in the BAS. The power of such an approach is augmented by the development of mathematical models to enable the knowledge extraction from measurements.

The focus of this research program is on the automated fault detection and diagnosis (AFDD) applied to heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems of large commercial and institutional buildings. A special interest is on the case of simultaneous faults of several sensors or equipment. For this scope, the development and validation of the new AFDD will be done by using: (1) synthetic data from the computer simulation, and (2) measurements from an existing HVAC system. The development of virtual sensors and integration within the AFDD is also of interest.

Academic qualifications required

PhD in Building, Mechanical or Architectural Engineering, with experience in simulation of HVAC systems, detection of faults and diagnostics in HVAC systems, data mining of Building Automation System trend data, and forecasting of energy demand.

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

Timeline and application process

Application deadline: open until the position is filled but no later than Decmeber 20, 2018
Fellowship start date: no later than January 15, 2019
Submission process: all documents must be submitted to Niyusha Samadi
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 Niyusha Samadi.


The prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $47,500 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

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