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Student Research Assistant - Urban Energy - Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

Competition Number:
REQ 38
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
Student Research Assistant -Urban Energy
Hours of Work:
Up to 10 hours per week

$13.70 per hour plus 4% vacation pay


ASAP to January 4, 2023

The Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering is seeking a student research assistant to help establish the workflow of automated neighborhood energy modeling intending clean energy planning.

Urban areas are expected to account for over 70% of the world's energy-related CO2 emissions by 2050. The importance of energy system planning in cities gained popularity and can play a vital role in mitigating GHG emissions and the transition to a clean energy economy. As cities become more aware of the climate change impacts and the need for sustainable energy strategies, they often require the proper tools and methods to develop their local urban energy systems. In the Future Urban Energy Lab for Sustainability (FUEL-S), this job intends to establish a neighborhood energy modeling workflow that employs or integrates various techniques such as artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), GIS data (OpenStreetMap, Google map, etc.), engineering methods, and drone collected data together to form the detailed neighborhood energy models (NEM). The goal of this research is to predict the hourly yearlong neighborhood energy demand profiles (electrical and thermal loads).


  • Establishing workflows using artificial intelligence, energy modeling and GIS data


  • UPEI Student, preferably in 3rd year or 4th year
  • Building energy modeling (i.e., EnergyPlus, Grasshopper, Ladybug, etc.), Artificial intelligence (AI), computer programming
  • Must have a strong attention to detail

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

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