A Research Platform for Singapore

Research Assistant / Master Thesis (Distributed Balancing Algorithms for the Smart Battery Platform)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:29 January 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (from April 2019)



Technical university of Munich - Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (TUMCREATE) is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE).


At TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University. The Mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore. Our innovative road transport solutions will provide high comfort and a positive travel experience, best protection of the environment and maximum benefit to the society and the economy.

More Information about TUMCREATE can be found by viewing our web pages at http://www.tum-create.edu.sg/ 



TUMCREATE is a research company working on improving Singapore’s public transport system and making it more sustainable by electrifying it. Research area ESTL (Electrification Suite & Test Lab) is working on the electrification of public transport and its integration into the power system.


About This Position

In Phase-I of TUMCREATE, a smart Battery Management System (BMS) was developed. For Phase-II we are building a new version of the Smart Cell platform in which we plan to incorporate our recent findings. Therefore, a PCB has been designed on the basis of an ARM Cortex M0 Chipset, as shown in Fig 1, which aims to drastically reduce the energy requirements of the system and therefore boost efficiency, flexibility and scalability.




Objectives & Tasks

The successful applicant is required to work independently on the following tasks:  


  • Architecture design: Design and manufacturing of PCBs for different additional tasks like communication through CAN and charge balancing.
  • Assembly: Prototype assembly of additional PCB.
  • Software: Implementation of demonstrator software based on a previous version for another platform. This includes battery parameter measurement and safety monitoring, control of the balancing hardware as well as communication via CAN protocol. A special focus will be on implementing a battery model and balancing algorithms.
  • Testing and validation: Perform characterization measurements and validate the performance of the implemented system.
  • GUI development: Design and implementation of a GUI to visualize the system’s status and behavior



  • Experience in PCB design.
  • Embedded programming knowledge is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills in both written and spoken English.
  • The ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures.


What We Offer

  • Financial support
  • Exposure to the state of art research topics
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment



University Town, Singapore

How To Apply

Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to Alexander Lamprecht (alexander.lamprecht@tum-create.edu.sg).


Thank you for your applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.