PhD scholarship in High Performance Algorithms Enabling Real-Time Security Assessment of Sustainable Electric Power Systems

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The Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) at DTU Electrical Engineering invites applications for a PhD position that focusses on development of high performance numerical algorithms for online assessment of power system security and stability.  

Applications of numerical algorithms for online assessment of power systems is a field with multiple unexplored areas offering exciting challenges for algorithm experts and possibility for high-impact publications in an important applied field.   

The PhD project is a part of the Danish SARP project (Security Assessment of Renewable Power Systems) funded by the ForskEL 2016 research programme and lead by our center in cooperation with DTU Wind Energy and Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen, UCPH. 

The project has a highly interdisciplinary focus, where researchers with strong background in Computer Science and Electric Power Systems collaborate in the supervision of the project.   

Responsibilities and tasks
The proposed PhD project will extend and further develop our work which addresses the challenge of ensuring a secure operation of the future’s sustainable electric power systems.   

As the share of power production based on uncontrollable renewable energy resources (RES) increases, the task of ensuring secure and stable system operation becomes challenging. The fluctuating nature of RES results in the traditional offline approaches for security assessment becoming too slow to ensure secure system operation and therefore, new methods for real-time stability and security assessment will become essential.   

Candidates should hold a MSc in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in engineering. Candidates with background in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or other relevant fields are encouraged to apply.    

Approval and Enrolment
The PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general PhD programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen and Senior Scientific Consultant Hjörtur Jóhannsson (DTU) and Assistant Professor Stefan Horst Sommer (Copenhagen University).  

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 Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.   

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students. The period of employment is 3 years.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen, phone +45 61396339 or Hjörtur Jóhannsson, phone +45 21561740.   

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Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc, but cannot begin before having received it. 

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.   

The Department of Electrical Engineering is the central department at the Technical University of Denmark in electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technology. It is our goal to ensure an engineering training and research, which matches that of other leading universities around the world. The department is organized into sections each covering important areas of electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technologies. Including PhD students we have a total of 275 staff members.   

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.