PhD scholarship in Robust Congestion Management and Self-healing for Active Distribution Networks (DTU/NTU Double Degree)

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The Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a 3 year PhD position in Robust Congestion Management and Self-healing for Active Distribution Networks.

The PhD project is a DTU/NTU double degree project. (DTU is Technical University of Denmark, and NTU is Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). The PhD student is required to stay in NTU for one year to fulfill the requirements of the double degree.  

In the future power systems, it is expected that more distributed energy resources (DERs) will be present in distribution networks. It will be essential to include the DERs in the planning, operation and control of distribution networks in order to realize cost efficient and secure solutions. DERs will provide ancillary services to the system level balancing. The operation of large scale DERs has inherent uncertainties. It is important that the operation of DERs does not violate the physical constraints within electric distribution networks while taking into account uncertainties. The presence of DERs also gives the opportunity to deal with contingencies in distribution networks. Self-healing will improve the overall supply security of distribution networks.

Responsibilities and tasks
This PhD project will investigate robust congestion management and distributed self-healing methods to improve the resilience of active distribution networks. The distribution system operators (DSOs) may use market based or direct control methods to influence the behaviors of DERs to alleviate potential congestions in distribution networks. The self-healing method is to handle contingencies in distribution networks. The project is to further develop market based methods to solve congestions in distribution networks by influencing both flexible demands and distributed generation and taking into account uncertainties. The project will also develop distributed self-healing methods based on IEC 61850.

Main tasks: 

  • Develop robust market based methods to alleviate congestions in distribution networks caused by demands and/or distributed generation
  • Develop distributed self-healing methods based on IEC 61850
  • Implementation and test of the developed methods

Candidates should hold a MSc in electrical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in engineering. Candidates with the following knowledge will be preferred: 

  • Fundamental knowledge about the power system operation, control and analysis
  • Electricity market
  • Good at optimization theory, familiar with one of the optimization software, such as GAMS and Matlab
  • Knowledge/experience about power system automation

Approval and Enrolment
PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general PhD programmes at 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 Qiuwei Wu, Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen, and Postdoc Shaojun Huang.   

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 Qiuwei Wu, Phone: +45 4525 3529, E-mail:, Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen, Phone: +45 4525 3504, E-mail:   

You can read more about CEE at   

We must have your online application by 31 March 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.