Research Assistant for RTDS and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulations of Inverter-Dominated Power Systems

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We seek a talented and engaged research assistant willing to be part of a world leading research environment and contribute to laying the foundation for a new concept of the North Sea Energy Hub, able to integrate massive amounts of offshore wind power.

The Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) provides cutting edge research in sustainable, reliable and cost-efficient energy systems to the benefit of society. At CEE you will enjoy the advantages of a creative and inspiring work environment shared with about 100 highly skilled and motivated colleagues.

As a Research Assistant for RTDS and hardware-in-the-loop simulations of inverter-dominated power systems you have significant impact on shaping and demonstrating viable solutions towards the realization of the North Sea Energy Hub. The goal of the RTDS and hardware-in-the-loop simulations is to demonstrate how such a zero-inertia offshore grid can maintain a stable and secure operation, while harvesting massive amounts of far offshore wind power.

You will have the opportunity to use the world-class experimental facilities at PowerlabDK, including a state-of-the-art RTDS system and a range of hardware components. ( 

This position is part of the multiDC project ( Two neighboring system operators, Energinet and Svenska Kraftnät, a major manufacturer, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, and two more universities, KTH in Sweden and the University of Liège in Belgium, participate in this project, offering the opportunity to work with an international consortium both from industry and academia.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be responsible for the analysis and implementation of a zero-inertia and a low-inertia North Sea Energy Hub topology at the multi-rack RTDS system of PowerlabDK. This will include the connection of hardware-in-the-loop components such as power electronic converters and controllers. Besides the real-time demonstration, you will be part of a team of researchers, and you are expected to contribute to the assessment of each topology proposing solutions that will ensure the safe and reliable operation of such a grid.

Candidates should hold a two-year MSc (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year MSc.

A successful candidate will have a solid background in at least four of the following points: 

  • Knowledge of power systems analysis
  • Familiar with power electronics controls and their representation in power system dynamic simulations
  • Modeling and simulation of power systems using RTDS
  • Programming tools such as Matlab, Python, etc.
  • Excellent use of the English language
  • Ability to present results in technical reports, and prepare scientific papers for publication in international journals

An ideal candidate will also be self-motivated, would enjoy working with complex topics, and would thrive in collaboration and teamwork.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

At the Center for Electric Power and Energy you will be part of a vibrant, welcoming and diverse environment with an international atmosphere and strong links to the world-leading Danish energy industry. You will join one of top European research centres within the energy field and you will have access to our cutting-edge experimental facilities, PowerLabDK ( 

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 1 year.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Spyros Chatzivasileiadis, phone: +45 4525 5621, e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at and about the Center for Electric Power and Energy at

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 January 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)
  • Grade transcripts of BSc/MSc degreed

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

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

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