Marie Curie PhD fellowship in Cost Benefit Assessment to Inform on Competitiveness of Increased Digitalization in Energy Sector (ESR14)

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Are you searching the best opportunity to become a future leader in the field of energy system research? Then you need to look no further. The Center for Electric Power and Energy at the Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to be enrolled in our PhD programme at DTU.

The position is ESR14 under the project InnoCyPES (Project ID: 956433), funded by H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Training Networks ( The consortium will recruit 15 Marie Curie Early-Stage Researchers working with relevant topics in the same research field. Working in a group of 15 talented researchers, you will not only gain knowledge beyond the state of the art but also a vibrant network that can be invaluable for your future development. 

If you are at the early stage of your research or looking for the best possible foundation to start your research career and would lead the research in energy systems in the future, the position can provide you the best place to learn the state of the art of the technologies, investigate and build use cases from industrial practices, and acquire the essential software and hardware skills to lead the innovation in technology development. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Digitalization brings better controllability and observability of the system, hence enhance the utilization and efficiency of the physical infrastructure. Expansion of digital infrastructure has not been considered in the past system planning studies, due to the challenge in quantify the tangible and intangible benefits. The ESR will be responsible to develop quantitative assessment methods for cost benefit assessment (CBA) of ICT investment and establish a cyber-physical co-planning model based on net present value calculations according to future scenarios. Design metrics will be developed and method such as analytic hierarchy process may be applied to support decision-making process. The methods will be built on uses cases obtained from InnoCyPES consortium members.

The project is in collaboration with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The secondment plan includes Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2 months), Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores - Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Lisbon) (2 months), NARI Technologies (2 months), UNSW (2 months), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2 months).

Applicants shall have proven interest in interdisciplinary research and be able to work independently as well as in a team. Besides, the following requirements are to be met:

  • Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies for PhD studies at the time of recruitment.
  • an excellent academic record (grades of B or higher)
  • have engineering background relevant to the following areas but not limited to: information science, energy systems engineering, or social science;
  • have good command of English (minimum C1 or equivalent);

The applicants must fulfill the following conditions,

  • Early-stage researchers: Applicants must be early-stage researchers, which means at the date of start, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations, international organisations, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an 'entity created under Union law', recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by project partners in InnoCyPES collaborating on the ESR project, led by Senior Researcher Guangya Yang. 

The evaluation and assessment will be based on the principle of The European Charter & Code for Researchers.

The enrolment of the PhD programme is subject to academic approval. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

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.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be based on the salary conditions of Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects. The period of employment is 3 years and the expected start date is 1 November 2021. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Guangya Yang, +45 5327 3699,

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If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 August 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • A 1-page research statement on the above research topic
  • 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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