PhD Scholarship in Data Markets for Energy Systems

onsdag 09 okt 19

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The Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark seeks a highly-talented applicant for a 3-year PhD position with focus on the proposal and analysis of data markets for energy system applications. You will join the Energy Analytics & Markets group, part of the Centre for Electric Power and Energy. The PhD scholarship is related to activities in the EU project Smart4RES. You will be part of a dynamic and diverse team (>10 nationalities and with good gender balance) aiming to bringing cutting edge ideas from our research to reality.

The project seeks to develop and evaluate novel approaches to information sharing in energy systems, based on the idea of monetizing data, while accounting for privacy considerations and potential other constraints that limit information sharing. Some direct applications relate to the valuation of smart metering data, but also to the idea of sharing data for improving forecasts and improving decision-making in power system operation and electricity markets. You will build on recent research works and achievements in optimization, game theory and markets at DTU.

The Centre for Electric Power and Energy has received increased recognition internationally for its contribution to both methodological and application-related aspects of modern power system engineering. A key area of focus is on integration of high shares of variable and partly predictable renewable power production through the design of appropriate market mechanisms allowing for efficient and reliable power system operation, while ensuring a proper redistribution of increased social welfare. The Energy Analytics & Markets group is currently involved in a number of cutting-edge projects for the design and operation of such electricity markets (e.g., the Energy Collective with peer-to-peer electricity markets), for the generalization to markets for integrated energy systems (e.g., CITIES – Center for IT-Intelligent Energy Systems in Cities, SCA and EnergyLab Nordhavn), or for the proposal of new approaches to energy analytics, like learning and probabilistic forecasting in high dimensions and data markets for instance (EU project Smart4RES).

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be directly involved in proposing and analyzing alternative approaches to information sharing in a market environment, to eventually yield relevant designs for data markets. This will translate to investigating game-theoretical aspects of information sharing, network games and consensus. This may also consider approaches to insure privacy preservation in distributed optimization. Finally, mechanism design and economics aspects of such data markets are to be considered.

Candidates should hold a two-year MSc (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year MSc. The ideal candidate has experience with computer science, optimization and game theory, in addition to a little flair for economics and data science. Interest in energy and sustainability is obviously Preference will be given to candidates with: 

  • A relevant background in computer sciences, optimization, game theory, and energy
  • Relevant programming skills in e.g., Python (Gurobi), Julia, GAMS, etc
  • The ability to understand the scientific literature and implement cutting edge proposals in real-world cases
  • Innovative skills, ability to generate new ideas and to implement them in practice
  • Open-minded work culture and good problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and language skills
  • An all-round experience basis
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Pierre Pinson, Associate Professor Jalal Kazempour and Associate Professor Spyros Chatzivasileiadis.  

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 agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.  

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Pierre Pinson, tel.: +45 2398 3221, as well as Associate Professor Jalal Kazempour, tel: +45 2635 9955.  

You can read more about Department of Electrical Engineering on and Centre for Electric Power and Energy on

Please submit your online application no later than 6 November 2019 (local 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.  
  • 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 master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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