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One or more PhD Stipends in Modeling, stability analysis and control of multiple microgrid clusters (14-19041)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology one or more PhD stipends are available within the general study program Energy Technology. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 October, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Energy Technology is an expanding department covering most fields of Energy Technology ranging from electrical energy (Power Systems, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines to thermal energy including Energy Systems and Fluid Mechanics and Combustion but also mechatronic systems. The department has about 300 employees – out of them are more than 125 Ph.D. students. The laboratory-facilities are world-class and the research carried out are most often in collaboration with industry. The position is offered in relation to the research program "Microgrids" and the PhD will be positioned to the section of Power Electronic Systems.

Job description

The PhD position is related to the Villum Investigator grant that will support the new Centre for Research on Microgrids (CROM). Microgrids could be the key to a far more efficient, safe and resilient distribution of sustainable energy. With an increasing number of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, or tornados, we need to develop highly resilient energy systems that can survive extreme events. Further, in rural areas without electricity access, each village could generate renewable energy, store and consume it locally thus forming a microgrid. The same thing can be applied in Denmark in houses with solar panels and electrical vehicles. The challenge is to coordinate each microgrid and improve the efficiency of the whole energy system. This way we can conceive electrical grids from the population needs following a bottom-up approach.

The objective of the PhD position is to model and control multiple-microgrid systems including renewable energies, energy storage and loads. The emphasis will be to implement highly resilient energy systems for rural areas without access to electricity or having blackouts due to natural disasters. The project will be to develop emergency control platforms based on the newest trends, such as large- and small-signal modeling, stability analysis, robust (H2 and Hinf) and optimal control, and secondary controllers for microgrids and multiple microgrid clusters.

The candidate should have an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering or similar, with a background on distributed/decentralized control systems. The candidate should have first-hand experience with modeling, analysis and control for microgrid, especially in the areas described by previous paragraph.

The applicant must provide and upload a proper project description, which describes the applicants initial thoughts and ideas related to the specific project applied for. This includes a brief state-of-the-art (including short list of references), a time schedule and how the applicant intends to shed light on the project objectives. The project description should have a length of 4-5 pages.

You may obtain further information from Prof Josep M. Guerrero, Department of Energy Technology, phone: +45 2037 8262, email: joz@et.aau.dk 

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ld@adm.aau.dk ,  phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk 

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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