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PHD STIPEND IN COORDINATED CONTROL AND PROTECTION OF WIND TURBINE CONVERTERS AND GRID INTERFACE (14-19093)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology a PhD stipend is available within the general study program Energy Technology. The stipend is open for appointment from April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2023. 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 research program in Electronic Power Grid (eGrid) and the Section for Power Electronic Systems.

Job description

The position is fully funded by the research project WinGrid, an EU-H2020 Grant under Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN). The overall goal of this project is to train and launch the next generation of researchers on power system integration issues associated with the large-scale deployment of wind generation, focusing particularly on the modelling and control aspects of wind turbine and grid interface design, system stability and robust implementation. The position is offered in relation to the research program "Electronic Power Grid (eGrid)" and the PhD student will be positioned to the section for Power Electronics Systems.
The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection at onshore delivery points, and the variability of wind power, both at the individual wind farm and AC power collection grid, make large scale wind farm integration very challenging. There are wide-ranging consequences for voltage and angle stability of the overall system and its fault response behavior. Moreover, the traditional distinction between control and protection is largely absent in the converter-dominated offshore power network. The timescale of operation of protection devices (e.g. relays and circuit breakers) are within the timescales of the fast control loops of wind turbines. This project thus aims at developing methodologies to robustly integrate the network protection and control of wind turbines, under the wide-ranging wind speeds and diverse fault conditions. This PhD stipend will be in collaboration with ABB Power Grids Research, Switzerland, and DNV GL, Netherlands.
Applicants must be eligible according to the ITN recruitment guidelines for Early Stage Researchers, i.e. they must have maximum 4 years research experience and have not been awarded a doctoral degree, and cannot have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
Applicants should be highly motivated with the background in power and/or control engineering, modeling and control of power electronics systems. Working experiences with the grid integration of renewable energy systems will give an advantage. A high proficiency in oral and written English is required. The applications for enrolment must include the following: 
• Letter of motivation.
• Diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), and the academic transcripts.
• Curriculum vitae.
• Publications (if applicable).
• Project description (4-5 pages), which describes the applicant’s 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.
 
You may obtain further information from Professor Xiongfei Wang, Department of Energy Technology, phone: +45 21369166, email: xwa@et.aau.dk , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

You may obtain further information from Title name, Department of name, phone: phone number, email: mailaddress concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

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 Doctoral School of Engineering and Science 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 Ms. 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.

Agreement

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.

Vacancy number

14-19093

Deadline

31/01/2020

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