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PhD Stipend in Control (8-21046)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a PhD stipend in Control is available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from October 1, 2021, or soon as possible thereafter. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department's excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department's research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.

Job description

By 2050 Denmark needs to be CO2 neutral, which calls for radical changes in the way energy is produced, but also consumed, in Denmark. Renewable energy sources are volatile by nature, meaning that efforts to balance production and consumption are necessary. The position is connected to the research project "Optimal penetration of renewable energy in water distribution networks" funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project aims to derive novel plug-and-play optimal strategies for maximizing the penetration of renewable energy in the operation of water distribution networks by balancing energy production and consumption locally, without putting unnecessary load on the power grid.

To increase the use of renewable energy, Danish water utilities have begun the installation of Photovoltaic (PV) panels at the premises of many water distribution systems in order to aid the pumps at the well fields. At present, these PV panels only supply a fraction of the power needed in order to avoid sending power back to the gird. This severely limits the penetration of PV power. A future milestone for the Danish water utilities is therefore to optimize the use of these PV panels, in the sense that the greatest possible amount of PV power should be installed while incurring the least possible load on the power grid.

Both the power production of the PV panels and the water consumption are well described by stochastic processes driven by sun radiation and consumer habits. The uncertainties introduced by this stochasticity must be included in an optimal control design for the operation of the water distribution system. It is therefore important that the PhD candidate has a solid background (MSc) in optimal control and that the PhD candidate is familiar with stochastic processes. It is considered an additional benefit, if the PhD candidate can demonstrate experience with PV energy and/or water distribution systems as well.  

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor John Leth, Department of Electronic Systems, email jjl@es.aau.dk, 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 Technical Doctoral School of IT and 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 at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: ld@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.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 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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