Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology TUDelft, The Netherlands

2 Postdoctoral Position in Electrical flexibility mechanisms on the intersection of planning and operation in urban energy systems

The Netherlands

The Delft University of Technology invites applications for a Postdoctoral candidates on the subject of “Electrical flexibility mechanisms on the intersection of planning and operation in urban energy systems” at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), the Netherlands – May 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 20 Months
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • A Ph.D. degree in Electrical (Power) Engineering, Computer Science, or other relevant Engineering science.
  • You have a strong background in the planning and operation of power systems, preferably at distribution system level
  • Your research portfolio consists of modelling and systemic analysis of stochastic behaviour of (domestic) loads and generation.
  • You have extensively applied the Python programming language throughout your career are able to demonstrate this beyond your own discipline.
  • You are keen to work with industrial partners, pro-active, and organisation sensitive
  • Excellent command of Dutch (Oral) and English (written + oral).

Responsibilities/Job Description

The position is part of the GO-e project, which will investigate scalable, local electrical flexibility services for consumers, business, and distribution system operators. The rapid electrification of energy demand in the built environment necessitates electrical grid expansions. Grid congestion management is a key operational tool to smoothen the planning of such expansions. This requires intelligent, scalable, and socially acceptable flexibility solutions borne by the complete energy supply chain. The GO-e consortium includes a wide variety of partners, including TNO, distribution system operators, energy companies, aggregators, ICT specialists, and societal stakeholders.

In this position you will have plenty opportunities to collaborate with Dutch industrial and societal partners, but also with academics from other disciplines, as required (mathematics, social sciences, systems engineering).  Within the team, we strive to develop engineering methods that are mathematically rigorous and have near-term application potential in the power engineering domain. We are strong supporters of open science (publishing, source code, data).

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will investigate

  1. the (mathematical) modelling of flexibility mechanisms for congestion management
  2. test and validate the efficacy and scalability of flexibility mechanisms
  3. cascading and market effects of gaming with (aggregated) flexibility
  4. the inclusion of operational flexibility mechanisms into planning tools of DSOs
  5. (electrical) transition scenarios for the built environment

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD02246

Application Procedure

Please apply before May 8, 2022 via the application button.  Applications can be addressed to Dr. Arjen van der Meer.

Please submit:

  1. your CV with a list of (academic and/or industry) references that we can contact,
  2. your publication list, and
  3. a cover letter that details your motivation and fit to the job requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Department

The research in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy is inspired by the technical, scientific, and societal challenges originating from the transition towards a more sustainable society and focuses on three areas:

  • DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage (DCE&S)
  • Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD)
  • Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG)

The Electrical Sustainable Energy Department provides expertise in each of these areas throughout the entire energy system chain. The department owns a large ESP laboratory assembling High Voltage testing, DC Grids testing environment, and large RTDS that is actively used for real-time simulation of future electrical power systems, AC and DC protection and wide-area monitoring and protection.

The Intelligent Electrical Power Grid (IEPG) group, headed by Professor Peter Palensky, works on the future of our power system. The goal is to generate, transmit and use electrical energy in a highly reliable, efficient, stable, clean, affordable, and safe way. IEPG integrates new power technologies and smart controls, which interact with other systems and allow for more distributed and variable generation.

About the Employer:

Conditions of employment

You will be appointed on a contract for 20 months. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Arjen van der Meer, Program manager PowerWeb, email: [email protected]

For information about the selection procedure please contact Carla Jager, Management Assistant IEPG group, email: [email protected]

NOTE that applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and suitable candidates will be invited for interview, so it is recommended not to wait until the deadline with your application

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