Postdoc Damping of Oscillations

  • FACULTY/DEPARTMENT- Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science
  • JOB TYPE- Postdoc Positions
  • SCIENTIFIC FIELD- Engineering
  • HOURS PER WEEK- 36-40
  • SALARY- € 2.960,00 – € 4.670,00

Challenge: Effective mitigation of unstable electrical oscillations in HVDC-HVAC offshore energy systems.

Change: New damping control principles.

Impact: Safeguarding stable dynamic performance of power systems.

Job description

The power grid topology needs to adapt to absorb the rapid expansion of offshore wind, wind-to-hydrogen and the integration of offshore and onshore power generation. The volatile nature of sustainable energy production, the unpredictable demand, and random disturbances like component outages or short-circuits, result in poorly damped electrical oscillations, which could result in partial or total systemic blackouts. To design and confidently operate a stable power system for the future, a dynamic, data-driven approach to modelling is crucial. That’s your challenge as a postdoc at TU Delft.

You will conduct research into and develop a comprehensive, self-learning model, building a digital twin of the sustainable offshore power systems. Levering relevant monitoring and measuring data, your model will continuously adapt to reliably assess dynamic behaviour in micro to millisecond time scales . You will be focusing on anticipation, monitoring, and effective mitigation of diverse and unprecedented forms of poorly damped oscillations with different physical roots and time-varying properties affecting the systemic dynamic stability. In your research you will be working closely with grid operators and developers of sustainable offshore projects such as wind farms. As part of your role, you will coach and support PhD and master students, and publish and disseminate your findings and knowledge in relevant communities and at conferences.

The Dynamic Stability of Sustainable Electrical Power Systems research group will be your home base. Sharing the ambition to enable stable, reliable sustainable energy systems, we’re proud of our research facilities, which include the state-of-the-art Electrical Sustainable Power Lab. We are an innovation-driven, multidisciplinary team of early-stage and senior professors, postdocs, PhDs, and MSc researchers with different cultural backgrounds. Fostering a synergetic, open-minded, and win-together culture, we regularly interact and share views, unlocking different opportunities, forms of incubation, and deployment of knowledge and groundbreaking developments. We also stimulate and motivate a healthy and inclusive work environment in which you can bring out the best in yourself . And we value autonomy, professionalism, and a balanced work-life approach.


You thrive on helping accelerate the energy transition with groundbreaking research to resolve dynamic stability issues in the power system. Working towards meaningful team results, you have the flexibility to align your research and collaborate with your interdisciplinary colleagues. You harness your communication and organisation skills to coach and motivate PhD and master students, and convince industrial partners of your approach. And you are keen to further develop your modelling, programming and analytical skills.

You also have:

  • A PhD in Electrical Power Systems or Power Electronics.
  • A background in power system stability and multi-variable control, and in modelling and control of power electronic interfaced devices, with demonstrable electromagnetic transient model programming experience.
  • A good command of English, because you will be working in an international environment. A command of Dutch would help you communicate with industrial partners and students.

Conditions of employment

Starting with a one-year contract, this role is a three-year assignment. 

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.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines – electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

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Additional information

If you would like more information about this role, please contact: Dr Jose L. Rueda-Torres, Associate Professor, +31 (0)15 2786 239.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 16 June 2023, via the application button and upload:

1. Research statement in maximum one (A4 format) page. Please explain clearly;

    • Your key skills which will help you successfully generate and steer high quality scientific research within the scope of this postdoc position.
    • The top-two of your latest innovative solutions and their deployment and impact.
    • The top-two of your latest published works in highly ranked scientific journals. 

2. Detailed CV.

3. Copy of your PhD degree and transcript.

4. Names and contact information of at least three relevant references, one or two of whom were not involved in your PhD research. We will not contact references without your consent.

Please note:

  • 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.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.