2 postdoctoral positions in secure modular development of multi-energy systems

  • 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

Looking for two motivated and proactive postdoctoral fellows, eager to research on advanced digital dynamic models and new control principles for modular development of multi-energy sysems.

Job description

The Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG) research section has a very ambitious and diversified research programme covering major technological challenges concerning the operation and planning of future electrical sustainable electrical power grids.

The research team Resilient Sustainable Energy Systems of IEPG, led by Dr. Jose Rueda, seeks two postdoctoral fellows, each one working individually in one of the following topics:

TOPIC 1: Control upgrades to enhance the stochastic flexibility across different time scales.

TOPIC 2: Adaptive management of primary and secondary supplementary control of power electronic converters to safeguard operational resiliency.

The research activities will be based on off-line digital steady-state and dynamic modelling and simulations, real-time digital simulation for laboratory scale experiments (e.g. control-in-the-loop testing), power electronic converter design, signal processing methods, probabilistic methods, and advanced multi-variable control methods.

Each postdoctoral position, starting from March/April 2023, is a 3 years assignment, starting with a 1-year contract. Both positions offer great opportunities to participate in a cutting-edge research and education project involving a strong academia-industry collaboration.

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)
  • High Voltage Technologies (HVT)

The Electrical Sustainable Energy Department provides expertise in 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.


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or Power Systems or a closely related field.
  • Background in power system stability and control.
  • Background in modelling and control of power electronic interfaced devices.
  • Demonstrated competences in one or more of the following complementary categories: Power Electronic Converters, Control Systems Design and Testing, Power System Stability Modelling and Simulation (e.g. Digsilent Power Factory, RTDS), Software programming (e.g. Python), and Hardware-in-the-loop testing.
  • An affinity with teaching and guiding PhD candidates and MSc students.
  • A proven record and interest in further developing your modelling, programming, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • Proficiency in English for effective communication and writing.
  • Ability to work in a team, take initiative, good time management, open to feedback and eager to continously improve, be results oriented and systematic.

Conditions of employment

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

For more information about this vacancy, please contact J. L. Rueda-Torres, phone: +31 (0)15-2786239, e-mail: J.L.Ruedatorres@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before January 31, 2023, via the application button and upload:

  1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae (with detailed list of publications).
  2. A letter of application (up to 4 pages), in which you explain both your interest and the relevance of your skills and experience for this position. The letter should also describe the applicant’s initial thoughts for innovation and scientific contributions.
  3. A list of three (academic and/or industry) references that we can contact.
  4. A 1-page summary of the main scientific contributions of your PhD thesis in English.

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.