PhD scholarship in Optimal Dispatch and Online Control of Integrated Energy Systems

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The Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) at the Department of Electrical Engineering, invites applications for a 3 year PhD position in Optimal Dispatch and Online Control of Integrated Energy Systems. The PhD project is a part of the newly granted EUDP project ‘Coordinated Operation of Integrated Energy Systems (CORE).

In order to realize the long term goal of renewables based energy systems, the synergy between electricity, heat and gas will have to be explored. The interactions among different energy sectors will provide more flexibility required by the future renewable energy system. With good coordination among different energy sectors, it will provide cost efficient and secure solutions for the planning, operation and control of the future renewables based energy system.   

Responsibilities and tasks
This PhD project will study the flexibility and ramping requirements of integrated energy systems. Optimal dispatch and online control algorithms will be developed for multi-time-scale operation of the integrated energy systems based on model predictive control.

Main tasks: 

  • Flexibility and ramping resources in integrated energy system both demand and generation sides will be analyzed
  • Quantify the flexibility and ramping requirements in integrated energy systems with significant renewable penetration -
  • Analysis of interactions between gas system, P2G stations and gas storage
  • Optimal dispatch strategies for integrated energy systems

Candidates should hold a MSc in electrical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in Engineering.

A candidate with the following knowledge will be preferred: 

  • Fundamental knowledge about the power system operation, control and analysis
  • Good at optimization theory, familiar with one of the optimization software, such as GAMS and Matlab
  • Knowledge/experience about power system automation

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Qiuwei Wu, Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen, and PostDoc Shaojun Huang.   

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.    

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students. The period of employment is 3 years.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Qiuwei Wu, Tel: +45 4525 3529, Email:, Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen, Tel: +45 4525 3504, Email:   

You can read more about the CEE at  

We offer outstanding career opportunities, have very strong relations to the industry and we focuse on transforming the electric power system into an intelligent infrastructure based on renewable energy.

Please submit your online application no later than 15 April 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.   

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

The Department of Electrical Engineering is the central department at the Technical University of Denmark in electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technology. It is our goal to ensure an engineering training and research, which matches that of other leading universities around the world. The department is organized into sections each covering important areas of electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technologies. Including PhD students we have a total of 275 staff members.   

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.