PhD scholarship in Autonomous Charging Strategies for Electric Vehicles

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The Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD position associated with the ACDC research project in the area of grid integration of electric vehicles within the Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE).

You will join the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) group, which has received increased recognition internationally for its contribution to both methodological and application-related aspects of modern power system engineering. The DER group is currently involved in a number of research projects covering the integration of energy storage, e-mobility, solar, wind power, demand response, and energy conversion solutions with focus on local coordination, aggregation, energy services, grid aspects, and user behavior.

PhD key elements
The PhD theme evolves around the aggregation of electric vehicles (EVs) autonomous chargers for the provision of ancillary services. The services are assessed both at local and system level and in conjunction with wind farms to support the operation of a hybrid power plant. Key elements of the PhD investigation include: 
  • Specification of the functionality of the autonomous charger that will be developed throughout the research project ACDC.
  • Methodologies for modeling heterogeneous sets of chargers and EVs of various sizes, subject to real driving behavior.
  • EVs charge control to provide power and frequency services either in local clusters or in conjunction with wind farms.
Funding research project – ACDC (Autonomously Controlled Distributed Chargers)
The ACDC project is supported by the Danish agency for development of new technologies (EUDP) and involves, besides DTU Elektro, four companies: Nissan research centers (both UK and Japan based), Circle Consult, El Net Øst and Vestas. The project will start in April and run for 3 years.

The project will develop two new technologies: an electric vehicle autonomous smart charge controller and a virtual aggregator. The autonomous charger controls a set of electric vehicles in order to ensure the fulfillment of specific grid services. The virtual aggregator broadcasts a signal to the set of autonomous chargers in order to coordinate their action. Both technologies will be developed and demonstrated in the project by using up to 5 vehicles in Risø campus and up to 20 vehicles in Bornholm island. Simultaneously with the development of the hardware, power systems stability studies will be performed to analyze the effect of aggregated charging on large scale.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The applicants should fulfil the following requirements: 
  • Excellent grades in your master program.
  • Knowledge of power systems operation and electric vehicles grid integration issues.
  • Knowledge of simulations software or power systems specific tools such as Matlab-Simulink, PowerFactory or Python.
  • Ability to present results in technical reports, and prepare scientific papers for publication in international journals.
  • Proficient use of the English language.
  • Dedicated person with desire to learn is an essential quality.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

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DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

The place of work will be at the Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark. Lyngby campus will be visited on a weekly basis depending on meeting/teaching commitments.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from ACDC project leader Associate Professor Mattia Marinelli, or DER Group Leader Associate Professor Chresten Træholt,

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at  and about CEE at

Please submit your online application no later than 24 February 2020 (23:59 local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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)
  • A 1-page research statement, including figures and references if deemed necessary (max 500 words). Research achievements (if any), methodological approaches and research objectives relevant to the framework of the PhD study are recommended elements to be included.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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