PhD stipend in Control is available within the general study programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark
Deadline to Apply
Aug 08, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Electrical Engineering|
– Electronic Engineering
|Scholarship||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||Technical Faculty of IT and Design|
Department of Electronic Systems
|Contract Period||3 Years|
|Starting date||Oct 01, 2021|
It is therefore important that the PhD candidate has a solid background (MSc) in optimal control and that the PhD candidate is familiar with stochastic processes. It is considered an additional benefit, if the PhD candidate can demonstrate experience with PV energy and/or water distribution systems as well
By 2050 Denmark needs to be CO2 neutral, which calls for radical changes in the way energy is produced, but also consumed, in Denmark. Renewable energy sources are volatile by nature, meaning that efforts to balance production and consumption are necessary. The position is connected to the research project “Optimal penetration of renewable energy in water distribution networks” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project aims to derive novel plug-and-play optimal strategies for maximizing the penetration of renewable energy in the operation of water distribution networks by balancing energy production and consumption locally, without putting unnecessary load on the power grid.
To increase the use of renewable energy, Danish water utilities have begun the installation of Photovoltaic (PV) panels at the premises of many water distribution systems in order to aid the pumps at the well fields. At present, these PV panels only supply a fraction of the power needed in order to avoid sending power back to the gird. This severely limits the penetration of PV power. A future milestone for the Danish water utilities is therefore to optimize the use of these PV panels, in the sense that the greatest possible amount of PV power should be installed while incurring the least possible load on the power grid.
Both the power production of the PV panels and the water consumption are well described by stochastic processes driven by sun radiation and consumer habits. The uncertainties introduced by this stochasticity must be included in an optimal control design for the operation of the water distribution system. It is therefore important that the PhD candidate has a solid background (MSc) in optimal control and that the PhD candidate is familiar with stochastic processes. It is considered an additional benefit, if the PhD candidate can demonstrate experience with PV energy and/or water distribution systems as well.
How to Apply?
The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above.
- Letter of motivation
- Project proposal (approx. 5 pages) containing the research project title, an outline of the course of study and a description of the overall problem areas
- Curriculum vitae
- Diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), including academic transcripts
About Department of Electronic Systems
The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department’s excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department’s research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.
Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.
Associate Professor John Leth, Department of Electronic Systems
Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
Phone: +45 9940 9589
Post expires at 8:59am on Monday August 9th, 2021 (GMT+9)