PhD scholarship – Large-scale electric vehicle grid integration – harmonized and smart charging across Europe

torsdag 30 jun 22

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We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position as part of an exciting new Horizon Europe research project focusing on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure rollout and its integration with the power system.

DTU Wind and Energy Systems is a world-leading wind energy department that puts knowledge to work through cutting-edge research, innovation and development of technology. We have internationally leading research environments, and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. We have a strong focus on the development of wind energy as the backbone of the future energy system and collaborate with the full sector.

You will be part of the international team carrying out research in the E-mobility and prosumer integration section.

The research area of the PhD is Vehicle-Grid Integration and should help ensure that the power system can be proactively prepared for the electric load of urban EV charging while exploring the charging flexibility that EVs may provide through a smart and future proof charging infrastructure.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The scholarship is tied to the FLOW project (funded by Horizon Europe) with 26 partners from 9 countries - which aim to promote harmonization of smart charging through several demonstrations – several of which is in Copenhagen.

As the scholarship is part of a research, development and demonstration project, it is important that the candidate is not only technically proficient, but also able to work in a team and contribute to the project.

Tasks of relevance for the project:

  • Review and describe state-of-the-art for EV charging behaviors in coordination with project partners.
  • Establish novel insights on usage and charging patterns for EV users based though data analysis
  • Participate in preparing and carrying out demonstrations where different smart charging strategies are implemented.
  • Propose technical requirements for charging infrastructure and data
  • Contribute to project dissemination and reports

A detailed project plan will be developed with the supervisors within the first two months after enrolment.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in engineering, natural sciences or similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a Master’s degree.

The successful candidate either has an education in computer science or applied mathematics and is willing to learn about electrical systems or has an education in electrical engineering with a deep inclination towards data science and optimization. 

Candidates must satisfy most of the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of power systems operation and/or electric vehicles
  • Strong skills in optimization and forecasting
  • The ability to work effectively with data and applied statistics
  • Communication protocols and security
  • Experience in presenting results in technical reports and scientific papers

Candidates must have all of the following qualifications:

  • Excellent grades in your master program
  • Dedicated person with desire to learn is an essential quality
  • Strong programming skills (MATLAB and/or Python)
  • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English

The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a PhD program at DTU.

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

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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 workplace will be DTU Wind and Energy Systems, Lyngby Campus in Kgs Lyngby, Denmark.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Peter Bach Andersen (petb@dtu.dk) and Head of Section for E-Mobility and Prosumer Integration, Associate Professor Mattia Marinelli (matm@dtu.dk).

You can read more about DTU Wind and Energy Systems AT www.vindenergi.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than the 15 August 2022 (Danish 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 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • 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.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications 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.

The Department of Wind and Energy Systems is one of the world’s largest centers of wind energy and energy systems research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 400 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind and Energy Systems has approximately 90 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.

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