PhD Position F/M Modeling and Energy-Optimal Control Policies for Electromobility Networks

January 31, 2023
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2022-05455 - PhD Position F/M Modeling and Energy-Optimal Control Policies for Electromobility Networks

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Fonction : PhD Position

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes research center groups together almost 600 people in 22 research teams and 7 research support departments.

Staff is present on three campuses in Grenoble, in close collaboration with other research and higher education institutions (University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA, INRAE, …), but also with key economic players in the area.

Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes is active in the fields of high-performance computing, verification and embedded systems, modeling of the environment at multiple levels, and data science and artificial intelligence. The center is a top-level scientific institute with an extensive network of international collaborations in Europe and the rest of the world.



As efforts for environmental protection become a major priority, Electric Vehicles (EVs) have started to emerge as one of the main components of sustainable traffic systems in cities worldwide . By 2030, however, EVs will account for 70% of all the vehicles sold, according to the EU roadmap (the Fit for 55 plan), which envisions a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars as early as 2035. Integration of the electrical vehicles (EV) with the city infrastructure (charging stations), and the electrical power supply network (power grid) possess unsolved critical problems that will become critical with the massive adoption of EV by the population.


It is envisioned a collaboration in this topic with Prof. Marta Gonzalez at the department of civil & Environmental Eng. UC-Berkeley, USA, to extend these models using real-time mobility data.


Scientific problem

One of the main potential barriers to fully exploit the e-flexibility potential available (by optimizing the infrastructure, and developing new EV services and business strategies), is the lack of tools and methods for forecasting EV fleets' e-flexibility in both time and space. This means being able to forecast when and where EVs are going to move, how their State of Charge (SoC) is evolving, and how they going to interact with the infrastructure and the power grid. Besides, combining EVs mobility models with grid power models will allow to use the EVs e-flexibility potential to minimize the energy curtailment of renewables and the better use of the existing power transmission network.

Work program. The PhD will include two main topics on modeling and control design.

Main activities

- Electromobility Modeling.

- Control strategies for optimally exploiting the distributed EVS flexibility.

Supervisor : Carlos Canudas-de-Wit (DR-CNRS)

Application type: PhD. Gross salary: 2 135 Euros/M (CNRS PhD official salaries).

Start: any time. Duration : 36 months.

Employer : CNRS. Location : Grenoble, France (GIPSA-Lab and INRIA- RA)

Applications: send motivation letter and CV to carlos.canudas-de-

Request Background. Control Systems, Applied mathematics


Technical skills and level required :

Languages :

Relational skills :

Other valued appreciated :

Benefits package
  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (90 days / year) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage under conditions
  • Remuneration

    1st and 2nd year: 2 051 euros gross salary /month

    3rd year: 2 158 euros gross salary / month

    General Information
  • Theme/Domain : Networks and Telecommunications System & Networks (BAP E)

  • Town/city : Montbonnot

  • Inria Center : CRI Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes
  • Starting date : 2023-01-01
  • Duration of contract : 3 years
  • Deadline to apply : 2023-01-31
  • Contacts
  • Inria Team : DANCE
  • PhD Supervisor : Canudas-de-wit Carlos /
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  • About Inria

    Inria is the French national research institute dedicated to digital science and technology. It employs 2,600 people. Its 200 agile project teams, generally run jointly with academic partners, include more than 3,500 scientists and engineers working to meet the challenges of digital technology, often at the interface with other disciplines. The Institute also employs numerous talents in over forty different professions. 900 research support staff contribute to the preparation and development of scientific and entrepreneurial projects that have a worldwide impact.

    Instruction to apply

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    Processing of applications sent by other channels is not guaranteed.

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