PhD Student in Electric Power Engineering within digital urban development, voltage quality and smart electricity use

Lulea University
September 27, 2022
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Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Electric Power Engineering in Skellefteå, Sweden, is a very successful group at Luleå University of Technology led by Professor Math Bollen and Professor Sarah Rönnberg. The current research areas for the group are: power quality in low, medium and high-voltage networks; integration of renewable power generation, smart grids and electricity markets, and integration of electro mobility. The group has a good national and international reputation for its leading research.

The group currently consists of a chaired professor, two more professors, four other senior researchers, one research engineer and 16 doctoral students. More information about the research group: Electrical power engineering at Luleå University of Technology

Subject description Electric power engineering covers the study of the system for production, transport and consumption of electrical energy. This includes the interaction between the power grid electricity production and electricity consumption.

Project description We are looking for a PhD student for a project regarding digital urban planning with a focus on voltage quality, reliability and smart electricity use. The project is financed by Vinnova and carried out in collaboration with ABB, Skellefteå Kraft and Skellefteå Municipality.

The project aims to study and plan the electric power system and energy use in a smaller geographical area through the creation of a digital twin. The main objective of the project is to use a combination of solutions with the aim of minimizing the use of electrical energy and minimizing peak power with a maintained power quality (reliability and voltage quality). Transferring theoretical knowledge to practical applications in real electricity grids is an important part of the project. This will be done largely by applying theoretical models to the electricity network in the campus area in Skellefteå.

Duties As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at national and international conferences and in scientific journals. Most of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. In addition, you can have the opportunity to try the teacher role. As a researcher, you work as a neutral party in many contexts, which provides a great opportunity to be involved in challenging development projects.

Qualifications You are qualified to apply for this position if you have an MSc or equivalent technical degree with specialization appropriate for research in electrical power engineering such as electrical engineering, electronics, energy, engineering physics or similar areas. Alternatively, an individual fulfills the general eligibility requirements for the third-cycle educational program when he or she 1) has completed a second-cycle degree, 2) has completed higher education courses worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 are for second-cycle courses, or 3) in some other manner, in this country or abroad, has acquired the equivalent qualifications courses in electrical engineering. Advanced knowledge of written and spoken English is required. Previous experience in research, development or research-oriented education in a subject relevant to the tasks is considered a merit. In addition, ability to contribute to the education done by the group (in Swedish) is regarded meriting.

For further information on specific doctoral education, see;General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Information Employment as a PhD student is limited to 4 years. Departmental duties may be added of up to 20 % of full-time (usually in the form of teaching and administrative work) will be included in the duties in addition to the graduate program. Place of employment: Skellefteå

For further information, please contact: Professor Sarah Rönnberg, +46 (0)910 585721, sarah.ronnberg@ltu.se

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 kjell.johansson@ltu.se, OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 lars.frisk@ltu.se

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University's core values are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Application We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference number: 2937-2022 Deadline for applications: September 27, 2022

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