PhD Scholarship in New Optimization Methods for Hydro Powers

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in physics is available at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The funds for this position are available for two years. Applications should be sent before October 04, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

In Sweden and other countries, there is an increasing amount of both wind and solar power and they are expected to grow significant in the future. At the same ICT technology are also increasing in order to, e.g., continuous measure flows on lines, possible continuous change of parameters for primary control, introduction of a more active secondary control etc. In Sweden we are on the way towards a system with more automatic control concerning keeping the balance within each so-called LFC-area, and we are also introducing a quarter-based market. More ICT, i.e. more measurement and control possibilities increases the possibility to continuous operated the power system closer to its technical limits, also with a larger amounts of wind power, without jeopardizing system security. However, the question is how an efficient market system should be designed, as well as how will the power producer adopt to these new rules, and what is suitable/realistic in a system with more control options.

The aim of this project is thus to study how the hydropower should be optimized, viewed from the owners’ point of view, depending on the design of the market. Depending on how the market regulations are set up, owners will optimize in different ways. A regulatory framework consists here of a combination of requirements from system authority and competitive products. The aim is, therefore, also to study what is rational from the point of view of the system, i.e., which regulations make the best use of flexible hydro power, which allows the entire power system to be used as close to its technical limits as possible. The department has several projects in hydropower planning and doctoral students will work in a group together with these.

The scientific challenge of the project is a combination of optimization and stochastic modeling, as wind power, solar power, inflow and electricity prices are stochastic variables.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement.
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
- The project is a part of the research group IRES (Integration of Renewable Energy Systems) at Dept. of Electric Power and Energy Systems. The Dept. has around 100 teachers, researchers and PhD students with an international background. The department has many excellent partners all over the world.

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The successful applicant is expected to hold or to be about to receive an MSc degree in electrical engineering, industrial economics, energy and environment, energy systems, engineering physics or equivalent. A specialization in optimization theory is an asset.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
- ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
- ability to collaborate with others,

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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