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PhD Scholarship in Power Electronics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in computer science. The funds for this position are available for two years. Applicants should apply before December 20, 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.

The position will be located in the power electronics research group within the school of electrical engineering and computer science at KTH. The group carries out research in several fields, notably high power electronics for power transmission grids and applications of wide-bandgap power semiconductors.

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission is a key enabler for the transition of the world's energy systems towards renewable energy sources. The development of HVDC over the last decades, involving modular multilevel converters, has extended the field of application radically, and for instance enabled the grid connection of offshore wind farms on a large scale. HVDC converters normally use very complex and distributed control systems with high requirements on reliability and latency. To continue and accelerate the deployment of HVDC it will be needed to connect the transmission links into a grid, often referred to as a supergrid. This will require interoperability between the control systems of the converter stations, often coming from different vendors, to allow for efficient and reliable operation and avoid instabilities. To achieve interoperability an approach will be studied where parts of the control system use open source software. This will allow for tapping the many benefits such software, which to date has not been made in most power system applications. These include having a much wider base of developers, which results in more reliable and robust systems. Also, having open access to the software code will allow the different parties involved (e.g. manufacturers, grid operators, consultants and researchers) to efficiently collaborate to solve problems of interoperability.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

We are looking for a person with good knowledge in power electronics and/or automatic control. Good networking skills are also very desirable here, since the student will interact with people from industry and utilities as well as other researchers.

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).


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