PhD scholarships in Advanced Applications of Synchronous Condensers DTU Electricity Denmark

PhD scholarships in Advanced Applications of Synchronous Condensers

DTU Electricity

Deadline 31 August 2017

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The Centre for Electric Power and Energy at the Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for two PhD positions in advanced applications of synchronous condensers for future renewable energy systems. The PhD projects are part of a large-scale R&D project Phoenix, funded by the NIC (Network Innovation Competition) program under the administration of Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK.

Responsibilities and tasks 

Electricity Power Grids worldwide are incorporating ever higher levels of renewable energy. The phasing out of conventional synchronous plant, coupled with the massive increase in use of connections through power converters, has brought about severe operational challenges around system inertia, system strength (short circuit level) and other issues. A viable solution is the use of synchronous condensers, which replace the essential characteristics of a rotating machine without a prime mover and when coupled with static devices can provide a wide range of critical dynamic support to low inertia networks. The project builds on ongoing research in Denmark into the operation and control of synchronous condensers.

The two PhD projects are expected to develop advanced control and operation strategies of advanced synchronous condenser systems, as well as establishing real time simulation environment for fast prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing of advanced synchronous condenser systems.

The PhD projects will be in collaboration with SP Transmission PLC (Scotland), National Grid (UK), ABB, and the University of Strathclyde.


Candidates should hold a MSc in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment

PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general PhD programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Guangya Yang and Associate Professor Arne Hejde Nielsen.

We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in Northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.   

Salary and appointment terms

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Guangya Yang, tel.: +45 4525 5619. 

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 August 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc, but cannot begin before having received it.   

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is the central department at the Technical University of Denmark in electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technology. It is our goal to ensure an engineering training and research, which matches that of other leading universities around the world. The department is organized into sections each covering important areas of electrical, biomedical engineering and acoustic technologies. Including PhD students we have a total of 275 staff members. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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