PhD Position in Smart Grids
Uppsala University Department of Electrical Engineering

PhD Student Position in Smart Grids

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

The PhD student position will be at the division for electricity.

Project description: Today's power systems tend to be more and more complex and the development in the area will be large in the coming years. It faces a number of challenges such as the electrification of several sectors (vehicles, industries, etc.); an ongoing energy transition to renewable energy sources; and an increased shortage of capacity in most cities. A key point will be to ensure the reliability and stability of the power system.

In this project, we will use a real-time simulator to analyse different network topologies and operating scenarios. A real-time simulator makes it possible to connect real control systems to it and also in the long run test real hardware and examine how the system reacts during different operating cases and in the event of different disturbances. A major part of the project will be to build up this testbed and do various analyses.

We offer a varied and exciting work that is planned by the doctoral student and the research group together. The tasks may also include participation in teaching and other department work, however, a maximum of 20% of working hours. During your time as a PhD, you will work together with other PhD students and researchers at the department.

Duties: Perform network simulations with real-time simulator, test hardware and various control and management algorithms in the model. A large part of the work will be to conduct experiments for verifications of analytical models.

The main task for a doctoral student is to devote himself to his doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties. no more than 20%.

Employment benefits: Employment as a doctoral student are four years of full-time studies with the possibility of extension for special reasons. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

As an employee at Uppsala University, you are given a state pension, wellness compensation for your health and a leading research environment, Read more here. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in electrical engineering, engineering physics, and energy systems engineering or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English is a requirement; good oral and written proficiency in Swedish is a merit.
  • We will emphasise your personal qualities such as strong motivation, good collaborations and communication skills with other researchers.

Additional qualifications:

  • Experience in power system analysis.
  • You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.
  • Experience of HIL systems and real-time simulations is an advantage  

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: March 2021.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Cecilia Boström

Please submit your application by 31 December 2020, UFV-PA 2020/4412.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Institutionen för elektroteknik

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4412

Last application date: 2020-12-31

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