Postdoctoral Researcher in Decision Support for Grid Operators
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Electrical Engineering

The Electrical energy & computer architectures ELECTA division of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) covers the broad spectrum of electrical energy systems and robust control of industrial systems. The development of the future smart grid is the key activity. As the largest research group on electrical energy systems in the Benelux, ELECTA is recognized as a center-of-excellence on these topics, where fundamental research is combined with immediately and prospectively applicable solutions for the industry. Alongside this development of know-how, it is important is to share gained knowledge with the academic community, students, industry and the society as a whole. ELECTA is also co-founder of the knowledge center EnergyVille together with VITO, imec and UHasselt. The work location is the EnergyVille Campus in Genk / Belgium.


The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at KU Leuven is looking for a post-doctoral researcher within the group decision support tools for grid operators. The group aims to develop new decision-making tools for system operators in the domains power system planning, operation, security and reliability. The developed tools can range from conceptual proof of concept tools to large scale implementation in demonstration projects. The group is active within a number of publicly funded and industrial research projects both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research within the research group. The involvement will be depending on the candidate’s background. As such, candidates having experience in the any of the following aspects are sought for:

  • Developmentof tools to determine the optimal flexibility services for congestion management in medium and low voltage grids,
  • Security constrained optimal power flow applications at transmission level,
  • Visualisation of research outcomes of energy system modeling tools to aid in decision support,
  • Demonstrating the use of developed (academic) models and tools in a real-life demonstration at DSO or TSO.


The ideal candidate has:

  • PhD degree in electrical engineering or computer sciences
  • Knowledge of power system modelling techniques, especially modelling of unbalanced three phase low voltage networks for optimization applications and/or security constrained optimal power flow modelling
  • Knowledge of convex & non – convex, mixed-integer and stochastic optimization
  • Knowledge of modelling languages for optimization, such as Julia (preferred), Python (preferred), Matlab, GAMS
  • Knowledge of open source and commercial optimization solvers
  • Software development skills
  • A strong publication record


We offer an exciting job in one of the leading research institutes in the field. This postdoctoral project allows you to work on a highly timely research topic:

  • in an inspiring research environment, within an international team of enthusiastic colleagues.
  • with state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure (
  • where you can engage in research collaborations and participate at international conferences and be involved in expert groups.
  • with different projects for industry and in public R&D projects, with industry involvement.

We offer a full-funded post-doc position with multiple benefits (health insurance, access to university infrastructure and sports facilities, etc.) .

The main work location is the EnergyVille Campus of KU Leuven, located in Genk (Belgium).

We offer a 1 year post-doc position with possible extension.

Starting date: as soon as corona permits.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dirk Van Hertem, tel.: +32 16 32 34 62, mail: or Mr. Hakan Ergun, tel.: +32 16 32 10 42, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than May 31, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Genk
  • Apply before: May 31, 2020
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