Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Operation and Control of Smart Grids

University of Leeds - School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Deadline: Open until filled.

Supervisors: Contact Dr Petros Aristidou or Dr Johannes Schiffer to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The Institute of Communication and Power Networks at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering invites applications for a PhD position in “Control and operation of HVDC technologies in weak or isolated AC systems”.

HVDC technologies are being deployed, or considered, in many areas in the world to support the system operation and stability, while alleviating congestion problems and providing solutions for offshore developments in the multi-area interconnection of renewable energy integration. Due to their high capacity and controllability, HVDC technologies can strongly affect the AC system’s behaviour requiring new solutions to ensure a reliable and secure operation. Thus, there is a strong need to analyse the interaction of these technologies and to design suitable control and operation strategies to support weak or isolated AC systems. The successful candidate will seek to investigate the rich interplay of dynamics, control, optimisation, communication, and uncertainty in such combined AC and DC systems.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a first-class honours degree or equivalent, and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree such as (but not limited to) electrical engineering, control engineering, applied mathematics. We would expect a strong background in systems and control theory, optimisation, and mathematics (relevant coursework or work experience), as well as good programming skills in scientific programming languages (MATLAB, Python, Fortran, C/C++).

If English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section of your application, the name of the PhD you wish to apply for as well as the name of your proposed supervisor. In the funding section, please state ‘Electronic and Electrical Engineering Scholarship’ as your sponsor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office (e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000).

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