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PhD Studentship: 'Nonlinear control and optimisation in micro-grids'

University of Sheffield - Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 28th June 2019

Fully Funded PhD (UK/EU applicants only) on
‘Nonlinear control and optimisation in micro-grids’
at The University of Sheffield, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering.

A full time PhD Studentship is now available at the University of Sheffield, starting in September 2019. The studentship offers a 3.5-year funded* PhD scholarship open to all UK/EU applicants.

Project description

The project deals with the development of novel nonlinear hierarchical control strategies for a local community-type micro-grid to enable maximum utilisation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as renewables, storage and active loads. The main aim is to analyse the accurate nonlinear dynamic model of a micro-grid consisting of both producers and consumers in a local neighbourhood and design primary and supervisory control techniques to enhance system stability and resilience. Research work will focus on the design of decentralised and distributed control methods to optimise power flow and enable energy trading between the users in order to maximise the financial and environmental benefits of the entire community. The project combines fundamental research in terms of control design, stability analysis and optimisation, and applied research in micro-grids that includes the verification and validation of the developed techniques through hardware-in-the-loop and experimental implementation, using the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities of the University of Sheffield.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective applicants must have a minimum undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or other related disciplines from a reputable institution. Candidates with a background in one or more of the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply: nonlinear systems theory, control and optimisation, power system analysis, knowledge of DSP programming.

EU applicants must submit IELTS results (with an overall score 6.5 or higher, with a minimum of 6 in each component) or TOEFL score of 88+ within their application. More details on entry requirements can be found at: 


To apply, please submit a PhD application using the University’s online application system via the Postgraduate online application form link at the following: 

Within the application, please state Dr George Konstantopoulos and Dr Paul Trodden as your preferred supervisors and state the project title as ‘Nonlinear control and optimisation in micro-grids’.
Should you have any queries about the position, please contact either Dr George Konstantopoulos on or Dr Paul Trodden on
Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 28th June 2019.

Shortlisted Candidates will be required to attend an interview. The interview will consist of i) a short test of knowledge in systems and control theory, ii) discussion with the supervisory team. Interviews will take place in the week commencing on 8th July 2019.

* Funding Notes

This studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years for UK/EU nationals only, covering full tuition fees and offering a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate (£15,009 for 2019/20).

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