PhD Candidate – Smart Grids and Intelligent Energy_

SnT is a recently formed centre carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners.

SnT is active in several international research projects funded by the EU 7th framework programme and the European Space Agency. A successful candidate will conduct research in one or more of the centre projects and participates in developing the SnT project portfolio. The Centre invites researchers from diverse research areas to contribute to our projects in areas such as Satellite Systems, Vehicular Networks, Network Security, Model-driven Security, Smart Grids and ICT Services & Applications.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) invites applications from PhD candidates in the general area of Smart Grids and Intelligent Energy, especially addressing system reliability, efficiency and integration.


In the emerging smart grid scenarios, distributed ICT offers major opportunities to integrate sustainable energy production, reduce consumption, to optimize grid use and increase reliability and security up to full solar supply. Enabling the entry of new products, producers and services into the market, partner companies in Luxembourg and abroad have already shown their interest, offering the chance to perform research in the context of real case applications.

The successful candidates become part of a strong and motivated research environment. In the team led by Prof-Dr.Ing. J. Sachau, they elaborate a PhD on topics like :

* Reliability and Vulnerability of Electricity Networks
* Multimodel Control Design for Reliable Poleconstellations
* Reliable Distributed Costoptimal Dispatching in Smartgrids
* Stability Verification of Nonlinear Automata Dynamics for Modular Solar Energy Systems
* Reliable State and Parameter Observation for Electrochemical Storage Units


The position holder will be required to perform the following tasks:

* Carrying out research in the predefined areas
* Disseminating results through scientific publications
* Participating in proposal drafting
* Assisting in curriculum development
* Assisting in organization of relevant workshops

Profile of the candidates:

The candidate should possess an MSc degree or equivalent in Electro&Information Technology, Applied Mathematics or other relevant studies, with some know-how in a number of the following topics:

* Networked Power Systems
* Sustainable Energy Technology
* Digital Control Engineering
* Distributed Optimization
* Modeling of Nonlinear Systems
* Systems and Control Theory

Development skills in numeric and symbolic computing and simulation, e.g. MAPLE, MATLAB/Simulink,Labview, C++ are an advantage.
Scientific curiosity and the ambition to put advanced technology to work, matching theory and practice are required.

Language Skills:

Fluent  written and verbal communication skills in English are required. Working knowledge in German, Luxembourgish and other European languages is desirable.


* A three year employment contract that may be extended up to a fourth year.
* Highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer.
* You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created research centre.



Applications should include, in PDF format only:

* Full CV, including name (and email address, etc) of three referees
* Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken
* Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words).
If applicable:
* Description of the undergraduate project (1 page)
* Description of the MSc project (1 page)
* Undergraduate work placement or other relevant work experience (1 page)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Applications, written in English and in PDF format only, should be sent via email to:

SUBJECT: SmartGrids

Deadline for applications: 15th March 2011. All applications will be handled with strict confidence.

For inquiries please consult and contact Prof. Dr.-Ing.Jürgen SACHAU (

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