Postdoc Interoperability of Control and Protection in the High Voltage Direct Current Power System

Postdoc Interoperability of Control and Protection in the High Voltage Direct Current Power System

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The project offers an excellent opportunity to work on novel aspects of hardware in the loop control and protection concepts in the multi-terminal HVDC power system.

Job description

In the framework of the ongoing planned research conducted with TSOs and vendors, two postdoc positions are available. The project deals with the investigation of the interaction between the control and protection in multi-terminal HVDC (MTDC) power systems during different system scenarios (e.g. AC/DC faults). The project will include extensive testing using online real-time simulation RSCAD/RTDS and offline PSCAD simulation. Close cooperation with the industry will be maintained.  

We offer four-year postdoctoral appointments (starting with a one-year contract), with an anticipated date in late 2022 and/or beginning 2023. You will be a member of the section Intelligent Electrical Power Grids that makes part of the Electrical Sustainable Department (ESE) within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science. This project offers excellent opportunities to work in a dynamic team consisting of experts from academia, utilities, and manufacturers. By conducting off-line simulations and validating them with hardware in the loop testing, our intention in this project is to investigate how the future multi-terminal HVDC grid will behave, so that we can enhance the reliability of future systems which yet are supposed to be built.

About the department

The research in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy is inspired by the technical, scientific, and societal challenges originating from the transition towards a more sustainable society and focuses on three areas:

  • DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage (DCE&S)
  • Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD)
  • Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG)

The Electrical Sustainable Energy Department provides expertise in each of these areas throughout the entire energy system chain. The department owns a large ESP laboratory assembling High Voltage testing, DC Grids testing environment, and a large RTDS that is actively used for real-time simulation of future electrical power systems, AC and DC protection, and wide-area monitoring and protection.

The Intelligent Electrical Power Grid (IEPG) group, headed by Professor Peter Palensky, works on the future of our power system. The goal is to generate, transmit and use electrical energy in a highly reliable, efficient, stable, clean, affordable, and safe way. IEPG integrates new power technologies and smart controls, which interact with other systems and allow for more distributed and variable generation. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)



  • Solid knowledge of Power Electronics, control and protection for HVDC, and Electrical power systems.
  • Very good experience and solid background in real-time hardware-in-the-loop testing using RSCAD/RTDS.
  • Very good experience in the PSCAD simulation.
  • Completed a Ph.D. degree in a highly technical related discipline, and you were at the top of your class.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and if possible, several years of experience in this discipline. You can understand literature in both disciplines.
  • The minimum requirement of a TOEFL score of 100 IELTS of 7.0 per sub-skill (writing, reading, listening, speaking) applies to all candidates wanting to pursue a Postdoc at TU Delft.
  • You enjoy performing research. You are independent, self-motivated, and eager to learn.
  • You are keen to work with partners to link real-world challenges to fundamental research questions.  

Conditions of employment

This position is a 4 years assignment, starting with a 1-year contract.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • €2846—€4490 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02349


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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