Postdoc Cyber secure and resilient control systems for interconnected HVAC-HVDC systems.

Postdoc Cyber secure and resilient control systems for interconnected HVAC-HVDC systems.

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Increase cyber security and resilience of control systems for interconnected HVAC-HVDC systems.

Job description

The objective of HVDC-WISE project, funded under Horizon Europe, is to propose, analyse, design, and validate HVDC-based grid architecture concepts that enable the deployment of reliable and resilient widespread AC/DC transmission grids to achieve the European energy transition.

Within the HVDC-WISE project, Delft University of Technology is recruiting a talented, enthusiastic, and ambitious Postdoc to conduct excellent research and achieve breakthroughs in the field of cyber secure and resilient control systems for interconnected HVAC-HVDC systems.

Control and protection solutions need communication layers at different extents. As a key aspect, for the proposed solutions, the physical model of a given architecture will be expanded for investigation of the resiliency against cyber attacks. Multi-parameter sensitivity analysis (e.g., different protocols, sampling rates, cyber attacks – e.g., false data injection and advanced persistent threats) will be carried out to assess their vulnerability and to propose design criteria for a cyber resilient communication infrastructure for HVDC systems. The vulnerabilities of the control and protection schemes to cyber-events will be identified and assessed. Based on the cyber security assessment, recommendations will be provided to minimise the impact of cyber attacks.

TU Delft provides a Real-Time Digital Simulator (consisting of large number of parallel processors located in the Electrical Sustainable Power Lab at TU Delft), HiL testing set-up (involving a NovaCor chassis of the RTDS, a real-time target, and mock-up power electronic device used as a grid side converter), the Control Room of the Future (a multi-domain experimental setup used as a hub for the development and demonstration of cyber secure, future-proof control and protection technologies), and an offline simulation environment. This state-of-the-art lab will be used to conduct research and demonstration of prototype solutions to both academic and industry partners.

You will be jointly supervised by Dr. Alex Stefanov (Assistant Professor, daily supervisor) and Prof. Peter Palensky (head of IEPG group). You will join the Cyber Resilient Power Grids (CRPG) team led by Dr. Alex Stefanov, which conducts research on cyber security and resilience of power grids.

You will dedicate about 60% of the time to research activities within HVDC-WISE project.

You will dedicate about 40% of the time to (i) act as CRPG team lead, and manage, coordinate and organize CRPG team activities and (ii) help with supervision of PhD students.

We offer a 22-month Postdoc appointment, with an anticipated start date in October / November 2022. You will be a member of the section Intelligent Electrical Power Grids that is part of the Electrical Sustainable Energy (ESE) Department within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science. This project offers excellent opportunities to work in a dynamic team, and excellent networking opportunities with experts from academia, utilities, and vendors.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)



  • Demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary and intersectoral research, and specifically the interface between power systems, information and communication technologies, and cyber security.
  • Completed a PhD degree in a highly quantitative and analytical related discipline (electrical engineering with an emphasis on power systems, automatic control, applied mathematics, and/or computer science).
  • Excellent academic and publication track record.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong knowledge of power electronics, control and protection for HVDC, and cyber security.
  • Very good command of English. The minimum requirement of a TOEFL score of 100 or 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 industry partners to link real-world challenges to fundamental research questions.
  • Very good, demonstrable experience with computer modelling and simulation such as DIgSILENT PowerFactory, communication network simulators/emulators, and/or real-time hardware-in-the-loop testing using RSCAD/RTDS and/or OPAL-RT.
  • You enjoy programming and hold your code to a high standard.


  • Solid knowledge of power system stability, and power electronics control for HVDC and microgrids.
  • Knowledge of computer networking and cyber security.
  • Experience with Python and machine learning libraries.
  • Experience with collaborative software development (e.g. open source).

Conditions of employment

A salary based on scale 10 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of € 2.960,- and a maximum of € 4.670,- gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

About the department

The research in ESE Department 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)

ESE Department owns the ESP laboratory and a large RTDS cluster that is actively used for real-time simulation of future electrical power systems, AC and DC protection, and wide-area monitoring, protection and control.

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.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02449


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