Postdoc in distributed energy storage optimization for congestion management

Postdoc in distributed energy storage optimization for congestion management

Published Deadline Location
19 Apr tomorrow Eindhoven

Job description

To achieve the objectives of the Climate Agreement there is a need to rapidly increase the amount of energy that comes from solar and wind farms. In the Netherlands, there is significant interest in relevant investments. However, the lack of grid capacity in the medium voltage grid hinders the realization of new projects. Given the significant lead times and cost of medium voltage grid reinforcement, mobilizing flexibility that is available at the edges of the power system to increase the hosting capacity of the existing network by preventing or minimizing congestion is imperative. To address this challenge, you will work with a consortium of industry and academic partners as well as an energy cooperative who are aiming to develop and validate scalable optimization and control techniques to exploit distributed energy storage assets located at the low voltage grid (residential and agricultural end-users) in order to resolve congestion issues at the medium voltage grid level and enable the seamless connection of large-scale solar and wind farms.

Your tasks will include:
  • Developing multi-layered distributed optimization and control algorithms for energy storage devices.
  • Designing and pricing new congestion management instruments that are compatible with current legislation.
  • Validating the proposed algorithms via a pilot that takes place in a congested area where several large-scale renewable generation projects are in the pipeline and involves a significant amount of distributed storage.
  • Assessing the potential impact of the proposed techniques on the system under future scenarios.

You will primarily contribute to Intelligent Energy Systems research activities of the Electrical Energy Systems group. Besides research you will also have the opportunity to contribute to education within the department.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Science or a related discipline with a focus on power systems and optimization/machine learning techniques.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Experience in Python programming is highly desirable.
  • Ability to teach and supervise students, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.

You must possess a comprehensive knowledge of power systems and/or electricity markets. You must have a proven ability to develop and apply quantitative decision-making methods (e.g., mathematical programming or data-driven approaches), as evidenced by a relevant PhD thesis or publications. Furthermore, familiarity with topics such as congestion management, flexibility provision, energy management, energy communities, mathematical decomposition methods, distributed optimization techniques is highly desirable.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for 1.5 years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization,  professional development courses for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3,557 and € 4,670 (on a fulltime basis), depending on experience and knowledge.
  • Benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact dr. Nikolaos Paterakis, Assistant Professor, email n.paterakis[at]

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The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • List of five self-selected 'best publications'.

Please note that you can upload 1 document of 10 Mb so if you have more than 1 document you will have to combine them.

Selected candidates may be invited first for an online interview and then for onsite visits to TU/e. The position is available immediately and the selected candidate is expected to start no later than September 2023.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.  

Applications by e-mail are not accepted!


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V36.6576


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 31 May 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).