PhD Position Machine Learning for Energy System State Estimation

PhD Position Machine Learning for Energy System State Estimation

Published Deadline Location
11 Jul 15 Aug Delft
Challenge: Transforming the conventional carbon-intensive energy use
Change: AI to turn data into knowledge for efficient systems
Impact: Boosting the sustainable, fair and reliable energy transition

Job description

TU Delft is a top tier university and is exceedingly active in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a strong expertise in energy systems. Energy systems are the backbone of our modern society, but are becoming increasingly complex and challenging to operate as renewable energy, heating and transport sectors are integrated into the system. It’s crucially important that energy systems are sustainable, reliable and effective, now and in the future.

As part of your 4-year PhD project, you will develop novel graph-based machine learning algorithms for state estimation of energy systems. The scientific challenge is to design a real-time state estimator for an active distribution system considering future needs. The future system requires tasks to manage flexibility provisions from distribution systems, effective anomaly detection, congestion management, and fraud detection. State estimation is an important task where the operator considers very little noisy measurement data to infer the full system state. However, often, the accuracy is used to infer the full state while the true state is seldom known and can only be reproduced in computer simulations. Therefore, you will explore a novel approach investigating graph neural networks and structural information and learn the state-estimator weakly-supervised enforcing known constraints. Your PhD research will be in the area of applied data-driven scientific computing combining statistics, time-frequency analysis, low-dimensional model reductions, and other techniques to extract information from data. With implicit or explicit methods, you will apply weakly-supervised learning making the information useful for the management and planning of complex energy systems, for example with graph neural networks.

You will be hired as a PhD researcher at TU Delft. Your academic supervisors are Dr. Jochen Cremer and Prof. Peter Palensky. Recognising the transformational power of AI, TU Delft joins forces in the Innovation Center for AI (ICAI) with the distribution system operator Alliander and with other Dutch Universities. As a member of the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids research group at TU Delft, you will be affiliated researcher with the ICAI AI for Energy Grids Lab and with Delft AI Energy Lab where we combine ground-breaking AI methods with the reliable theory of the physical energy system. Practically, you will spend one day a week at Alliander (in Arnhem) where you will be supported by around 10 scientific staff, data scientists and power system experts.

About the department at TU Delft:

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 four areas:

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

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. 

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

  • An MSc degree in either Machine Learning, Robotics, Control Systems, Operations Research or in Power/Energy Systems, Electrical Engineering, etc.
  • Demonstrated competences in one or more of these categories: AI, computer/data science, machine learning, energy system modelling, dynamic systems, power systems or another relevant field.
  • An affinity with teaching and guiding students.
  • A proven record and interest in further developing your modelling, programming, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • An affinity with energy and power systems, with net-zero carbon targets, technical challenges.
  • Proficient in verbal and written English.
  • The ability to work in a team, take initiative, be results oriented and systematic.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Employer

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Department

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 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.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy and the selection procedure, please contact Jochen Cremer, Assistant Professor, email: j.l.cremer@tudelft.nl..  For questions regarding the recruitment process you can contact Brenda Reyes, b.reyesmunoz@tudelft.nl.  

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD05544

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Learn more about this employer

Location

Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft

View on Google Maps

Interesting for you

X

Apply for this job

Apply for this job

This application process is managed by the employer (Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)). Please contact the employer for questions regarding your application.

Thank you for applying

Please contact the employer for questions regarding your application.

Tip: save this job as favorite in your AcademicTransfer account. This gives you an immediate overview and makes it easy to find the job later on. No account yet? Create it now and take advantage of other useful functionalities too!

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before August 15, 2024 via the application button and submit the following in three pdf files: (pdf 1) 1-page Motivation letter and your CV; (pdf 2) a (part of your) M.Sc. thesis or a paper that you have written, in which you demonstrate your writing skills, (pdf 3) your MSc and BSc transcripts of grades and courses taken.

Please highlight in your motivation letter and/or CV examples of projects and achievements that demonstrate your relevant competences.      

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before August 15, 2024 via the application button and submit the following in three pdf files: (pdf 1) 1-page Motivation letter and your CV; (pdf 2) a (part of your) M.Sc. thesis or a paper that you have written, in which you demonstrate your writing skills, (pdf 3) your MSc and BSc transcripts of grades and courses taken.

Please highlight in your motivation letter and/or CV examples of projects and achievements that demonstrate your relevant competences.      

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Make sure to apply no later than 15 Aug 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).