Netherlands: PhD in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology

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Job description

This PhD position is funded by the EU-FP7 project GARPUR. The goal of GARPUR is to design, develop, and assess new system reliability criteria and management processes while maximising social welfare, with an eye to progressive implementation over the coming decades at a pan-European level. The new management methodologies encompass multiple business activities — system development, asset management, power system operation — that, in turn, ensure coherent decision-making at their respective time horizons. These methodologies also involve mathematical and computational models to predict the location, duration and consequences of power supply interruptions. Alternatives for improving reliability management of the pan-European power system will be proposed. After validation by the partner TSOs, these alternatives are analysed with the help of a software-based quantification platform.


We are looking for excellent candidates with the following qualifications:
• MSc in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a closely related field;
• good mathematical modelling and programming skills;
• good English speaking and writing skills.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please for more information.
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. M.A.M.M. van der Meijden, phone: 06-513 87 247, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 18 October 2013 to C.J.C. Kohlmann-van Noord,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2013-30.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Research in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy covers the fields of intelligent electrical power grids, electrical power processing and photovoltaic materials and devices.
The position is within the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids section of the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, Faculty of EEMCS. The promoter is Prof. Mart van der Meijden.

Additional information

M.A.M.M. van der Meijden
06-513 87 247
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