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Postdoc Researchers on Source Location of Power Quality Issues

Postdoc Researchers on Source Location of Power Quality Issues

Position
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department(s)
Department of Electrical Engineering
Graduate Program(s)
Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
16/08/2020
Reference number
V36.4487

Job description

Currently, there are two full-time Postdoc positions available at the Electrical Energy Systems Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the area of power quality for traditional distributed network system and power-electronics-dominated power system. The appointment for each position is for a fixed period of two years.

The positions are funded by the EU project “SnapToPowerQuality” under Horizon 2020-FTI. The project aims at developing a cost-effective source location method for various steady-state and dynamic power quality issues in the production lines, such as harmonic distortions, dynamic resonances, voltage flicker, etc., which are caused by the nonlinear loads and power electronics systems. The power quality issues in some cases cause unit failure and thereby production break-down, production loss, and energy loss. If the root cause of power quality issues can be monitored and tracked online, much loss of resources and money can be avoided. The existing solution are, however, difficult and costly to install, because they must break into the multiconductor electricity cables to monitor the power quality. This project proposes to combine clamp-on power sensors with cloud AI, to measure critical deviations in the power flow from the outside of existing multiconductor cables. Mathematical power quality models will be developed to map the “non-sense” data acquired by the clamp-on sensors into the valuable insight into the root cause of the power quality issues.

We are searching for candidates with a background in modeling, analysis and mitigation of power quality issues for both traditional distributed network system and power-electronics-dominated power system. Successful candidates should have good writing and documentation skills, excellent analytical and research capabilities, and good communication skills and team-work spirit. They are expected to be actively involved in the design, development and experimental validation of the source location system together with the project team, and to conduct academic research in the field of power quality and power electronics.  Research topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Power quality studies – distribution system modelling, analysis of the propagation of low-frequency and switching harmonics
  • Online impedance estimation based on synchronized measurement systems
  • Modeling, analysis and control of power electronics dominated power system
  • Online source location of the resonances caused by the power electronics interactions
  • Real-time short circuit ratio estimation of distributed system with high penetration of renewables

Job requirements

  • PhD in power quality studies or power electronics dynamics, or a comparable domain.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Ability to teach, 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.

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 for2 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 and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for 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.

Information and application

Information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Dr. Dongsheng Yang (d.yang1[at]tue.nl) or Dr. Vladimir Cuk (v.cuk[at]tue.nl)

For information about terms of employment go to https://www.tue.nl/en/working-at-tue/, or contact HR Flux (HRservices.flux[at]tue.nl)

Application

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include:

  • 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.
  • A research statement (max 3 pages).
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’.

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.

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