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Open position: Doctoral Researcher in Electrical Energy Engineering

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

DSII position with Patria

Apply by January 23th 2024

Doctoral Researcher in Nanophotonics

The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University (TAU) offers a unique opportunity to combine dissertation research, addressing business challenges, building professional networks, and engaging in innovation.

The partner company for this position is Tampereen Energia Sähköverkko Oy.

TAES is a distribution system operator in Tampere area. TAES has 4 100 kilometers of electricity grids and over 172 000 measuring points. TAES operate, build, and m

aintain the electricity grid in co-operation with its partner companies.

As a distribution system operator, TAES is responsible of safe and reliable electricity distribution in its area of responsibility. Thus, it is vital for TAES to gain reliable information about the effects of the ongoing energy transition on the operation of distribution grids.

The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in the field of electrical energy engineering and smart grids.

The objective of the research is to find out what kind of requirements the ongoing energy transition imposes on distribution grids and how the grids should be planned and controlled to render large-scale grid integration of distributed energy resources (DER).

The research aims to develop novel methods and guidelines for enabling large-scale integration of DERs in distribution grids in a technologically and economically feasible way while securing safe and reliable operation of the grids. The research aims to investigate potential of various ways to avoid grids investments by control and regulation including different consumption and production flexibility services.

The position of a Doctoral Researcher offers you an opportunity to concentrate on your doctoral studies while receiving high-quality supervision and encouragement to develop your ideas within an innovative and multidisciplinary research environment with industry.

The doctoral research focuses on the effects of large-scale penetration of DERs on distribution grids. Operation of distribution feeders and grids will be simulated utilizing measurement data from TAES distribution grid. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.

The tasks of all Doctoral Researchers will also include teaching duties that amount to approximately 5% of their annual working hours unless there are justified reasons to the contrary.

At the university, the work will be supervised by Asst. Prof. Kari Lappalainen. You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives. By participating in DSII events, excursions, meetings, and training sessions with your fellow doctoral students, you will both get and provide peer support.

Engaging in DSII events, excursions, meetings, and training sessions with fellow doctoral students will provide mutual peer support.

Remote work opportunities are agreed upon separately when needed. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry. Requirements

You need to have an applicable master’s degree (or graduate at the latest in November 2023) in electrical engineering, or a related discipline in science or engineering. You need to have, or at least to have capability to adopt, needed knowledge on renewable energy and distribution grids in Finland. You also need to have an enquiring mind, enjoy problem-solving and be able to think independently while also being able to work in a team.

You should be ready to work as part of the research group at Tampere University and in close co-operation with the team of TAES. The latter means also capability to use Finnish as a working language. A good command of English is required.

Candidates are selected based on the level of promise that they show, and this will be evaluated based on their success in previous studies (especially in M.Sc. thesis), and other merits. Selected candidate must have the motivation and ability to complete doctoral studies.

We look as advantages basics of Trimble NIS or similar network management system and Matlab Simulink as well as experience in a distribution system company. Please, be prepared to provide proof of your merits when requested.

Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements.As a DSII researcher, you should be interested in innovation and collaboration with industry to solve meaningful real-life problems. You need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required. How to apply & more info The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in the beginning of the year 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the Tampere University. For further information, please contact:

Assistant Professor Kari Lappalainen,

Team Leader of Grid Planning Kaisa Grip-Lappalainen,

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