Postdoc in Electricity Market Optimization with Nonconvexities

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Nov 2023

16 Nov 2023
Job Information

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Research Field

Mathematics » Applied mathematics
Engineering » Electrical engineering
Economics » Other
Mathematics » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

24 Nov 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
Job description

European states (and Sweden) are working toward a sustainable intermittent renewable
future. This green vision has brought about several important challenges. One of the
major challenges is the increasing complexity in the Single Day-ahead Coupling (SDAC)
model. First, the Market Time Unit (MTU) is planned to be reduced from 1 hour to 15
minutes. This roughly means an optimization model four times larger than what we have
now. Second, the type and number of nonconvex orders are expected to increase by
growing share of intermittent renewable generation. This in turn creates increasing
complexity in calculating uniform prices. Third, Joint optimization of energy and
balancing reserves in the day-ahead market which requires innovate algorithms to solve
the SDAC model.
In this project we propose to study these three issues and to develop policies to address
these concerns, with the ultimate aim of improving the performance of the SDAC model. The postdoc researcher is a part of a team working on different electricity market issues and will be involved in teaching and supervision of the PhD students. 

What we offer
  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research expertise in electricity market areas
  • Strong computer programming skills for example using Julia/Python, MATLAB, or GAMS programming languages.
  • Excellent English-language skills proved by international English exams such as IELTS or TOEFL. 
  • Ability to work in an international team and supervising the junior PhD students. 
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

Preferred Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Energy Economics, Operations Research or Applied Mathematics. Proven excellent knowledge of non-convex optimization theory, discrete optimization theory, stochastic processes, mathematical decomposition techniques, and electricity-market principles. Students with MSc degrees from other disciplines (for example physics or mathematics) who are interested in and capable of performing theoretical research in electricity-market areas are recommended to apply.
  • Knowledge of EU electricity market designs and involvement in electricity-market related projects.
  • Relevant papers in the areas of applied mathematics, operations research, or electricity markets.
  • Proven ability to work in an international team of researchers and collaborate with other team members. 

Please note that we reserve the right to ask for supplementary materials if needed during the assessment process.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage .

To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Nominating at least two reference persons who can comment on the applicant scientific performance. The recommendation letters can be also sent along with other application documents. 

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a security check.

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

About KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. Read more here

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: J-2023-2981

  • Mohammad Reza Hesamzadeh, Associate Professor, [email protected]
  • Eleni Nylén, HR administrator, [email protected]
  • Published: 2023-11-15
    Last application date: 2023-11-24

    Research Field
    Years of Research Experience
    4 - 10

    Research Field
    Years of Research Experience
    4 - 10

    Research Field
    Years of Research Experience
    4 - 10

    Research Field
    Years of Research Experience
    4 - 10

    Additional Information
    Website for additional job details

    Work Location(s)
    Number of offers available
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    Postal Code
    Brinellvägen 8

    Where to apply


    Postal Code



    Similar Positions