PhD student position in power systems

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2020

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is looking for a doctoral student in electrical engineering with focus on power systems.

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 5G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 130 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

Project description: The PhD student will work with reduced vulnerability and risk reduction in electricity networks. The project is part of the Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) , a national research centre that aims to prevent and improve society's preparedness for risks by increasing knowledge of the dynamics and consequences of natural disasters. Cooperation and communication within the CNDS network provides an interdisciplinary platform for exchanging expertise in natural disasters and risk reduction.

The doctoral project focuses on two areas:

  • The ability of the electricity grid to handle a high proportion of electricity produced from intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind power, and new intermittent load patterns, such as charging of electric vehicles.
  • Emergency preparedness on the electricity grid to handle rare situations with a high impact.

The project aims to study the vulnerability of the electricity grid and the results will be used to provide guidelines for risk reduction of both controllable and renewable energy installations.

The research group at Uppsala University has extensive experience of research in electrical engineering and has a large laboratory activity. We offer a varied and exciting work, planned by the doctoral student and the research group together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors.

Duties: The main task for a doctoral student is to devote themselves to their doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties. no more than 20%.

Employment benefits: As an employee at Uppsala University, you are given wellness compensation for your health and a leading research environment, Read more here. The Department of Electrical Engineering also gives a salary supplement in addition to the local guidelines for doctoral students at Uppsala University.

Employment as a doctoral student are four years of full-time studies with the possibility of extension for special reasons. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines .


  • The applicant must hold a master degree in in electrical engineering, engineering physics, and energy systems engineering or similar.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English is required.
  • We will emphasise your personal qualities such as strong motivation, good collaborations and communication skills with other researchers. You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Additional qualifications:

  • Good oral and written proficiencies in Swedish is a merit.
  • Experience in numerical modelling and programing as well as experimental work is a merit.
  • Experience from industry is a merit.
  • A Master's degree in engineering is a merit.

Application: Please use the link below. You should include a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. You are encouraged to provide contact information to reference persons.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: As otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Karin Thomas, Mikael Bergkvist,

Please submit your application by 30th November 2020, UFV-PA 2020/3944.

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