PhD scholarship in Market Mechanisms for Integrated Energy System Managementn at DTU Electrical Eng. The Center for Electric Power and Energy at the Department of Electrical Engineering seeks a PhD student for a 3-year scholarship in the field of market mechanisms for integrated energy system management. The position is funded by the project EnergyLab Nordhavn that aims at utilizing the Danish metropolitan area Nordhavn as a live laboratory for future smart-energy technologies, innovative business models and new operational solutions on all scales – components, buildings, grid infrastructures and system level – and provide basis for design and dimensioning of the energy infrastructure of future sustainable dense low-energy cities.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will participate in a project team of DTU researchers, energy component manufacturers and utility engineers. Future energy systems in a smart city context will consider electricity, heat and gas in a more integrated manner. In parallel, the operation of energy systems is to be considered in a market environment in order to optimize social welfare while generating appropriate signals for further investment.

In that context, the PhD candidate will focus on new market structures and mechanisms facilitating the optimal operation of integrated energy systems, while accounting for the operational constraints from its various components, and to limitations related to the city setup. Emphasis will also be on market coupling, dynamic pricing and new market mechanisms with high uncertainty on both supply and demand sides. Here we will give more attention to the coupling of electricity and heat, since this corresponds to the set-up for Nordhavn.

The applicants should fulfil the following requirements:



Candidates should hold an MSc in Electrical Engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSC in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Pierre Pinson.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in Northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus or DTU Risø campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Pierre Pinson,

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

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Please submit your online application no later than 30 July 2015. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc, but cannot begin before having received it.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Apply for the job at DTU Electrical Eng by completing the following form.


Apply online