ESR Position (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher) in Control of Smart Grids for the MSCA project ...

University of Bologna
September 08 2017
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Full Time
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Job Summary

The Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering at Universita di Bologna, in Bologna, Italy, has an opening ESR position to work in the MSCA-ITN project INCITE (

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a master degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering or other relevant disciplines. The successful candidate will work on integrated simulation and design optimization tools.

You will join INCITE, a MSCA European Training Network funded by the HORIZON 2020 that brings together experts on control and power systems, from academia and industry, with the aim of training 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) capable of providing innovative control solutions for the future electrical networks. INCITE will support an intensive training program allowing you to develop your career in a multi-sectorial environment and to obtain wide knowledge on the control of electrical networks.


Job description

The successful candidate will be working on an Individual Research Project (IRP4.1) at UniBo (Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, DEI) and will have secondments related to their research at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, and Efacec Energia (Efacec Energia, IRP4.1 focuses on integrated simulation and design optimization tools for distributed generation and storage units (including V2G services).She/he can be enrolled in a UniBo PhD program and conduct the research corresponding to the IRP in the DEI of UniBo as part of her/his thesis. The network will support training activities and periodical events, which will allow the ERSs to develop their career in a multi-sectorial environment and to obtain a wide knowledge on the control of electrical networks supervised by Carlo Alberto Nucci ( In case of PhD enrolment, tuition fees will be covered by the fellowship for the duration of the project.

IRP4.1 aims to propose a decentralized control approach specifically conceived for the coordination of power outputs of intermitted energy production units (e.g. photovoltaic units), storage units and consumption. Moreover, the project aims at analyzing the effectiveness of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services that may be provided by parking lots equipped with several charging stations. The approach can be tested by using a detailed simulation environment of the power network that has been interfaced with both a simulator of the communication network and a simulator of the urban traffic with electric vehicles. The project is also expected to analyze the effects of the proposed control approach, together with the dynamic reconfiguration of the power network, on expansion planning results by means of the development of specific optimization models.

The tasks include: development of distributed control algorithms for energy resources, both distributed generations (DGs) and storage units (including V2G services), embedded in a power distribution network; implementation of these algorithms in the simulation environment in order to assess the performances in several operating conditions; and development of optimization models able to show the advantages of the control algorithms, as well as the dynamic reconfiguration of the network, on the expansion planning of the network.


GROSS SALARY: In compliance with the rules of the ITN-MSCA, as foreseen in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme 2014-15 (gross amounts subject to taxation and with full social security and fiscal coverage, as foreseen by the Italian national legislation) between € 3918 and € 4418 per month depending on the family situation. The gross amount of the allowances includes the salary, the mobility allowance and a family allowance if eligible. The position covers tuition fees and other training expenses.

DURATION: Until 30 November 2019


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1. The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in ITALY for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).

2. The candidate must be within 4 years of the diploma granting them access to doctorate studies at the time of recruitment and have not yet been awarded the doctorate degree.

3. The candidate may be of any nationality.

4. The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.

5. In case of PhD enrolment, the candidate must fulfil the conditions to be admitted in the PhD program at University of Bologna.



To be eligible for the PhD program at the University of Bologna, the candidate -in case he/she would apply to the PhD program- must hold before the PhD program start date (November 1st, 2017) an academic Master's degree comparable to the Italian degrees recognized as suitable for the admission to doctoral programs in Italy (i.e., laurea specialistica or magistrale - 3+2 years or combined degree Bachelor + Master).



Selections are based on a first evaluation of qualifications. After the first selection stage, the top five candidates will be invited to a remote interview via video conference. Equal consideration will be given to female and male applicants.



All applications must be submitted by means of on-line application on the official website of INCITE ( using the templates available there, uploading:

1. The application form (INCITE template).

2. A detailed CV, including list of publications, a Master thesis summary and the names of two references (name, title, affiliation, e-mail and telephone number) who are willing to provide detailed recommendation letters about the candidate (INCITE template).

3. A motivation letter (INCITE template)

4. Copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates, in English.

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Starting Date: 01/11/2017

Application Deadline: 01/10/2017

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