The department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven, invites scholars to apply for a full‐time research professorship in the research group ELECTA. This position is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOFZAP), established by the Flemish Government. We are looking for motivated and internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence in the field of smart power systems. The appointment is expected to start on October 1, 2021. Applications will be evaluated in parallel and independently by 1) the KU Leuven Research Council in a competitive process across academic domains and 2) the faculty advisory committee. During the first 10 years, the teaching obligations as a research professor will be limited. Afterwards, the position will be transformed into a regular professorship. The electric power sector goes digital: monitoring systems, communication networks and data storage are integrated in the transmission and distribution grid, and data streams compete with power streams for importance. Concurrently, decisions are being taken closer towards constraints, which requires an ever more important uncertainty characterisation. To meet the energy transition challenges, hence, requires power system operation to become ever more data-driven. The simulation of multiple what-if -scenarios in real time provides numerous opportunities for decision support for grid operation, making it more efficient, also if invertor-coupled renewable sources and controllable loads are connected to the grid, and when SCADA/EMS-systems run in parallel to local control applications. This also requires the ability to validate the behaviour of grid protection devices, smart energy sources or other devices in an emulation environment (coupled to a real-time simulator), before integrating them in the grid. This (power-)hardware-in-the-loop approach is a complementary challenge. It is expected that the selected candidate will take initiatives to guide and steer such research. ELECTA’s research focuses on the broad spectrum of electrical energy systems. The design and development of a future-proof smart grid is key. ELECTA is co-founder of the knowledge centre EnergyVille on sustainable energy systems, and of the KU Leuven ‘Energy Institute’. ELECTA received the 'excellence' mark following the most recent research visitation. ELECTA owns a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for decision support and power-hardware-in-the-loop, it has an elaborate national and international network in academia as well as in industry, a stable inflow of talented PhD students and a supportive working environment.
It is part of the assignment of the appointed candidate to develop, within the domain of smart grids an international, competitive research programme, to pursue excellent scientific results at an international level and to support and promote national and international research partnerships. The candidate must meet a strong research profile or have the potential to do so. In addition, the candidate is expected to have a multidisciplinary attitude and a willingness to cooperate intensively with other researchers and research units at KU Leuven and within EnergyVille.
Although the position regards a research professorship at the start of employment, the candidate is expected to gradually contribute to state of the art teaching.
The candidate also contributes to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university. He/she develops teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and research‐based education and makes use of the possibilities for the educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
The assignment of the candidate to be appointed also includes a teaching assignment in the Master of Engineering: Energy, Master of Electrical Engineering and other related programs in the faculty of Engineering Science.
Scientific, societal and internal services (administrative and/or institutional) are also part of the assignment.
More information on the content of the job can be obtained from the academic contact person: Prof.dr.ir. Geert Deconinck, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the guidelines, regulations and application file is available from Ms. Kristin Vermeylen (email@example.com, tel. +32 16 32 09 07) or Ms. Christelle Maeyaert (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +32 16 31 41 94).
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|Title||Research Professor in Decision Support for Grid Operation and Power-hardware-in-the-loop (BOFZAP)|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||April 27, 2020|
|Application deadline||September 18, 2020|
|Job types||Professor,   Assistant / Associate Professor,   Tenure Track  |
|Fields||Energy Technology,   Electrical Engineering,   Systems Engineering,   Electronics  |