Call 3/2014-1 - Marie Curie Action Early Stage Researcher Position – Power Engineering / Telecommunications Engineering

09 September 2014 - Expires: 30 September 2014

One PhD position (of a total of 3 positions offered at CTTC under this training program) under a European Union Marie Curie Initial Training program (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN) ADVANTAGE is available at the Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC).

Research work will be conducted within the Advanced Signal and Information Processing Department. More specifically, the selected candidate will study real time control problems for distributed micro grids and investigate how to perform state estimation and flow control with large sets of state measurements to support control algorithms.

Being this an interdisciplinary project, highly motivated, excellent candidates holding a valid Masters Degree in Telecommunications or Power Engineering are sought. A specialisation in signal processing is very much appreciated.

Candidates should be eligible for immediate admission on the PhD programme at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), which is located at the same campus as CTTC.

In addition, candidates should comply with the Marie Curie mobility requirements:

- Be within four years of the first degree.

- Do not have lived, worked, or studied in Spain for more than 12 months out of the 3 years immediately prior to the start of the work.

The position is of 3 years in duration and has a salary between 33.000 and 37.000 euro (gross salary), depending on the individual familiar status, as specified by the Marie Curie program.

The host institution welcomes diversity amongst its staff and seeks to ensure that all candidates for admission are treated fairly. The selection process for this post will be based solely on the individual merits of candidates and on selection criteria relevant to the project.

Job Description

This PhD position is one of 13 positions offered under the ADVANTAGE ITN project. A network of 13 ESRs will work in a coordinated manner all around Europe for 3 years. This is a unique opportunity to grow your professional career as a researcher.

In order to guarantee the overall stability of an increasingly-distributed smart grid infrastructure, substantial advances in state estimation (SE) and control are needed. The fundamental question is how to exploit enlarged measurement sets, available in future smart grids, in order to conduct real-time SE and control in power networks in an efficient, possibly hierarchical, and distributed manner.

Going one step beyond classical tools such as those based in (weighted) least squares estimation methods or Kalman Filtering, the candidate will explore solutions based on a number of advanced signal processing and information-theoretical techniques such as stochastic programming, compressed sensing, Bayesian estimation, or random sampling. The work will explicitly take into account the various aspects and constraints associated to the underlying wireless (e.g, cellular, short-range) and/or wired (e.g., PLC) communications network infrastructure.

The Early Stage Researcher on this project will benefit from the partnership between academic institutions and industrial partners. They will attend initial school training events and thus be exposed to the research activities of all participants at regular six monthly progress meetings. They will engage in training events, visits to companies and secondments to other project partners.

Title ESR on State Estimation and Communications for Micro Grid-enabled Distribution Networks

Type of Contract  Temporary (3 years)

Status Full time

Hours Per Week 37.5 hours

Country  Spain

State/Province Barcelona

City  Castelldefels

Company/Institute Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Benefits Salary, Mobility Allowance, Contribution to training expenses.

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Application Details

Job Starting Date (dd/mm/yyyy) From 01/11/2014

Application Deadline  (dd/mm/yyyy) 30/09/2014

How To Apply Applicants, submit applications electronically through our website. Include:

- A cover letter detailing the motivation and suitability for the position.

- The applicant’s CV and list of publications.

- Two reference letters;

Personal Data treatment (according to local legislation)  Yes

Required Education Level

Degree  MSc.

Degree Field  Telecommunications or Power Engineering, preferably with specialisation in Signal Processing.

Required Languages

Required Languages 1

Language  English

Prority  High

Reading level  Excellent

Writing level  Excellent

Comprehension level  Excellent

Speaking level  Excellent

Standard level Excellent

Required Certifications

Required Certifications 1

Certification Type  Academic

Certification  Masters degree in Telecommunications or Power Engineering.

Required Research Experiences

Required Research Experiences 1

Main Research Field  Engineering

Research Sub Field Telecommunications or Power Engineering.

Years of Research Experience  No experience is required, but previous publications in journals and international conferences will be highly appreciated.

Required Skills

Required Skills 1

Technical Skills

- Good Mathematical background.

- Use of MATLAB.

- Signal Processing skills.

- Basic knowledge on stochastic programming, convex optimization, control theory or estimation theory is a plus.

Transversal skills

- Self-motivation.

- Pro-activity.

- Autonomy to work in research challenges.

- Willingness to work in team.

- Excellent communication skills.

CTTC is an equal opportunity employer. Aplications from physically challenged candidates will be speciafically taken into account.