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PhD-Robust Multi-Agent Control of Smart Energy Systems, Netherlands


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The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Center's research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, robotics and transportation systems. The group actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).

Job description

In this project we will develop novel robust control methods for large-scale systems. As application, we will focus on balancing demand, supply, and in particular storage and conversion in smart, mixed electricity/gas networks. The central idea in such smart multi-carrier energy systems is to install small- to medium-sized local energy storage systems (based on batteries, capacitor banks, or flywheels) and conversion units (based on natural gas and/or hydrogen) at the street, district, and city level. In order to deal with the large-scale nature of such systems, we will adopt a multi-level and distributed control approach, where local control agents act and interact at each control level to jointly achieve the best possible performance.
In particular, the aim is to develop robust, multi-level and distributed control methods that guarantee convergence of the local control agents to a set of consistent control actions in the presence of various kinds of disturbances. In addition, we will develop algorithms that provide a balanced trade-off between computational efficiency and optimality. This will then result in fast, efficient, robust control methods for balancing demand, supply, storage and conversion in smart multi-carrier energy systems, which will enhance the flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability of smart grids.


We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related field, and with a strong background or interest in control and/or optimisation. The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is required.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation and benefits package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. B. De Schutter, e-mail: To apply, please provide a letter of application along with a detailed curriculum vitae, a motivation letter stating why the proposed research topic interests you, a list of publications (if applicable), the abstract and/or summary of your MSc thesis, your BSc and MSc course programme and the corresponding marks, names and addresses of two to three reference persons, and all other information that might be relevant to your application. Please e-mail your application materials by 31 October 2015 to Bianca van Someren,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME15-31.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 October 2015

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