Marie Curie PhD fellowship in Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance of Distribution Grids (ESR9)

Are you Interested in research in an exciting field on future distribution grids condition monitoring? The Center for Electric Power and Energy at the Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position, to be hired by Danish Energy (DE) while being enrolled in our PhD programme at DTU. If you are looking for the best possible foundation to start or advance your research career in the field of energy systems, this position can provide you the best place to learn state of the art of distribution system operation in Europe, advanced data analytic methods, and develop business cases from data.

The position is ESR9 under the project InnoCyPES (Project ID: 956433), funded by H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Training Networks ( The consortium will recruit 15 Marie Curie Early-Stage Researchers working with relevant topics in the same research field. Working in a group of 15 talented researchers, you will not only gain knowledge beyond the state of the art but also a vibrant network that can be invaluable for your future development. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Reliability models of distribution networks for shorter time scales have never been established in the past due to lack of data. Over the years Danish Energy has collected extensive data from the distribution grid operators in Denmark that records fault events in the distribution grids. Other data sources are also available, such as weather observations, GIS, and digging permits, which may influence the likelihood of component failure.

You will contribute to build a reliability model of the network and explore the correlations between data. The model can be used to predict the probability of component failure, and hence schedule the grid maintenance optimally. You also need to explore the cost and benefit of different options for the grid operators, such as where to add sensors or automated systems to isolate and recover from faults, and develop the model using deep reinforcement and unsupervised machine learning techniques. 

The project is a collaboration between DTU, DE and the University of Salento, and is co-supervised by Prof. Massimo Cafaro  

Applicants shall have proven interest in interdisciplinary research and be able to work independently as well as in a team. Besides, the following requirements are to be met:

  • Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies them for PhD studies at the time of recruitment.
  • an excellent academic record (grades of B or higher)
  • have engineering background relevant to the following areas but not limited to: information science, energy systems engineering, or physics;
  • have good command of English (minimum C1 or equivalent). The candidate will be expected to learn Danish during their studies;

The applicants must fulfill the following conditions,

  • Early-stage researchers: Applicants must be early-stage researchers, which means at the date of start, must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations, international organisations, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an 'entity created under Union law', recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by project partners in InnoCyPES collaborating on the PhD project, led by Senior Researcher Guangya Yang, and Peter Kjær Hansen. 

The evaluation and assessment will be based on the principle of The European Charter & Code for Researchers.

The enrolment of the PhD programme is subject to academic approval. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.  

Danish Energy’s department of Grid Technology is a group of 15 electrical engineers whose research addresses the needs of our members, the Danish electricity distribution system operators. Our members look to us for solutions for leveraging the large quantities of data that are being collected to increase the efficiency of their investments and operations.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be based on the salary conditions of Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN projects. The period of employment is 3 years. The expected start date for the position is 1 November 2021.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Guangya Yang, +45 53 27 36 99,, and Peter Kjær Hansen

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at and about Danish Energy at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 August 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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)
  • A 1-page research statement on the above research topic
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff. 

Danish Energy (Dansk Energi) is a non-commercial lobby organisation for Danish energy companies, primarily electricity companies. Danish Energy’s department of Grid Technology provides engineering services to Danish electricity distribution utilities (DSOs) to ensure consistent, reliable, and efficient service. Our research is done in close collaboration with industry practitioners.

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Deadline: 2021-08-08 at 23:59
Unit: DTU Electrical Eng

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Post expires on Sunday August 8th, 2021