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Increasing the share of renewable energy in future electric power grids through improved voltage control

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Increasing the share of renewable energy in future electric power grids through improved voltage control led by Dr Ioana Pisica in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).

You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

The Project

Accessible electrical energy is one of the most important requirements today. One of the major challenges of power systems control is managing high proportions of inverter-based generation. The proposed research will look into characteristics of future electricity networks and consumption trends to develop novel algorithms for voltage control in power networks. Novel methodologies will be developed to mitigate the risks of inverter-based generation and to control voltages in a highly renewable-based energy generation mix.

Please contact Dr Ioana Pisica at ioana.pisica@brunel.ac.uk to find out more.

Eligibility

You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in computer science or an engineering related subject. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Skills and Experience

You should demonstrate knowledge of power systems operation and management plus standards for reactive power control in power systems. Experience with software for power systems simulation and analysis is required. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.

How to apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to cedps-studentships@brunel.ac.uk by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022. Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.

Meet the Supervisor(s)


Ioana Pisica - Dr Ioana Pisica was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Systems within the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS) in March 2014. She joined Brunel from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania in March 2011 as a research fellow within BIPS in order to work on the EPSRC funded project Advanced Dynamic Energy Pricing and Tariffs (ADEPT) - EP/I000119/1. She received her MSc in Information Systems from the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and her PhD from University Politehnica of Bucharest.