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1 PhD-position in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics

Field of Research: Optimization problems with applications to power grids

We expect funding of a PhD-position for three years, starting in January 2019, for a project that is part of a larger joint research activity on nonlinear dynamics of power grids. Several other universities/ research institutions will be involved.

As research topic, the student should analyze optimization problems such as trade-offs of network operators between costs and risks. He/she should study the impact of trade on the energy market on the physical grid stability. Beyond economic aspects, other sources of uncertainty in the prediction of power flows will be of interest such as heterogeneous consumption, production and inertia. Based on methods from statistical physics he/she should develop or apply algorithms like message passing to the solution of these optimization tasks, and use master equations or agent based modeling where adequate.

Requirements: Candidates should have a master or diploma degree, primarily background in theoretical physics and/or applied mathematics or control engineering, very good programming skills in C, FORTRAN or PYTHON, strong interest in analytical calculations.

How to apply: Interested applicants should submit their application via Email to, including their CV (together with latest certificates), a summary of previous research, a motivation letter explaining their interest in the topic of the thesis, and contact information for two or three possible referees.

Deadline:  Applications are considered until the position is filled. The start date will be January 2019 unless otherwise agreed.

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