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The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies. 


You ‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join our Environmental Research and Innovation department 

The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department, made up of 200 life science, environmental science and information technology researchers and engineers, provides the interdisciplinary knowledge, expertise and technologies to lead solutions including the major environmental challenges facing society, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for the complete development of bio-based products and processes.

The selected candidate will join the recently established Intelligent and Clean Energy Systems (ICES) research unit. The ICES research unit aims to develop ground-breaking market-oriented solutions in the ways in which energy is generated, distributed and consumed, meeting the challenge of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, ensuring energy security, planning feasible business models and socially outreach advances. Central to the ICES unit is the smart grid vision, namely, an electricity network in which information flows freely between consumers and suppliers, and demand adapts in real-time in response to the continuously changing supply from intermittent renewable sources. The ICES unit however extends this vision toward a wider energy portfolio, integrating other energy infrastructures together to electricity, and providing further abstraction and intelligence levels in the conception of solutions for both planning and operating the energy systems of the future. Moreover, in addition to generate impacting solutions addressing society and market needs, this research unit will conduct fundamental research aiming ground-breaking disclosers to remove barriers and introduce revolutionary concepts for planning, developing and operating the Intelligent Clean Energy Systems of the future.   

Distribution systems are increasingly active, hosting various distributed energy resources (DER), i.e. mainly renewable energy sources (RES), storage, electric vehicles and responsive demand. At the same time, RES are progressively displacing polluting conventional power plants connected to the transmission system. In this context, maintaining power system security (or operation reliability) is not anymore only a matter of re-dispatching control means (especially big conventional power plants) in the transmission system using a security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) tool, but needs a holistic approach, comprising also active distribution systems (ADSs). Specifically, the use of available energy flexibility from DER hosted in ADSs is seen as a driver towards cost effective RES integration and can significantly enhance the secure operation of the transmission system and reduce its operation cost. Unlocking this flexibility requires tight coordination between transmission and distribution system operators (TSO and DSO). 


How will you contribute?

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who will work in the frame of TESTIFY project, which proposes a new approach to manage the overall electrical grid in a secure manner in short-term timeframe, making optimal use of the energy flexibility of DER. TESTIFY adopts a probabilistic approach to security, envisioning that it will better reflect RES-induced increasingly variable and risky system operating conditions and supersede the current narrowly defined deterministic N-1 approach. 

The post-doctoral researcher will first develop a cascading outage simulator. The simulator will assess the impact on the power system of contingencies, potentially leading to cascading outages due to protection tripping of overloaded lines. Second, based on the simulator outcome, the researcher will also develop a new risk metric for insecure operation conditions that will support the TSO is risk-based system operation. The researcher will work closely with other researchers in the project.

must have requirements

Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply now!

You hold a PhD in electrical power engineering or energy systems. You also have:

- Ideally up to 4 years research experience upon PhD graduation.

- Good skills in transmission system modelling and simulation as well as programming. 

On top of this, you’re highly motivated. You are fluent in English. You’re the one we’re looking for!

nice to have requirements

- Knowledge of cascading outage simulators, N-k contingencies analysis, risk analysis, and applied mathematics is considered as an asset.

We offer

Your LIST benefits

An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects; 

Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society;

Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations such as our Viswall, high-scale incubators and top of the range 3D/4D printings that are part of our toolkit for excelling in all we do;

Multicultural and international work environment with more than 45 nationalities represented in our workforce;  

Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions;

Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science; 

32 days paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance and access to lunch vouchers; 

Personalized learning programme to foster our staff’s soft and technical skills; 

An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas. 

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Your application must include:

• A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;

• A scientific CV with contact details;

• List of publications (and patents, if applicable);

• Contact details of 2 references.

Application procedure and conditions:

• LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability; 

• Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled; 

• An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities; 

• The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.


To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages
  • Read C1 Advanced
    Write C1 Advanced
    Speak C1 Advanced
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