Uppsala University, Department of Electrical Engineering

Electrification and digitalisation are among the largest areas for the future in the conversion to sustainable societies. The Department of Electrical Engineering conducts successful research and education in the areas - renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, industrial IoT, 6G communication and wireless sensor networks as well as research and education within Life Science, smart electronic sensors and medical systems. The Department of Electrical Engineering is an international workplace with around 150 employees that all contribute to important technical energy and health challenges at the Ångström Laboratory.

Come and work with us!
The position will be at the Division of Electricity, at the Department of Electrical Engineering. Here you will find a friendly work environment with a lively doctoral network and a variety of experimental projects. The Division of Electricity works in collaboration with Swedish companies - public and private - and stakeholders in the different fields of research. We look forward to receiving your application. Join us and build the future with us!

Project description
Governmental policies have been developed in several countries aiming to decarbonize the power generation and the transport sector. Most of the Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including generation, batteries and electric vehicle charging  are connected to the  electricity grid through power electronics.

The main idea of this project is to use dynamic simulation to investigate the impact on the power grid caused by Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) - such as Electric Vehicles, and suggest control techniques to minimise the problems, which can be verified and validated by using real time simulation/control in the loop simulation. The simulation seeks to reproduce the user's consumption profile, stipulating an analysis of the results considering a massive insertion of electric vehicles in the electrical grid (at medium and low voltage levels).

Furthermore, the study of storage systems is strategic when contemplating a network with several electric vehicles and different forms of renewable energy generation. Due to the uncertainty and variation of renewable energy sources (RESs), the optimization of the stationary energy storage systems are required and indispensable for the future of the current energy matrix to reduce the fluctuation of RESs.

The research group at Uppsala University has extensive experience of research in power systems and a large laboratory activity. We have an exciting work environment designed by the doctoral student and the research team together. The doctoral student will be supervised by at least two supervisors. 

From the research project viewpoint, the doctoral student together with the research team will work on the modelling and simulation of the system, in order to investigate the impacts of a high DERs penetration in the electrical grid. The challenges include analyzing the results from the point of view of undervoltage and overvoltage levels, transformer loading, conductor loading, technical losses and estimate the joint hosting capacity of PV solar penetration and electric vehicles in real distribution networks.

The main task of a doctoral student is to devote to doctoral education, which includes both participation in research projects and doctoral education courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties to a maximum extent of 20 % of his/her time.


  • The applicant must hold a master degree (civilingenjörsexamen) in engineering physics, energy systems, electrical engineering, or a similar field.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English is a requirement; good oral and written proficiency in Swedish is a merit.
  • The applicant's experience with simulation/calculation/programming tools, like MATLAB and/or Phyton will be taken into consideration during the evaluation.
  • We will emphasise your personal qualities such as strong motivation, good collaborations and communication skills with other researchers. You should be purposeful, structured and be able to work effectively both individually and in groups.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Janaina Goncalves de Oliveira, janaina.goncalves@angstrom.uu.se 

Please submit your application by 2 of October, 2023, UFV-PA 2023/3373.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/3373
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 13.Sep.2023
Last application date 02.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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