PhD Decision support for grid operators


The Electrical energy & computer architectures ELECTA division of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) covers the broad spectrum of electrical energy systems and robust control of industrial systems. The development of the future smart grid is the key activity. As the largest research group on electrical energy systems in the Benelux, ELECTA is recognized as a center-of-excellence on these topics, where fundamental research is combined with immediately and prospectively applicable solutions for the industry. 

Alongside this development of know-how, it is important is to share gained knowledge with the academic community, students, industry and the society as a whole. ELECTA is also co-founder of the knowledge center EnergyVille together with VITO, imec and UHasselt. The work location is the EnergyVille Campus in Genk / Belgium.


The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at KU Leuven is looking for a PhD researcher within the group decision support tools for grid operators. The group aims to develop new decision-making tools for system operators in the domains power system planning, operation, security and reliability. The developed tools can range from conceptual proof of concept tools to large scale implementation in demonstration projects. The group is active within a number of publicly funded and industrial research projects both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research within the research group. As such, candidates having an interest in the one of the following aspects are sought for:

  • Development of tools to determine the optimal flexibility services for congestion management in medium and low voltage grids, 
  • Impact of cybersecurity on power system reliability


The ideal candidate has:

  • Masters degree in electrical engineering or computer sciences 
  • Knowledge of power system modelling, optimization
  • Experience in programming
  • Excellent communication skills in English (and possibly Dutch)