The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Group Science, Engineering and Technology, at KU Leuven is looking for a research expert in the domain of numerical simulation of power electronics in power grids and electrical energy system applications. The research expert will be part of the ELECTA research group as part of EnergyVille. The research expert will support in the development of the research roadmaps “Towards HVDC Grids”, “Power Electronics,” and “LVDC” by offering relevant expertise on mathematical modelling and simulation methods for power electronics and by contributing to research, development, and valorisation of new tools for this purpose.
The departments of the group Science and Technology (W&T) perform both fundamental and applied research, thereby focusing on the industrial, economic, social and cultural events and the needs and expectations of society. The research is characterised by creativity and innovation, successful applications and the reduction of boundaries between the different disciplines. The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) is one of the largest departments within the Group W&T which covers over 500 employees.
The research of ELECTA focuses on the transition of our energy system in which renewable energy and flexibility take centre stage. This research is part of the EnergyVille collaboration at Thor Park in Genk.
EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Flemish research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers provide expertise to industry and public authorities on energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment. This includes, for example, smart grids and advanced district heating and cooling.
EnergyVille brings research, development, training and industrial innovation together under one name, in close collaboration with local, regional and international partners. In this context, the research collaboration was embedded in major national and international networks right from the start. With focus on the opportunities which arise in the urban context: harvesting renewable energy close to the end user and coupling electric and thermal energy to come, together with efficient use and local storage, to a sustainable energy system.

  • You develop an area of expertise on mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of modern and future electrical energy systems with power electronic conversion, with applications to power systems and HVDC and LVDC in particular.
  • You contribute to research in this domain by providing innovative solutions and through the development of dedicated simulation tools.
  • You are assisting in the valorisation of research results on this topic.
  • Leveraging expertise within the research team through workshops, seminars and documentations.
  • You are guiding PhD students and following up research projects in this domain.
  • Content-wise support to new research project proposals with national and international industry and public funding agencies, and developing new research project proposals (project content, project structure, proposal writing, budget planning, …) in the field of power electronics and related applications to power grids and electrical systems with a focus on simulation and modelling.
  • You are (co-)managing and developing the KU Leuven/EnergyVille modelling and simulation frameworks for power electronics and its applications to power grids and electrical systems.
  • You are disseminating your expertise and research results in academia, and assist in guiding junior researchers in contributing to publications.
  • You are helping with the development of the EnergyVille research roadmaps in the related domains (Towards HVDC, Power Electronics, LVDC).
  • Building and maintaining networks with industry to valorise research activities.
  • Teaching (optional).


  • You have a PhD degree with several years postdoctoral research experience (at least 3) in the relevant domain.
  • You have a background in numerical mathematics and/or electrical engineering.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience as an expert in power electronics simulation with an application to power systems.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of state-of-the-art solution methods for power electronics used in circuit-simulation, in power system electromagnetic transient simulation, and in particular in industry-standard tools such as PSCAD or EMTP-RV.
  • Experience in (power electronic) power system simulation tool development.
  • You have experience in development of project proposals (e.g. at EU level, national funding agencies, bilateral, …).
  • You have experience in managing research projects.
  • You can work independently, but are also an excellent team-player.
  • You have adequate networking skills and a customer-oriented attitude.
  • You have excellent communication and presentation skills, especially in English. Knowledge of Dutch is a plus.

  • A Research Expert position with a contract of unlimited duration in an international recognized team.
  • Involvement in a customer-oriented organization in the domain of innovative technological research and science-based services.
  • The possibility to assist in promoting Flanders internationally as an active knowledge region and contribute to sustainable development.
  • An attractive salary and extra-legal benefits.
  • Possibility to shape the position based on the profile.