Researcher HVDC technology


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.


High-voltage Direct Current is increasingly used in the power system, in the form of point-to-point links and multi-terminal systems. For this technology, cables are predominantly used, given that (i) links are mainly submarine, for which they are the only option and (ii) there is public opposition against new overhead lines. Given that the voltage on these cables increases, uncertainties arise concerning the impact of faults. We are looking for a researcher that is keen to dive into the cable technologies associated with HVDC systems and especially related to their fault behavior (overvoltages, fault localization,…). (One year assignment, possible continuation)


The ideal candidate has:

·         Masters degree in electrical engineering

·         Knowledge of power system modelling, HVDC, electromagnetic waves

·         Experience in signal processing and/or digital processors

·         Someone not afraid to implement something in a laboratory environment

·         Excellent communication skills in English (and possibly Dutch)