Job offer in Ireland Two PhD Positions in Smart Grids and Decentralised Energy Trading Systems at University College Cork

Two PhD Positions in Smart Grids and Decentralised Energy Trading Systems 

Project description

Two PhD positions are available to work on the Cooperative Energy Trading System (CENTS) project, a €3 million research project funded by the Irish Government’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund:

The CENTS project is proposing a disruptive technology platform for the electricity sector where consumers and communities will be empowered with the necessary infrastructure to generate their own electricity, earn from the excess electricity generation, and decarbonise their homes and communities for sustainable living. This research will develop and demonstrate local energy trading systems that are suitable for wide-scale implementation, and investigate the impacts of these systems on the control, operation and planning of the electricity grid.

These two PhD researchers will be based in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the main campus of University College Cork (, and will work closely with the project’s industrial and academic partners, which include the International Energy Research Centre (, National University of Ireland Galway, and TU Dublin.

PhD Position 1: This PhD researcher will develop the hardware, software and communication protocols required for reliable execution of automated peer-to-peer energy trades, and for the monitoring of power quality in the distribution network. This solutions developed in this work will be demonstrated in the field in full-scale user trials in Year 3 of the CENTS project.

PhD Position 2: This PhD researcher will create a framework for the co-simulation of electricity distribution networks and decentralised electricity trading platforms. This will allow us to analyse and assess potential impacts of peer-to-peer energy trading on the control, operation and planning of future electricity grids. This is expected to be of significant interest to the international research community, and will provide an evidence base for industrial research and development in this area.

Requirements: The ideal candidates will hold a Masters degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Computer Science. Knowledge and experience of electrical power systems and at least one of the following areas is an advantage: power distribution network analysis, smart grids (e.g. power metering/communications/automation), building energy management systems, distributed ledger technology.

Duration: 3 years, starting from May/June 2019

Salary and funding details: Successful candidates will receive an annual tax-free stipend of €19,000 and EU tuition fees up to €5,770 per year, plus research equipment and project travel costs. Non-EU candidates may apply, but they will need to cover extra fees themselves.

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To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Barry Hayes at


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