Integrated Energy Network


The Numerical Analysis group is looking for a talented and motivated PhD candidate who is eager to push the envelope in the mathematics and applications of Integrated Energy Networks

Job description

The Numerical Analysis group at the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) is looking to reinforce the research line of Integrated Energy Networks which is of crucial importance for the energy transition.

As the share of renewable energy sources grows, decentralisation of production and control increases, making it more challenging to match supply and demand. New control mechanisms and ancillary services will need to be developed to dampen unavoidable fluctuations. The subject of this PhD project is to investigate the use high performance simulations in combination with data-driven demand and supply matching.

By clustering prosumers with different or complementary profiles into groups of energy exchanging nodes, one can create Virtual Power Plants (VPP) for which the aggregated profile is less uncertain.  To further reduce uncertainty we propose to combine the Virtual Power Plants with system integration within energy networks. There will be no longer a gas/power demand or supply but an energy demand or supply. It is up to to the providers (prosumers) to fullfill this demand in an optimal way.  In this PhD project we combine the simulation of the various energy networks in order to predict and optimise the available energy production and demand. Currently, this is only possible for small academic networks. Many research questions have to be answered in order to generalise the models and solution methods to real energy networks coupled with real data.  To achieve this fast and robust solvers (Krylov methods, preconditioners, High Performance Computing, etc.) for large energy networks have to be developed to be able to control the flow of energy based on the data available.

Finally, at DIAM we support inclusivity and diversity. We offer an open and safe working environment for employees and students, and you are encouraged to apply regardless of your nationality, cultural background, gender or sexual orientation.


Basic requirements:

  • A master’s (or master-equivalent) degree in Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Specific requirements:

  • Strong interest and competence in at least one of the following: applied mathematics, numerical analysis, geometric modelling, scientific computing.
  • Familiarity with programming  is a plus

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines – electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof.dr.ir. Kees Vuik: C.Vuik@tudelft.nl 

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 30-09-2021 (September 30, 2021) via the “Apply now” button and upload the following mandatory documents:

  1. A detailed CV with contact information for 2 references.
  2. Detailed transcripts with all university grades.
  3. A motivation letter (1-2 pages) that should address your vision of the project, the topics you find interesting and why, how would you approach those topics, etc.
  4. A (draft) version of your master’s thesis and any papers submitted.
  5. Formal proof of English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/other language certificates)


  • A master’s (or master-equivalent) degree in Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong interest and competence in at least one of the following: applied mathematics, numerical analysis, geometric modelling, scientific computing.


  • Familiarity with programming is a plus


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