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Research with us (Postgraduate scholarships in Applied Research)

Call for positions of Researcher Trainees

  • What is the call?

    The Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas has a continuous open call for positions of Researcher Trainees.

    The training offered involves active participation in R&D projects, under the supervision of a professor or researcher at the University. These projects are for the leading companies in the energy and industrial sectors. Therefore, these companies provide the necessary funding for the research activity and IIT graduate training.

  • Which are the conditions?

    To join the IIT it is mandatory to be admitted at Comillas doctoral program, so it is necessary to be in possession of an official university master's degree.

    Once the Research Trainee enters the PhD program at Comillas University, there are two options:

    • Full-time, with exclusive dedication to the doctoral thesis. Annual contracts will work for a maximum period of 3 years, with an annual gross remuneration of € 16,637 for the 2015-2016 academic year.
    • Part-time, with a shared commitment among the doctoral thesis and research projects. Annual contracts for a maximum of 5 years with an annual gross remuneration of € 24,810 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • Who should participate in this call?

    In the IIT we are looking for people who have recently successfully completed their studies on engineering (industrial, organization, computers, electronics, etc.) but also in related disciplines such as science, mathematics or physics. We greatly value that candidates have a good academic curriculum, eager to confront problems requiring new solutions, ability to work in teams and feel the need of advanced training, without losing the connection to the real world.

  • Send your CV

    If you are interested in applying for a position at the IIT please fill in this form. If your profile is suitable we will contact you for a personal interview. It is mandatory to attach your CV and academic records.

    We value the knowledge of the research areas at the IIT, a very good command of written and spoken English, and knowledge of programming languages.

Postgraduate scholarships in Applied Research

  • Medium-term electricity generation/transmission model for the Mexican electric energy system (Reference 17001)   
    Development of a medium-term electricity generation model for the Mexican electric energy system able to represent the transmission network. The model is to be used to forecast nodal electricity prices.

    Requirements: The prospective candidate has a master’s degree or is in the process of finishing up the master. Knowledge of modeling, optimization and GAMS is preferable but no required.

    Full-time position with a shared commitment among the doctoral thesis and research projects.

  • Strategic network and generation expansion planning under uncertainty in the electricity market (STEXEM) (Reference 17002)   
    In an effort to mitigate climate change and to achieve a sustainable supply of energy, the Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad – and in particular the Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016 – seeks to promote research and development (R&D) of renewable energy (RE) technologies and to foster their adoption by the market. The challenge to obtain “safe, efficient and clean energy”, declared by the Estrategia Española de Ciencia y Tecnología y de Innovación, is also in line with the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Indeed, given the deregulation of energy sectors, i.e., both electricity and natural gas, in most EU member states, power companies would adopt RE technologies only if they contributed to their profit-maximising incentives. Furthermore, since RE technologies like wind and solar power are typically intermittent and uncertain in their output and geographically dispersed, their viability will depend on integration with the existing transmission network. However, grid-expansion decisions are taken by separate entities with differing and even conflicting objectives, i.e., welfare-maximising regulated transmission system operators (TSOs). Most policy-enabling models of the EU energy system overlook these intricacies and are based on assumptions of either perfect competition or perfect foresight, which do not adequately reflect the current paradigm and, thus, may lead to flawed market designs. Consequently, in order for the Spanish Plan Estatal’s objectives to be achieved, policymakers and market participants alike will require an enhanced understanding of how market fundamentals and strategic behaviour interact. Towards that end, STEXEM will develop completely new models that will be better suited for the research challenge of uncovering the impact of policy measures and market designs on investment and operational decisions in deregulated industries. Moreover, STEXEM will carry out state-of-the-art analyses based on stochastic optimisation and game theory in order to provide insights on efficient market design, the sustainable integration of RE and storage technologies, and the transmission investment necessary to maintain system security.

    Requirements: Not a PhD (no doctor); title of “licenciatura o ingeniero superior” (graduate studies) in an engineering (or related) topic. Knowledge in modeling, and optimization (and GAMS) is appreciated but not obligatory.

    Full-time position with a shared commitment among the doctoral thesis and research projects.

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