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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 be able to join the IIT it is necessary to be able to access the doctoral program, so it is necessary to be in possession of an official Master's degree.

    The Researcher in Formation will enter formally in the Doctorate Program of the Pontifical University Comillas, existing two modalities as predoctoral researcher:

    • Type A. Full-time contract, with shared commitment among the doctoral thesis and research projects. It will have annual contracts for a maximum period of 5 years, with a gross annual remuneration of € 25,065, for the year 2017.
    • Type B. Full-time contract, dedicated exclusively to the completion of the doctoral thesis. It will have annual contracts for a maximum period of 3 years, with a gross annual remuneration of € 16,807, for the year 2017.

  • 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, with exclusive dedication to the doctoral thesis.

  • Optimal short-term scheduling of the generation resources of a market participant in the Iberian Electricity Market (Reference 17003)   
    This research project will be developed in collaboration with one of the leading companies in the electricity sector in Spain with international presence. The objective is to adapt the tool that is currently used to optimize the scheduling of generation units taking into account the particularities of the different sessions that make up the Iberian electricity market (MIBEL), the renewable generation resources, and the interaction with the Natural gas sector. The PhD research line is closely linked to the objectives of the project: unit-commitment and short-term hydrothermal coordination models taking into account a very detailed representation of the generation units, the different sources of uncertainty (competitor’s behavior, renewable generation, natural inflows, etc.), and the various products (energy and ancillary services) traded in the market.

    Requirements: Speak and write correctly Spanish and English. It will be appreciated that the candidate knows the operation of the MIBEL electric market, and has experience in GAMS and VBA-Excel programming languages.

    A full-time contract is offered with shared dedication between the doctoral thesis and the realization of research projects.

  • Technical, economic and regulatory analysis of the impact of distributed energy resources and smart grids on electrical systems (Reference 17004)   
    The candidate will work on research projects for the main companies in the electricity sector in Spain, as well as international projects, to carry out studies on the integration of different resources distributed as Smart technologies in the electricity networks. The selected candidates will have to perform technical analyses by means of techno-economic modelling and assess the regulatory implications of the results obtained. The candidate will join a team that is an international reference in this field.

    Requirements: Candidates must hold a master’s degree in engineering, economics or equivalent granting access to doctoral studies. Moreover, a very high level of spoken and written English is required. Knowledge about the power sector as well as programming skills in Visual basic, Matlab or GAMS will be valued.

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

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