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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.

  • Analysis and modeling of gas and electricity markets (Reference 17006)   
    We offer working with one of the largest energy utilities, in the context of modeling and planning of natural gas and electricity markets. The responsibilities will include collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, developing modeling and optimization tools for energy systems, as well as forecasting of prices.

    Requirements: The ideal candidate should have a good understanding of the natural gas and electricity markets, as well as a domain of programming with Visual Basic, Matlab and GAMS.

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


  • 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.

  • Smart Client (Reference 17007)   
    This project is about developing the energy smart client concept. The aim of the project is to contribute in the consolidation of the current system (STEMY-SPLODER). More specifically, the tasks are: to improve the DER local intelligence allocated the building, to improve the concept of resilient IoT, which is a key point for this kind of systems, and to pass the proper certifications to put the system into the market. Moreover, we offer to work in a multidisciplinary team in contact with utilities.

    Requirements: C programming is required and a lot of experience in developing electronic systems and a lot of motivation for the smart client concept.

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

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