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Development of an integrated model to optimize the short-term operation and bidding for the secondary regulation market (aFRR)

This project will be developed in collaboration with one of the leading companies in the electricity sector in Spain with an international presence. The objective is to develop an optimization model to 1) plan the short-term operation, and 2) to prepare the offers of the generators that participate in the secondary regulation market, taking into account a very detailed modelling of all the thermal and hydro generation units. This project is part of a digitization plan aimed at executing decision support models in the cloud (cloud-computing) with an input and output system connected to a Big-Data platform. The selected candidate will be in charge of the optimization module (data management and results treatment/visualization will be out of the scope of this position). The duration of the project is 1 year with the possibility of further extensions The project will be developed following the Agile methodology and the selected candidate will be integrated into a multidisciplinary work team.


Interest in applied research (optimization techniques and power systems). Preferably a master's degree in electrical engineering. Native Spanish, advanced English level, and very good academic record. Experience in model development in GAMS. Knowledge of Python will be valuable.

What do we offer?

Annual full-time contract for the development of research projects. In addition, training activities may be carried out. This modality allows the Research Assistant to establish a very close professional relationship with the companies with which he/she collaborates, thus nourishing his/her research with the experience accumulated during the projects. Although this modality does not necessarily require to enroll in any program, the Research Assistant can apply for a PhD during the first two years. The Research Assistant is hired each year for a maximum period of 6. If he or she is not enrolled in a PhD program the contract cannot exceed two years. The gross salary for the first year is € 24,410.00 for the year 2020. In addition, the IIT covers 90% of the cost of training activities and the Research Assistant can enjoy all the advantages offered to Comillas students (Sports, Cultural Activities, Library, etc.).

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Curriculum Vitae, academic record, cover letter and two recommendation letters.

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