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REliabatility and REsilience of Island Power Systems (RE2IPS)

This project aims at addressing reliability and resilience of island power systems (IPSs) under high penetration of RES from an operation planning point of view by considering both preventive and corrective actions. The lack of technical and economic support from neighboring systems makes IPSs more vulnerable to disturbances and causes higher system operating costs than interconnected systems. In addition to the small size, the increasing penetration of RES further challenges the reliability and in particular, frequency stability. Cascading failures underlie recent black-outs in IPSs and the mitigation of the propagation of such failures is widely recognized as a crucial aspect in increasing resilience.

During this 4-year project, we will study and implement preventive, frequency-stability-based power system splitting as a preventive action that can potentially enhance resilience, whereas preventive frequency-dynamic-based and corrective load-shedding driven economic dispatches and unit commitments will be implemented to improve reliability and frequency stability in particular. The successful will carry out research on reliability and resilience of IPS and further develop existing tools to achieve the project’s objectives.


We are looking for candidates with a M.Sc. in electrical engineering or similar. Candidates should have (or be close to obtain) the academic requirements to join the PhD program of Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid.

Good English level (understanding, writing and speaking).

Knowledge on power systems, system operation (UC, dispatch), system stability, programming skills (GAMS, Matlab) will be valued positively.

¿Qué se ofrece?

We offer a full-time contract with exclusive dedication to the PhD thesis. Starting annual gross salary amounts to 25896.34 €, including mandatory contributions to the social security system (health insurance, unemployment, etc.). 90% of the fees related to the PhD are covered by the IIT and the successful candidate will have access to all the services offered by the university.


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