Applicants are invited to apply for the position of Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow as part of a joint research project between the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The project’s Principal Investigators are: Prof. James Kirtley (MIT), Dr. Konstantin Turitsyn (MIT), and Dr. Mohamed Al Hosani (Masdar Institute).

The project, titled “Study and Development of Intelligent Multi-Microgrids with Interactive Capabilities,” aims to develop an intelligent multi-microgrid (MMG) structure with interactive capabilities. Microgrids involve the connection of multiple, smaller energy resources to the distribution network and these energy resources are allowed to operate when the traditional grid is disconnected. The adoption of interactive microgrids into existing distribution networks is thought to improve the efficiency and reliability of microgrid networks with integrated distributed generations (DGs), which presents a necessary advance toward making electric power grids a smart grid. A well-designed interactive MMG structure should allow active and reactive power exchange between the different microgrids to support both the frequency and voltage within each microgrid. Also, the interactive MMG structure is expected to provide better robust performance against disturbances and load changes in which neighboring microgrids can contribute to suppressing grid oscillations and supporting load variations. In addition, the coordination among the different microgrids is expected to achieve a higher stability margin for the overall MMG structure compared to a single microgrid, thereby improving the reliability and performance of isolated microgrids during fault conditions. In this project, the interactions between different microgrids will be studied in terms of active and reactive power exchange, and their ability to support frequency and voltage within each microgrid. A multi-time-scale perturbation theory will be developed for accurate and computationally effective assessment of droop-controlled microgrid stability. The developed computational framework will form a foundation for a next generation of control algorithms that ensure overall stability of the system.
Requirements

A PhD in Electrical Engineering and an established track record evident by publication in top quality journals and/or conferences.

The ideal candidate should also have expertise in the following areas related to microgrid control, stability, power electronics, renewable energy systems and experimental setup:

  • Stability analysis for interconnected multi-microgrids
  • Intelligent control and power management for multi-microgrids
  • Coordinated voltage and frequency controllers for multi-microgrids
  • Battery energy storage system control and ancillary services.
  • Remedial actions via power electronic resources for MMG structure
  • Development of small-scale multi-microgrid experimental setup
  • Proven programming skills for analytical and modeling purposes, e.g. Matlab and Power System Computer Aided Design (PSCAD)
  • Fluency in communicating, reading and writing in English


Package
The position will offer a very competitive salary package with an annual tax-exempt salary and will be for an initial duration of 12 months starting from January 2017, extendable (up to 2 or 3 years) depending on funding and performance.


Application Information   
Applications should be made electronically to Dr. Mohamed Al Hosani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) specifying the project title and include the following information:

  • Applicant name and contact information
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statements of research
  • An application letter describing the applicant’s current position and how his/her experience matches the position requirements
  • Email contact information for at least three references


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to start by January 2017. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.