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PhD Student / Research Assistant (f/m/d) as part of the MSCA EU project “inter-oPEn”, researc...

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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15 Aug 2024

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Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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You will be part of the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project inter-oPEn (“Interoperability of the Power Electronics dominated grid by openness”) as a PhD Student conducting research on the topic “Interactions in power electronic dominated AC-grids: Challenges for interoperability and controller partitioning”.

With an increasing share of power electronic assets the overall system behaviour of an integrated grid changes. With these changes, new challenges for the grid’s stability arise, induced by harmonic and transient interactions of power electronic assets, endangering not only a stable operation of the asset itself but also the overall grid stability. Goal of the potential doctoral thesis is the investigation of mentioned interactions, considering not only power electronic assets and its control design, but also the surrounded grid and its structure.

The results of the model-based investigations are meant to classify the observed interactions in terms of their potential threat to the grid stability and the corresponding parameters and conditions influencing the systems behaviour to help predicting and avoiding endangering asset and control designs. Further, the results and conclusions facilitate investigations on how these interactions could affect interoperability of several power electronic assets. Especially, the influence and the interdependence of the different stages of the converters’ control on the overall behaviour of the converter might be of interest.

The research will be conducted at the Institute of Electric Energy Systems and High-Voltage Technology (IEH) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe in close collaboration with the inter-oPEn academic and industrial partners, involving an academic and industrial secondment.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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