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3 Jun 2017

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PhD Various
Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria – Valparaiso, Chile

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – Electric Power Systems

3 Jun 2017

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Position Description

The Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) was created on 2014 to group individual research efforts into multi- and inter-disciplinary teams and re-focus research towards industry related problems to spark innovation. The center is hosted by Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile, one of the top engineering universities of Chile (listed among the top 300 universities according to Times Higher Education Ranking 2014-2015).

The mission of AC3E is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge, technological development and competitiveness in technology-based economies by achieving excellence in research, forming advanced human resources, and fostering innovation and technology transfer in areas of societal and industrial impact through the field of electrical and electronics engineering. Additional information about the center can be found at and the university can be found at

We are looking for a candidate for a funded 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to participate in projects involving interaction with power systems researchers and industry professionals. The successful candidate should be interested in power systems operations and planning, and with previous experience in optimization and uncertainty modeling.

Research Line: Electric Power Systems Group

The main focus of the group is modeling and simulation of electrical power systems, the integration of new technologies to the grid, and the development of numerical methods applied to operation and planning problems. We aim to address these challenges by using an interdisciplinary approach without losing sight of their industry applications.

Our research projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry partners (private and government agencies) and with collaborators from other Universities, both national and international. The strength of our group is in applying advanced mathematical methods to solve power and energy systems problems.

• Principal Investigator
o Dr. Pablo Lezana
• Associate Researchers
o Dr. Victor Hinojosa
o Ph.D. Esteban Gil
o Ph.D. Francisco Muñoz
Position Requirements
1. A doctorate degree in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or other relevant fields.
2. Experience applying continuous and mixed-integer optimization techniques to power system problems.
3. Interest in power systems operations and planning.
4. Proficiency in scientific programming languages (e.g., Python or C++) and optimization modeling languages (e.g., Pyomo or AMPL).

How to Apply

Required Documents 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. List of academic productivity (publications, books, patents) 3. Cover letter stating your interests and why you want to become part of AC3E, indicating their experience regarding this position and their long-term research goals. 4. Documentation accrediting the possession of a PhD or Doctoral degree. 5. Letter of reference or a list of 3 referees (with their mailing addresses) that might be contacted *All documents should be provided in English or Spanish and as one PDF file. General Information • The salary is competitive and depends on the experience and productivity record of the applicant Applicants are expected to live and work in Chile. • The initial contract will be for 1 year, with a possibility to extend it to 2 years. It is expected that during this period the selected candidate will also apply to external funding options. • Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish is desirable but not required. • Applications and inquiries should be sent to the following email: • The subject of the email must be: POSTDOCTORAL POSITION “Electric Power Systems”– AC3E • Deadline to submit applications is August 1st, 2016 • Results will be informed on August 12th, 2016 • Postdoctoral activities should begin at the latest in September 2016

Position Category: Engineering. Position Type: PhD Various. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.

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