Project Researcher (PhD Student), Electrical Engineering (Smart and Flexible Power Systems)
University of Vaasa

Project Researcher (PhD Student), Electrical Engineering (Smart and Flexible Power Systems)

This is a fixed term position for 3 years with a start date at the beginning of January 2018 or as agreed.

The position is located in the Faculty of Technology (as of January 2018 School of Technology and Innovations). This position is connected to the Smart Electric Systems (SES) research group. More information on the research group is available at:

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The tasks of this Project Researcher (PhD Student) position are mainly focused on research for the doctoral degree. Depending on the applicant’s background and interests the research can focus either on advanced active distribution network management methods or on adaptive and proactive protection solutions for future low or zero-inertia electricity networks / microgrids.

All tasks are agreed in more detail in the Annual Work Plan. The annual working time for the Project Researcher (PhD Student) is 1624 hours.


Position requires a relevant master’s degree and proven ability to conduct scientific research on the specified area. The main research work will be carried out with simulation tools such as PSCAD, Matlab SimPowerSystems and OPAL-RT real-time simulator. Therefore, knowledge on these tools (at least some of them) as well as on power system protection, control of power electronics based inverter interfaced DER units and programming are beneficial for the position. In addition, experience from microgrids, energy storages, IEC 61850 based standards, protection relays/phasor measurement units (PMUs) or small signal stability is seen as an asset.

Strong written & spoken English language skills are mandatory.


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. The salary for a Project Researcher (PhD Student) is based on demand levels 2-4 (1985 - 2475 €), and an additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance (4-46.3%).


To apply for the position, please use our online application system. The application including annexes has to be in our online application database by midnight 15.12.2017 (Finnish time, GMT +2).

The application should include the following annexes:

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The University of Vaasa educates responsible leaders and experts for the needs of the future. Our focus areas are management and change, energy and sustainable development, and finance and economic decision-making. The strength of our university is the community spirit, which promotes multidisciplinary studies and research. Our 5,400 students and 500 employees thrive in the most beautiful campus in Finland.  

City of Vaasa

Vaasa is a coastal city with almost 70,000 inhabitants and enjoys a position at the forefront of flourishing urban regions. Vaasa has the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries with several global market leaders, total business turnover of EUR four billion, 30 percent of Finland’s total export in energy technology, and 11,000 employees.

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