13/06/2019
Science 4 Refugees

PhD researcher: smart grids, distributed control and privacy


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    05/07/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Permanent
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2019-371

A peer-to-peer electricity market allows users to trade electricity among themselves, reducing their electricity costs. In addition, electricity exchange between nearby users can significantly reduce electrical losses during transport over distribution lines. Bids and offers in such a market can be created from the flexibility of a heterogeneous set of generation devices, such as PV, storage devices, such as batteries, and flexible loads, such as electric boilers.
However, such markets may also create an opportunity for malicious entities to misbehave in order to reduce costs or maximise profits. Potential threats are impersonation, data manipulation, eavesdropping, disputes, and privacy breaches. As an example of a privacy breach, consider entities which have access to users’ offers and bids. They may use this data to infer who is selling or buying how much electricity and when. Such data is closely correlated to users’ consumption patterns, which potentially reveal sensitive information; and which may facilitate consumer profiling by fingerprinting and tracking the use of specific electronic appliances. We will also assess the impact of a decentralised peer-to-peer electricity trading system on the current energy market value chain, the changing roles of different core stakeholders and the identification of new players, such as the role of (third party) matchmaking platforms.
Within this project context (https://www.esat.kuleuven.be/cosic/project/snippet/), we will combine the latest smart grid research methods on demand response and flexibility management with the state-of-art cryptographic techniques (such as computations over encrypted data) to realise peer-to-peer electricity trading in a citizen energy communioty, which is privacy-friendly by design.

Benefits

The researcher will be a KU Leuven PhD student (Engineering Science), and also work as part of EnergyVille's research team in Genk. 

She/He gets a contract as PhD scholar (doctoraatsbursaal, zie http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/phd-info).

A PhD typically takes 4 years, where the contract is renewed yearly.

Eligibility criteria

 We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate with the degree of Master of Science in Engineering Science (electrical engineering, energy science, computer engineering...) or alike and with a strong interest in smart energy systems and/or security and privacy, and a solid engineering background. The candidate should have distinguished him/herself during the studies (excellent grades, publications) and shall wish to acquire a PhD degree in the course of four years at the Arenberg Doctoral School of the University of Leuven.

In addition to a scientific and research attitude, the candidate can process complex matters in an independent way.

The candidate shall be a citizen of a EU member state or an EEA country.

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Geert Deconinck, tel.: +32 16 32 11 26, mail: geert.deconinck@kuleuven.be.
You can apply for this job no later than 05/07/2019 via the online application tool

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Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
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Leuven
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