E-2459 RESEARCHER IN REAL-TIME HARDWARE-IN-THE LOOP SIMULATION OF SMART
Temporary contract 24 months Belvaux
Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and
Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment
and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and
tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their
decisions and businesses in their strategies.
Do you want to know more about LIST? Check our website: https: // www. list.lu/
Discover our Environmental Research and Innovation department: ERIN Department
The department relies on two cutting-edge platforms, the Biotechnologies and
Environmental Analytics Platform and the Observatory for the Climate and the
Environment, and the GreenTech Innovation Centre (GTIC): a one-stop-shop for
the complete development of bio-based products and processes.
You will join the Intelligent and Clean Energy Systems (ICES) research unit
and will in particular be involved in the real-time hardware-in-the-loop
laboratory (RT-HIL Lab) laboratory. The ICES research unit aims to develop
ground-breaking market-oriented solutions in how energy is generated,
distributed and consumed, meeting the challenge of cutting greenhouse gas
emissions, ensuring energy security, planning feasible business models and
social outreach advances. You will report to the ICES Head of Unit.
Essential to the ICES unit is the smart grid vision, namely, an electricity
network in which information flows freely between consumers and suppliers, and
demand adapts in real-time in response to the continuously changing supply
from intermittent renewable sources. The ICES unit however extends this vision
toward a wider energy portfolio, integrating other energy infrastructures to
electricity networks, and providing further abstraction and intelligence
levels in the conception of solutions for both planning and operating the
energy systems of the future.
Moreover, in addition to generating solutions addressing society and market
needs, this research unit conducts fundamental research aiming at ground-
breaking disclosers to remove barriers and introduce revolutionary concepts
for planning, developing and operating the Intelligent Clean Energy Systems of
How will you contribute?
As a researcher you will participate in smart grid automation projects with
intensive use of real-time simulation with hardware-in-the-loop (RT-HIL) and
networked digital devices, which might include designing control solutions for
REN, BESS, EV charging, and FACTS among others, making and intensive use of
communications. You will interact with other research and technology experts,
deploying systems and technologies related to projects both in the field and
in the lab.
In addition to mastering RT-HIL systems (OPAL-RT, RTDS, Speed Goat,
Typhoon), you should have solid experience in configuring and programming
controllers and measurement systems for electrical networks, including
networked PLCs and computers, RTUs, PMUs, smart-meters, relays, etc., and
working with standard communication protocols (IEC 61850, IEC 60870, IEEE
C37.118,…) used in grid automation. PhD degree with 1-2 years hands-on
postdoc experience in grid automation (smart grids, microgrids, distributed
generation, etc.) is required. You should have good knowledge of programming
languages used in monitoring (SCADA) and control systems, such as C, .Net,
Python, and Java. Experience on constructing and operating renewable energy
systems interfaced to the grid through power converters will be highly
You will contribute to RDI projects by:
Modelling smart grids and distributed assets in RT-HIL platforms,
particularly using OPAL-RT with HYPERSYM, although knowledge on eMEGASIM,
ePHASORSIM and eFPGASIM are also welcome.
Developing operation and control solutions for active grids based on
distributed generation and control.
Conducting dynamic and static analyses of power systems with distributed
asset, using tools such a DIgSILENT and PSS/E.
Programming controllers and applications in dedicated computational
systems (real-time systems, networked PLCs, rapid prototyping
Validating developments in a RT-HIL, integrating networked controllers and
real power converters through power amplifiers.
Disseminating results through publications, conferences and social media.
Contribute to the creation of intellectual property rights (patents,
Participating in project proposals preparation
Moreover, you will contribute to the dissemination, valorisation and transfer
of RDI results through:
Participation in the drafting of technical reports, scientific articles,
patents and inventions.
Participation in the implementation of technological solutions (proof-of-
Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply
PhD degree in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, automation
engineering, or related fields with the required expertise in control and
automation of electrical grid.
Experience and skills
At least 1-2 years of hands-on postdoc experience in grid automation
including smart grids, microgrids, distributed generations, etc.
Proficiency in RT-HIL simulation and control of smart grids and renewable
energy systems, preferably using OPAL-RT with HYPERSIM, interacting with
Skilled in modelling and controlling smart grids, encompassing electrical
networks, renewable energy systems, microgrids, power plants, and
Strong knowledge of programming languages such as C#, Python, and .Net.
Familiarity with standard communication technologies and protocols,
including IEC61850, IEC61870 101-104, DNP3, ICCP, IEEE C37.118, etc.
Experience with networked devices like PLCs, computers, RTUs, PMUs, smart-
meters, and protection relays.
Expertise in power systems tools for dynamic analysis, preferably with
DIgSILENT and PSS/E.
Hands-on experience with controllers for grid-connected power converters
will be highly valued.
Accustomed to working in laboratory environments and developing
Excellent analytical and communication skills (oral, written,
presentation) adaptable to technical, management/executive, and business
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an international
team within the ICES RDI unit.
Fluent in English (written and oral). Knowledge in at least one of the
official languages of Luxembourg (French, German or Luxembourgish) is an
Your LIST benefits
An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in
Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research
Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential
role in paving the way to a green society
Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000
square metres, including innovations in all that we do
An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in
Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical
Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50
nationalities represented in our workforce
Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil
their personal and professional ambitions
Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and
retain women in science
32 days' paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, 13-month salary, statutory
Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers
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Your application must include:
A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your
A scientific CV with contact details
List of publications (and patents, if applicable)
Contact details of 2 references
Application procedure and conditions
LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and
retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all
competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin,
race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
religion, age or disability
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is
An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates
based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities
The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing
skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned
To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of
the following languages
Read C1 Advanced
Write C1 Advanced
Speak C1 Advanced
The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.
Read B2 Upper intermediate
Write B2 Upper intermediate
Speak B2 Upper intermediate
Read B2 Upper intermediate
Write B2 Upper intermediate
Speak B2 Upper intermediate
Read B1 Intermediate
Write B1 Intermediate
Speak B1 Intermediate
minimum required Education
Required work experience in years
1 or more years
Hours per week
Recruiter in charge
Carolina DE LEON