The Center for Operations Research and Econometrics at UCLouvain in Belgium has multiple vacancies for PhD positions. Research topics will focus on the application of operations research in power system operations and electricity market analysis, with a specific focus on sustainable growth through demand response and renewable energy integration. Candidates will specifically contribute to the execution of the research agenda of the ICEBERG ERC Starting Grant:
The main activity of the researcher will be to conduct doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Anthony Papavasiliou. This research will lead to journal and conference publications and a PhD thesis. The PhD candidate may also be involved in teaching activities. The grant is for four years, subject to renewal in the end of the second year, and carries full benefits and a monthly salary.
The ideal candidate should hold a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Economics or a related field. The ideal candidate should have a solid background in optimization, mathematics, statistics and economics, an interest for the application of operations research in energy systems and strong programming skills. Proficient knowledge of English is highly desirable.
About Anthony Papavasiliou
I am an associate professor (chargé de cours définitif) at the Université catholique de Louvain. My teaching affiliation is with the department of Mathematical Engineering. My research affiliation is with the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE). I hold the ENGIE Chair and the Francqui Research Professorship.
Formerly I completed my PhD and post-doctoral research at the department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley, working with Professor Shmuel Oren. I completed my undergratuate studies at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on electric power systems and power electronics.
I am a recipient of an ERC Starting Grant under the 2019 funding cycle. I am serving as an associate editor for Operations Research and for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. I have served as a guest associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2019). I have served in the technical program committees of the Power Systems Computation Conference (2016, 2018, 2020), PowerTech (2019), the ACM Workshop on Energy Market Engineering (2018, 2019), and ...EnergyCon (2016). I have received the 2015 INFORMS best publication award in energy. I have served as a consultant for the Belgian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas, N-SIDE, the Center for European Energy Regulators, Quantil, Stratec, and SunRun, and as a researcher for the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Palo Alto Research Center, and the E3MLab.