PhD AI-based algorithms for EV charging scheduling for grid stability

at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Published December 19, 2022
Location Delft, Netherlands
Category AutoML  
Job Type Full-time  


Collaborate & Learn: TU Delft and AIT

Challenge: Conventional carbon-intensive energy use

Change: Turn data into knowledge for efficient systems

Impact: Boost the sustainable reliable energy transition


Job description

As part of your 4-year PhD project, you will develop novel Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based algorithms for coupling electric mobility and energy systems. You will join the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an employee (PhD contract) and enrol as a PhD at TU Delft. You will be based in Vienna, Austria and travel around two times a year to the Netherlands for research visits of multiple weeks. You will benefit from the professional development programs and facilities of AIT and TU Delft at the same time.

Your PhD project is to investigate how to coordinate charging schedules and how to develop algorithms for self-learning their (changes in) user behaviours from an aggregator perspective. In more detail, how can EV aggregators autonomously learn about the flexibility and patterns of an EV fleet carrying uncertain user behaviours? You will develop algorithms to coordinate EV schedules considering user behaviour, reliability and self-learning. There, you will make different algorithmic design choices depending on the control architecture. For example, deep reinforcement learning may suit sequential decision-making problems under uncertainty. You will test your algorithms on possible system designs where flexibility is valued when considering capacity limitations and sector coupling.

AIT and TU Delft are launching the "AI research in energy system planning and operations" program forming a new expert team combining their strength. In this program, we combine ground-breaking AI methods with the reliable theory of the physical energy system. The area of data-driven scientific computing promises to incorporate statistics, time-frequency analysis, low-dimensional model reductions, and other techniques to extract information from data. With AI, we make such valuable information for managing and planning complex energy systems. At TU Delft, your academic supervisors are Dr. Jochen Cremer (daily supervisor) and Prof. Mathijs de Weerdt. At AIT, your supervisors are Tara Esterl and Dr. Matthias Prandtstetter.



  • A MSc degree in either Machine Learning, Robotics, Control Systems, Operations Research or in Power/Energy Systems, Electrical Engineering, etc.
  • Demonstrated competences in one or more of these categories: AI, computer/data science, machine learning, energy system modelling, dynamic systems, power systems or another relevant field.
  • An affinity with teaching and guiding students
  • A proven record and interest in further developing your modelling, programming, analytical and scientific writing skills
  • An affinity with energy and power systems, with net-zero carbon targets, technical challenges
  • The minimum requirement of a TOEFL score of 100 IELTS of 7.0 per sub-skill (writing, reading, listening, speaking) applies to all PhD candidates.
  • The ability to work in a team, take initiative, be results oriented and systematic



Conditions of employment

You will be employed at Austrian Institute of Technology and you will be based in Vienna, Austria. Your employment will involve travelling to the Netherlands for research stays of several weeks at TU Delft. At AIT you can expect EUR 31.326,4 gross per year, for 30 hours / week, plus additional company benefits. You will be part of the international AIT PhD community and participate in the AIT PhD framework programme. As research institution and university, AIT and TU Delft are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses and we are looking forward to supporting you!

At AIT and TU Delft, the promotion of women is important to us - that's why we are especially looking forward to applications from female candidates!


TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer
science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the
technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our
faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans
and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using
single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic
eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate
innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong
international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and
study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and
Computer Science.

The AIT is Austria's largest Research and Technology Organisation, significantly impacting socially relevant future infrastructure topics. AIT is positioned as an international key player in the research and scientific community, leading in many infrastructure topics worldwide. At the AIT Center for Energy, over 250 experts are developing sustainable solutions for our future energy system under the leadership of Wolfgang Hribernik. The Center combines longstanding experience and scientific excellence with high-quality laboratory infrastructure and a global network offering companies innovative applied research services, thus providing them with a competitive edge in this promising market. The thematic portfolio of the Center for Energy focuses on three critical systems: sustainable energy supply systems, decarbonisation of industrial processes and facilities, and innovative technologies and solutions for cities and the built environment.

TU Delft is a top-tier university and is exceedingly active in the field of Artificial intelligence, and TU Delft's campus has strong expertise in energy systems. Energy systems are the backbone of our modern society but are becoming increasingly complex and challenging to operate as renewable energy, heating and transport sectors are integrated into the system. It's crucial that energy systems are sustainable, reliable and effective, now and in the future. Recognising the transformational power of AI, TU Delft has launched a significant cross-faculty AI initiative where you will affiliate with the Delft AI Energy Lab, focusing on developing AI-based algorithms for operating sustainable and dynamical energy systems. You will affiliate with TU Delft's Algorithmic group to design and understand the fundamental properties of planning and coordination algorithms for intelligent decision-making in real-world applications, such as coordinating electrical loads within network constraints.


Additional information

For information about this vacancy and the selection procedure, please contact Jochen Cremer, Assistant Professor.


Application procedure

The applications for this post should be submitted via the application button before 31 January 2023.  A motivation letter can be addressed to Dr. J. Cremer.

Submit the following in three pdf files:

  • (pdf 1) 1-page Motivation letter and your CV;
  • (pdf 2) a (part of your) M.Sc. thesis or a paper that you have written, in which you demonstrate your writing skills,
  • (pdf 3) your MSc and BSc transcripts of grades and courses taken.

Please highlight in your motivation letter and/or CV examples of projects and achievements that demonstrate your relevant competences.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.