PhD Opportunity - Integration and control of PV-ESS system towards the ZERO dispatch downtime (Job reference # SKH-04)

*Applications are now closed for this position*

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National Institute, University College, Cork, and in collaboration with Amarenco Solar Limited, invites applications for a PhD Studentship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of COSTORE- a project, funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, on exploring the full potential of collocated PV plant and Electrical Energy Storage Systems (ESS) towards the ZERO dispatch downtime. The group is a well-established research team of 22 people with extensive expertise in Smart Grid and renewable energy system integration. We are seeking well-qualified and highly self-motivated applicants to apply for this position.

Key Responsibilities and research objectives

This studentship will focus on designing innovative controls for PV-ESS collocating power plants to reduce the dispatch downtime and simultaneously provide DS3 services. The student will develop the methodology,  framework, use cases and control for PV-ESS to provide the best combination of DS3 and dispatch down oriented services. The control solutions will be validated using the real-time C-HIL and P-HIL environments. The successful applicant will carry out independent and innovative research that will lead to high-impact publications while developing advanced solutions within a research team. We encourage applicants with additional interest in power electronics and control system engineering.

Other responsibilities

  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by and with the support of senior research staff.
  • Collaborate with other colleagues and the industrial partner to achieve the most impactful outcomes.
  • Reporting and presenting the work regularly (internal and external)
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system and required Health & Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • First or upper second-class honours degree in electrical/control engineering, power electronics, or similar with an educational experience of renewable and energy storage systems
  • Demonstrable English language proficiency is essential.
  • Experience with appropriate lab equipment, simulation tools and modelling software (Matlab- Python ).
  • An ability to work independently to a schedule.
  • A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects at the undergraduate level.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement orientation and motivation are encouraged.

Desirable Criteria

  • MSc in a related discipline
  • Experience of power system and nonlinear control theory

This studentship will be based in the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.

For any informal queries, please contact Dr Shafi Khadem (, Dr Mohamed Bahloul (, and Dr Padraig Lyons (

An annual student stipend of €18,500 (tax-free) applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute. Non-EU international students are required to make up the fee deficit (currently approx. €15,000 p.a.), however, a partial fee waiver may be applied under certain circumstances.

The closing date of applications is 31 March, 2022.

Application Instructions

Step 1 – Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference SKH-04 

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.