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MSCA-COFUND-CLEAR-Doc - PhD Position #CD22-64: Electric vehicles charging integration through MicroGrids


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Université Gustave Eiffel
Research Field
Engineering » Electrical engineering
Engineering » Control engineering
Engineering » Systems engineering
Engineering » Electronic engineering
Mathematics » Applied mathematics
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First Stage Researcher (R1)
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H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
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Offer Description

The NO and CO2 emission reduction targets agreed in COP21 and the Paris Agreement are ambitious and require a profound transformation in society’s way of life and production. One of these transformations is the insertion of the electric vehicle since, the transport sector is one of the most polluting among human activities. The electrification of the transports generates several technical and technological challenges for the road, energy, and automotive industry. One of these challenges is the need to develop a charging infrastructure for these new vehicles. It is important to realize that electric vehicles are becoming a reality in several countries, in particular in Europe, where currently 20% new vehicle sales are electric.

At the same time, the electrical power system is currently undergoing a dramatic change from centralized generation to distributed generation. Most of these distributed/renewable-energy generators comprise variable-frequency Alternative Current (AC) sources, high-frequency AC sources, or Direct Current (DC) sources, and hence, they need power converters to interface with the public-utility grid that is currently in AC. The distributed generation is in addition often located in the low or medium voltage grids, who were not designed to integrate generation. Furthermore, most storage systems like batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells are in DC, while modern loads like electric vehicles, computers, tablets and cell phones are also in DC.

MicroGrids, and in particular mixed AC/DC MicroGrids, are an interesting solution for the integration of electric vehicles, distributed/renewable sources, storage systems and modern loads. It is then expected in the future to see the rise of such MicroGrids with island capabilities. For this reason, it is capital to study the control and management of such DC and AC MicroGrids, in particular the possibility of using the DC one to provide ancillary services to the AC one. With the advent of different charging technologies, this scenario becomes more complex. Dynamic and semi-dynamic wireless charging stations, bi-directional and fast charging are some examples of the future charging infrastructure for all kinds of electric vehicles. In an urban scenario, these systems need to be integrated with the actual power grid infrastructure or a new one needs to be designed. On the other hand, electric vehicles provide storage capacity connected to the grid, and that may be used to support this grid, most likely in parallel to stationary storage systems. This support is particularly important concerning very fast ancillary services that are capital for the future electric grid.

Another important point in this future grid comes from the fact that the increase of power converters, and the interaction with DC MicroGrids, will continuously reduce the amount of inertia, ultimately leading to MicroGrids only composed of power electronics, and as a consequence, inertia-less. One of the most important challenges for systems with small amount of inertia like islanded MicroGrids is that they are more sensitive to system disturbances due to less stored energy to compensate energy imbalances and to slow the rate of change in frequency. In small power systems, individual generators tend to be large in comparison with the system size and the electricity demand. A loss of a generation unit is hence likely to result in a large percentage of imbalance in the power system. This all means that for example in the event of a sudden generator malfunction, the power system frequency will fall very quickly and there is a high likelihood of a power system black out.

The proposed work means to investigate how to use MicroGrids to connect electric vehicles charging (dynamic and static) to legacy power grid, to local distributed energy sources, storage systems, and the Smart City. The main goal is to stabilize and manage this grid based on the control of power inverters, and in particular MicroGrids, to provide inertia emulation and to help stabilizing the reduced inertia main AC grid. This is a strategic topic for future distribution grids and will allow their development aiming to mitigate the effect of future increase of DC elements as renewables, electric vehicles and storage systems like batteries and supercapacitors.

Therefore, the main topics addressed at this work are:

• Design of MicroGrids for interconnecting electric vehicles to the main grid

• MicroGrids control and stabilization

• New charging infrastructure technologies and their impact on the grid (dynamic wireless charging)

• Electric vehicles as a load, storage, and service provider

• Power electronics converters control

• Renewable energy power sources and energy storage integration in a MicroGrid

• AC, DC, and mixed MicroGrids


Research Field
Education Level
Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.

Additional Information

  • High-quality doctoral training rewarded by a PhD degree, delivered by Université Gustave Eiffel
  • Access to cutting-edge infrastructures for research & innovation.
  • Appointment for a period of 36 months based on a salary of 2 700 € (gross salary per month).
  • Job contract under the French labour legislation in force, respecting health and safety, and social security: 35 hours per week contract, 25 days of annual leave per year.
  • International mobility will be mandatory
  • An international environment supported by the adherence to the European Charter & Code.
  • Access to dedicated CLEAR-Doc trainings with a strong interdisciplinary focus, together with a Career development Plan.
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career (career breaks excluded) and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Career breaks refer to periods of time where the candidate was not active in research, regardless of his/her employment status (sick leave, maternity leave etc). Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must fulfil the transnational mobility rule: incoming applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 previous years.

One application per call per year is allowed.

Applicants must be available full-time to start the programme on schedule (November 1st 2023).

Application rules are enforced by the French doctoral system which specifies a standard duration of 3 years for a full-time PhD together with the MSCA standards and the OTM-R European rules as follows.

Citizens of any nationality may apply to the programme.

There is no age limit.

Selection process

Please refer to the Guide for Applicants available on the CLEAR-Doc website:

Additional comments
  • The First step before applying is contacting the PhD supervisor. You will not be able to apply without an acceptation letter from the PhD supervisor.
  • International mobility planned: the Applicant will have a international mobility at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).
  • Please contact the PhD supervisor for any additional detail on job offer.
  • There are no restrictions concerning the age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Applicants with career breaks or variations in the chronological sequence of their career, with mobility experience or with interdisciplinary background or private sector experience are welcome to apply.
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Université Gustave Eiffel
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