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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Power System Planning and Operation under high shares of Renewable Energy

Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The research pertains to ongoing work within the Power Systems Research Group (PSRG) in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at Stellenbosch University, in close collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. PSRG’s focus areas include understanding sources of uncertainty and variability in the modern power system, developing appropriate energy and network models, and evaluating the associated techno-economic impacts. Additionally, the group endeavours to develop computational tools to support the planning and operations of power systems with high penetration of renewable energy resources.

Responsibilities:

  • The postdoctoral candidate will contribute to the research activities within the areas of energy modelling and grid impact assessment. The results of the research are expected to be published in high-impact factor journals, as well as top international conferences. Limited mentoring and supervision of post-graduate students within the Power Systems Research Group will also be required. The fellowship is available for one year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Requirements

•PhD (must have graduated within the last five years)
•Excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal)
•Experience in one or more of the following fields: grid integration studies, hosting capacity analyses, energy modelling, and load modelling.
•Familiarity with power system software such as DigSilent Powerfactory, Plexos, OpenDSS, and PowerPanda
•Good programming command in MATLAB and Python
•Familiarity with South African grid codes, regulations and policies will be beneficial.

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Commencement of duties: As soon as possible
Closing date: 15 March 2024
Application process: Send a letter of application, accompanied by a 2-page curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a link to the candidate’s PhD thesis, and the names and contact details of two referees, to Prof Bernard Bekker, bbekker@sun.ac.za

Host: Prof Bernard Bekker, SARChI chair in Power System Simulation, and Associate Director at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Engineering Faculty, Stellenbosch University.

Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and their fellowships are awarded tax-free. They are therefore not eligible for employee benefits.

Vacancy: Postdoctral Research Fellowship in Fuzzy Logic Algorithms

University of Fort Hare

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • There is an ever-increasing need to utilise sophisticated artificial intelligence to improve the
    usage factor of renewable energy systems. The projects aims at using state-of-the art software
    and fuzzy logic methodologies as machine learning tools for the forecasting of PV system
    performance.

Responsibilities:

• Successful formulation, design and application of Fuzzy Logic and Machine Learning Algorithms
• Utilisation of these algorithms for accurate short-term photovoltaic performance predictions
• Ability to use various Fuzzy data mining techniques
• Development of multi-rule-based Fuzzy Decision models applied to photovoltaic performance

Requirements

• Doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Physics, or related field obtained
within the last 4 years
• A minimum of 3 years relevant experience in the abovementioned research areas
• A track record of publications in DHET accredited journals

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Enquiries and further details regarding this post, may be directed to Dr. O. Ndiweni via email:
ondiweni@ufh.ac.za. Applications must be sent to postdocs@ufh.ac.za and cc Dr. Ndiweni on or before
22 March 2024. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not received feedback within 3
weeks of the closing date.