Postdoc (CWI, Amsterdam, 13 months): Multi-agent Systems for Smart Energy Cooperatives. Project Grid-Friends

Energy systems are currently in a revolutionary transition, due to the increasing inclusion of sustainable energy sources. Whereas in the past, energy supply was determined by demand and was supplied centrally, in the future, demand and increasingly decentralized supply will need to respond to each other. Their balancing requires a combination of adjusting conventional generation, exploiting efficient storage technologies and implementing demand response with corresponding incentives thereof. Balancing activities may take place on multiple scales, from the individual household to the European or even an envisioned global grid. This project addresses balancing control and incentives pertinent to smart energy cooperatives within the European project GridFriends, whose proposal has been selected and ranked #1 in the ERANET SmartGrid+ program.

Job description

Energy systems are currently in a revolutionary transition, due to the increasing inclusion of sustainable energy sources. Whereas in the past, energy supply was determined by demand and was supplied centrally, in the future, demand and increasingly decentralized supply will need to respond to each other. Their balancing requires a combination of adjusting conventional generation, exploiting efficient storage technologies and implementing demand response with corresponding incentives thereof. Balancing activities may take place on multiple scales, from the individual household to the European or even an envisioned global grid. This project addresses balancing control and incentives pertinent to smart energy cooperatives within the European project GridFriends, whose proposal has been selected and ranked #1 in the ERANET SmartGrid+ program.

The aims of this project are to develop fundamental and applicable solutions for residential energy cooperatives, drawing on tools and techniques from sequential multi-agent decision-making under uncertainty, (evolutionary) game theory and market mechanism design. The project is a European collaboration and includes next to another research institute two pilot sites, Schoonschip in Amsterdam and one in Cologne. The vacant postdoc position will primarily develop algorithms and mechanisms for strategic interactions, preference elicitation, negotiation, and distributed control in face of uncertainty, and will closely collaborate with other project team members for the implementation of lab and field tests.

The successful applicant will contribute to the research group's ambition to develop and mature fundamental principles that find applications in practical intelligent systems. The position is embedded in a diverse team of motivated junior and senior researchers with experience and ongoing complementary projects on topics such as (deep) multi-agent learning, negotiation, smart energy systems, and more. Group alumnis have moved on to excellent positions in academia and industry, making it a cornerstone in their career path.

Requirements

Postdocs are required to have a Ph.D. in computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, or in comparable areas. Candidates that are expected to finish their dissertation in the near future can also apply. Candidates should have a clear interest in fundamental research, should be creative and solid in their research, should have interest in multi-agent systems and in the application area of electricity networks, and should be able to cooperate with experts from different disciplines. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of English, and experience in academic writing and presentation.

Terms and conditions

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from ca. € 3409 to € 4848. The appointment will be for a period of 13 months, with a preferred starting date of April 1, 2018.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment:

www.cwi.nl/terms-of-employment

Application

Applications can be sent to apply@cwi.nl. Selection will start at 11 March 2018 until the position is filled. All applications should include

- a motivation letter, explaining the interest in the proposed research fields

- a detailed CV,

- names and contact details of at least two referees, and

- a list of publications, and a link to the PhD thesis, if available.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required.

 

For more information about the vacancies, please contact

  1. Michael Kaisers

Tel. +31 (0)20 592 4035

Email: Michael.Kaisers@cwi.nl

Website of research group “Intelligent and Autonomous Systems (IAS)”:

https://www.cwi.nl/research/groups/intelligent-autonomous-systems

 

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video “A Fundamental Difference” about working at CWI.

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses. CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.