PhD student position – Modelling and Optimization of Weakly Coupled Minigrids under Uncertainty

The position is tied to the MATH+ Cluster of excellence project AA4-10:

“Modelling and Optimization of Weakly Coupled Minigrids under Uncertainty”.

The project investigates the design and optimal operation of green minigrids in rural Africa, combining renewable energy sources with batteries and diesel generators in weak coupling to the main grid. The research comprises control strategies for the daily operation, accounting also for battery degradation and bi-level optimization problems for the design of minigrids respecting probabilistic constraints.

We are looking for candidates with a master’s degree and a strong background in applied mathematics or computational electrical engineering. Prior knowledge in optimal control, stochastic optimization or circuit simulation are beneficial.

The full job announcement can be found here.

Please direct scientific queries to Prof. Dietmar Hömberg (

The appointment is limited until 31.03.2025. The reduced work schedule is 29,25 hours per week, and the salary is according to the German TVoeD Bund scale.

The Weierstrass Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We explicitly encourage female researchers to apply for the offered position. Among equally qualified applicants, disabled candidates will be given preference.

Please upload complete application documents including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and photocopies of relevant certificates as soon as possible and no later than 20.03.2022 via our online job-application facility using the button “Apply online”.

We are looking forward to your application!