PhD Scholarship in Analysis of High Frequency Energy Consumption Data, Technical University of Denmark

Publish Date: Apr 03, 2015

Deadline: Apr 17, 2015

Systems Analysis Division, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the analysis of high frequency ('smart meter') energy consumption data. The PhD student will contribute to the research of the strategic research center IT-Intelligent Energy Systems in Cities (CITIES). CITIES is funded with a budget of €10 million from The Innovation Fund Denmark and a wide range of industrial and academic partners. Research activities are initiated in CITIES in order to support the Danish target of a 100% renewable energy system by 2050 with solutions for future smart cities. The goal of CITIES is to provide research results which will lead to IT-solutions for future smart cities that spread across the dimensions of time, space and detail. More information is available at

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD student will apply and develop statistical, econometric and related methods to analyze high frequency (smart meter) data of electricity and heat, which can be used by businesses and individuals to decrease energy usage, shift load and save money. The work includes demand forecasting, computing consumption profiles, analyzing socio-economic and behavioral data, identifying outliers, and contributing to thermo-dynamic building modelling. The main tasks will be to:

  • Analyse high-frequency energy consumption data related to the CITIES project
  • Create and apply models including energy consumption, behavioural, socio-economic and physical variables.
  • Participate in project-related meetings and management tasks
  • Publish research papers in international journals and conference proceedings
  • Assist in the teaching and supervision of students

Candidates should have a master's degree in economics, statistics, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. The applicant should furthermore be familiar with time series modelling of high frequency data or related econometric and statistical methods.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Per Sieverts Nielsen, Henrik Madsen and Simon Bolwig.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Per Sieverts Nielsen, tel.: +45 4677 5165 or

You can read more about the Department of Management Engineering on

Please submit your online application no later than 17 April, 2015. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The research at the Department of Management Engineering contributes to new knowledge about planning, production and management and hereby contributes to the development of innovative decision support systems and optimisation of products and production in both the public and the private sector. See

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.



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