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PhD Student Position Theoretical Physics / Control Engineering (m/f/d) Job ID 18-44

Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited, English-language research university in Bremen. We are offering Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first class research and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, approximately 1,400 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

The department Physics and Earth Sciences invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date as a

PhD Student Position Theoretical Physics / Control Engineering (m/f/d)

(Full-time, limited)

Job ID 18-44

Topic: Optimization problems in power grids from methods of statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics


Funding of this PhD-position is available for three years, starting in January 2019 or later. The project is part of a larger joint research activity on collective nonlinear dynamics of power grids. Six other universities/ research institutions will be involved in the project.


Your Research Topics:

  • analyze optimization problems such as trade-offs between costs and risks (research topic)
  • study the impact of trade on the energy market on the physical grid stability
  • analyze other sources of uncertainty such as heterogeneous consumption, production and inertia.
  • develop or modify algorithms like message passing to the solution of these optimization tasks
  • use master equations or agent based modeling where adequate.

Your qualifications:

  • master or diploma degree, primarily background in theoretical physics (statistical physics and/or nonlinear dynamics)
  • very good programming skills in C, or FORTRAN, or PYTHON
  • strong interest in analytical calculations and in methods from statistical physics

Your application:

Interested applicants should submit their application as a PDF document via Email to Prof. Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns (h.ortmanns [at], including their CV (together with latest certificates), a summary of previous research, a motivation letter explaining their interest in the topic of the thesis, and contact information for two or three possible referees.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.