PhD scholarship in Intelligent Maintenance of Transmission Systems with Large Share of AC Cables

Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU
Copenhagen, 2800
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The Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) at the Department of Electrical Engineering invites applications for a PhD scholarship in close cooperation with the Danish TSO Energinet.

In Denmark, the energy system is changing rapidly to more sustainable sources, which involves the installation of wind power generation at geographical locations with high wind potential and rural areas ideal for solar power plants. That requires new transmission lines, which traditionally have been built as overhead lines. Underground power cables are instead commissioned today, due to a strong public opposition to overhead lines. Compared to overhead lines, power cables exhibit a lower failure rate, but when faulty the outage time and costs of repair are both significantly higher.

The primary objective of this PhD is to develop methods for intelligent monitoring and operation of Energinet’s more than 5000 km installed underground cables at transmission level (132 – 400 kV), using existing available data to deploy preventive maintenance regimes and safe dynamic loadability of power cables and its components, hence ensuring low-cost, safe and reliable operation during all the lifetime. In the following 8 years Energinet is to install 4200 km of new 132-150 kV underground cables, at which it is expected the intelligent monitoring solutions developed within this Ph.D. project is to be applied as well.

Responsibilities and tasks

The primary objectives of the PhD project are to expand the understanding of intelligent maintenance regimes of HV underground cable systems, including predictive maintenance routines and smart usage of DTS data including some of the following topics:  

  • Long-term technical and economic consequences of increased use of underground cables and new related technologies
  • Methods for prioritizing maintenance of critical components.
  • Monitoring and digital platforms for state estimations of the cable system incl. DTS data analysis and implementation
  • Dynamic loading of cables and aging
  • Cooperation within national and international fora.


Additional and modified tasks will occur.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree conditioned that they will be graduated latest May 2020.

A candidate with the following qualifications will be preferred:  

  • Knowledge about power or energy systems
  • Experience with analysis of big data and AI methods
  • Familiar with aging mechanisms and models (or ability to learn)
  • Interest in maintenance strategies for complex systems
  • Flair for good communication with many partners in Denmark and abroad
  • Ability to present results in technical reports and prepare scientific papers for publication in international journals.
  • Being self-motivated, enjoy working with complex topics, and thrive in collaboration and teamwork.


Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the 
DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

You can read more about 
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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor, Deputy Head of Center Joachim Holbøll, or Senior Engineer Laurids Bøgesvang, at Energinet..

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at and about the Centre for Electric Power and Energy at

You can read about the TSO Energinet and the Danish transmission system here:


Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2020 (local time).

Apply online

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Contact details of two individuals that can provide a letter of reference
  • A research statement (maximum two pages). Through the research statement, the applicants have the chance to present a research problem that interests them and propose how it might be investigated. The research problem should be related to the topic of the advertised PhD positions, and should preferably include introduction, method and contribution. Applications without a research statement may not be considered.


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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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



DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

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Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU

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Copenhagen, 2800

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