A Research Platform for Singapore

Software Engineer (Platform for Interconnected Micro-Grid Operation)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:29 April 2020
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (2years)

Project Title: Platform for Interconnected Micro-Grid Operation

Please note that solely Singapore residents (Singapore citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders) who are currently staying in Singapore are eligible to apply.


TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).In TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by professors from the TUM and NTU. The mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore.

About this Position

The research group Electrification Suite & Test Lab (ESTL) in TUMCREATE is working on the topic of microgrid optimization and management in a competitive electricity environment. A project is currently being established with industry partners & local universities to enable the integration of microgrids in the tropical urban environment of Singapore. This project aims at creating the platform for interconnected micro-grid operation (PRIMO) which is capable of (1) operating the local micro-grid by (2) cost-optimal control of distributed energy systems (DESs), (3) coordination with neighbouring micro-grids and (4) participation in the national electricity market. This software framework needs to integrate the numerical optimization algorithms from previous work at TUMCREATE with the required communication interfaces to facilitate the coordination of DESs and participation in the energy market.

The goal of this work will be to develop the software architecture and implement the fundamental building blocks of the PRIMO software framework to a proof-of-concept state. The main tasks are:

  1. Preparation of a detailed model for a microgrid test case based on DES models from previous work at TUMCREATE and data supplied from project partners.
  2. Development of the software architecture based on the optimal microgrid operation and coordination algorithms from previous work at TUMCREATE.
  3. Implementation of the communication interfaces for integration of DES assets and interaction with the energy market.


What we expect

  • Excellent degree in software engineering, electrical engineering or related discipline
  • Excellent academic record and independent, precise and reliable working style
  • Excellent experience with Python & Pandas
  • Ideally, knowledge of Electric Power Flow / Optimal Power Flow / Numerical Optimization
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills in both written and spoken English and ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures

What we offer

  • An attractive salary
  • Exposure to the state-of-the-art research topics
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment
  • Guidance by researchers from world-renowned universities
  • Opportunity for publishing in international journals and conferences
  • Multicultural and dynamic working atmosphere

Enquiries and How to Apply
Please note that solely Singapore residents (Singapore citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders) who are currently staying in Singapore are eligible to apply. Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to kai.zhang@tum-create.edu.sg,sebastian.troitzsch@tum-create.edu.sg,tobias.massier@tum-create.edu.sg.