Postdoc focusing on modelling and simulation of energy network vulnerabilities

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The Swedish Defence University is an internationally renowned university in the area of defence, crisis management and security. We offer a unique academic environment where military and civilian researchers, teachers and students interact. We educate and train top-level executives, experts, and researchers for the task of analyzing and managing current and future crises, security issues and conflicts. The university educates all military officers in the Swedish armed forces and leads the academic progression of the military profession. We conduct research in the areas of Law with a focus on International and Operational Law, Leadership and Command & Control, Military History, Political Science, Systems Science for Defence and Security and War Studies.

The Department of Systems Science for Defence and Security conducts research and education at the intersection of social sciences and engineering. The subject is interdisciplinary and studies how a combination of social and technical components affect the systems used for the defence and security of society. The subject's employees primarily teach within the Officer Programme, the Master's Programme in Defence and Security Systems Development, and the Higher Officer Programme. They also contribute by provided teaching and expertise in other civilian and military education programmes, including contract education commissioned by both governmental and private parties. Research is either financed by grants or commissioned by contract.


The department of Systems Science for Defence and Security is looking for one postdoc for the project “Resilient electricity supply in Sweden: Towards a national crisis energy system (RESISTANCE)”, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten). In this project, we aim to quantify the resilience of the Swedish electricity distribution system to different disruptive scenarios, including natural hazards, technical failures, cyber-attacks and wars. We work in an interdisciplinary team together with researchers from Uppsala University, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, and Department of Psychology. Read more about the project here: The main aim of the announced postdoc is to answer to research question 2: “In different crisis scenarios, how vulnerable is the main electricity network in Sweden?”, in collaborations with researchers from other disciplines working on the remaining research questions.


You will create a graph network model of the Swedish electricity distribution system. You quantify and map risks for disruptions to the electricity distribution system in space and time, based on literature reviews, statistical analyses of publicly available data, and GIS analyses. You will simulate disruptions to the electricity network and model the effects of such disruptions on the electricity supply and number of affected people. You will disseminate your results in peer-reviewed scientific articles, at (international) conferences, reference group meetings and internal seminars. Administrative tasks and tasks related to teaching may be part of your work, up to 20 %.


We are looking for you who has obtained a PhD degree (or equivalent) at the start of the employment, in a relevant area of expertise (e.g. data science, computer science, statistics, geo-information science, engineering). You work independent and with precision. You have good communication skills, and are fluent in English in both reading and writing.


· Experience in collection and preprocessing of quantitative data;

· Experience with graph network analyses;

· Experience in working with energy systems data;

· Experience in modelling and simulation of spatio-temporal data;

· Experience with programming in R, Python and/or Matlab;

· Experience publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles;

· Expertise working with geo-information systems (GIS) and spatial data;

· Swedish language skills.

You enjoy being part of the university's working community. You are present and active so that you can perform your tasks in the best way. You share knowledge and contribute to the Swedish Defense University's professional development, collegial working methods and social community.


Temporary, full-time (100%) employment until 2026-12-31. Starting date as soon as possible or per agreement.

The position is placed in a security class, which requires an approved security clearance with a register check. Swedish and international applicants are welcome.

Applicants who have completed their doctorate no more than three years before the application deadline will be given priority. If there are special reasons, such a degree may have been completed earlier. With special reasons is meant leave due to illness, parental leave, and positions of trust within trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical service or service/assignment relevant to the subject area.

Salary and benefits

Salaries are set individually at the University.

Information about benefits for employees at the Swedish Defence University can be found here.


Your application should include:

· a cover letter including your motivation to apply for this position

· your CV including list of publications and (planned) date of doctorate

· a research plan of max. 2 pages in which you describe your research interest and approach to this specific project

· your previous publications of relevance to this position (optional, max. 10)

The application is submitted via the Swedish Defence University's recruitment system by clicking on the link "Log in and apply for the job" on the advertising page. Mark your application with reference number HF/HR 278/2023.

The complete application must be received by the Swedish Defence University no later than the last day of application at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Contact information

Further information about the position is available from:

Senior associate lecturer Vera van Zoest,, 08 – 553 428 32

Welcome with your application at the latest 2024-01-08.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Efter överenskommelse
Salary Individuell lön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 278/2023
Published 05.Dec.2023
Last application date 08.Jan.2024 11:59 PM CET

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