Link to PhD Application: PhD Application Portal

Position Description

Stony Brook Power Systems Lab seeks Ph.D. students to lead and conduct research in the areas of networked microgrids, AI-Grid, quantum-grid, and formal methods for resilient power grids.

The successful applicant will work with a team in support of various projects and programs. Research focus is on the following:

  • AI-enabled provably resilient power grids.

  • Formal methods for microgrid/macrogrid stability, control, and cybersecurity.

  • Smart Programmable Microgrids.

  • Networked microgrids: distributed safe learning, formal control synthesis and stability.

  • Quantum-enabled smart grid.

  • Wave and wind power systems, ocean power grid, marine microgrids, Internet of Ocean Things.

Position Requirements

  • PhD applicants should have research experience in one of the following: power systems, power electronics, computer sciences or computer engineering, applied mathematics. For BS graduate - top GPA is required; For MS graduate - she or he should have at least one first-author paper accepted or under review, or two first-author papers in proceedings of major conferences.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Willingness to explore new areas, and ability to work with others as part of a project team.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with one or more of the following: microgrids, formal methods and rechability analysis, power system dynamics, eigenanalysis, stability analysis, real-time simulation (RTDS), computer networking, software-defined networking, distributed methods, cybersecurity.

Other Information:

We offer competitive graduate assistantship. Stony Brook University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Stony Brook University's beautiful campus is nestled in the spectacular North Shore of Long Island which is close to New York City. Power Lab at Stony Brook University is a leader in research and education for modernizing America's energy infrastructures, empowering smart & connected communities and cities, and enabling ultra-reliable power distribution and guaranteed cyber-physical resilience. Our lab has jointly attracted a total of $44 million federal and state investment in recent years.

Contact Information:

Please send your CV and a sample paper to Prof. Zhang at, if you are genuinely interested in our research.