Youcef received his PhD in Electronic engineering from University of Bejaia, Algeria in 2021. His previous research was focused on Modeling, simulation, and optimal control of Marine current energy converters, renewable energies, hybrid energy systems. Youcef joined The Czech Technical University (CTU) of Prague, Czech Republic in 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher working on hybrid energy systems for Smart cities, energy management and control of Electrical Vehicles.

In July 2022 Youcef joined the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at Maynooth University as a postdoctoral researcher to work on the development of numerical optimization-based control strategies for the linear and nonlinear models of wave energy converter arrays.