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PhD student (f/m) "Dynamic modeling and optimization of power-to-X technologies in industrial energy systems"

Advertising institute: IEK-10 - Energy Systems Engineering
Reference number: 2017-143

IEK-10 focuses on the development of tailor-made models and algorithms for simulation and optimization of decentralized, integrated energy systems. Such systems are characterized by high spatial and temporal variability of energy supply and demand as well as by a high degree of interdependence of material and energy flows. Research at IEK-10 aims to provide scalable and real-time capable methods and tools which enable the energy-optimal, cost-efficient and safe design and operation of future energy systems.

We are looking to recruit a

PhD student (f/m) "Dynamic modeling and optimization of power-to-X technologies in industrial energy systems"

Your Job:

Power-to-X technologies will help to stabilize the electricity grid in times of high renewable electricity production and enable the use of renewable energies beyond the power sector. Especially in industrial energy systems, a variety of options exist to integrate surplus power. Given these manifold options, it is necessary to understand the interplay between components to ensure an optimal and safe operation of the industrial energy system. For that purpose, a dynamic model library for Power-to-X technologies using the modeling language Modelica should be developed within the thesis. In a next step, this library is used to model and optimize the operation of an industrial energy system provided by a cooperation partner. In particular, you will address the challenge of optimal operation regarding cost, energy efficiency, and security of supply given fluctuating electricity.

Your Profile:

• Excellent university degree in computational engineering science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, industrial engineering, or a relevant discipline
• Expertise in modeling of dynamic energy systems
• Expertise in the field of mathematical optimization
• Expertise in Python and Modelica is highly welcome
• High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to show initiative and work independently
• Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
• Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

  • A highly motivated research group in one of the biggest research centers in Europe
  • An excellent scientific and technical infrastructure: both necessary conditions for a successful PhD thesis within three years
  • Participation in project meetings and conferences
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development
Anja Schurf
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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