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PhD position "Model-based design and operation of integrated energy systems"

Advertising institute: IEK-10 - Energy Systems Engineering
Reference number: 2017-188

Energy Systems Modeling (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 position "Model-based design and operation of integrated energy systems"

Your Job:

Model-based design and control strategies are essential for the optimal design and the optimal operation of decentralized energy systems with a high share of renewable energy.

  • To derive models for integrated energy systems based on data-driven and mechanistic approaches for the purpose of real-time control and/or optimization-based design of large-scale integrated networks
  • The thesis shall cover the entire workflow comprising model derivation and training, investigation of key properties, and model application in the context of optimization (model predictive control and/or model-based design)
  • Development of a uniform software platform and the investigation of case studies shall be performed in close collaboration with other PhD students at IEK-10

Your Profile:

  • Excellent university degree in computational engineering science, energy/process systems engineering, mechanical engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • Expertise in modeling of energy systems
  • Expertise in numerical optimization
  • Expert knowledge of at least one programming language
  • Knowledge of Python, C/C++ and Modelica is highly welcome
  • Expertise in machine learning is highly welcome
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team

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 starting a future career in science and/or industry
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, 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 analog salary grade 13 (50%) 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 and Recruiting
Anja Schurf
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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