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Reference number: 2020D-107


In the Institute for Energy and Climate Research – Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3) we are investigating how we can achieve an affordable and climate-resilient energy system and how this could look like. To this end, we develop a wide range of highly complex and very detailed techno-economic models, which we use to take an integrated view of local and global energy systems in order to support the progress of the energy system transformation in the best possible knowledge-based way.

We are offering a

PhD Positions - Energy Systems Modeling

Your Job:

Support us in providing orientation knowledge for politics, industry and society for the success of the energy systems transformation by strengthening our team in the following areas, among others:

  • Renewable energy potentials as a nucleus for all approaches to solving the energy system transformation
  • Sector coupling and integrated infrastructures as backbone of the energy supply system
  • Worldwide trade with renewable resources such as hydrogen, power-to-liquid products, etc. to find the best transformation paths globally
  • Energy scenarios of the complete energy system as a foundation for knowledge-based decision support.

Do you find one of these topics exciting or do you have further innovative ideas? Then send us your application! We are looking forward to welcoming enthusiastic new colleagues who will help us find solutions for the energy revolution. In your application, please also indicate which topic you are particularly interested in.

Depending on the subject area, your tasks may include

  • Conducting scientific studies in the context of energy system modeling (e.g. influence of climate change on renewable energies, integrated infrastructure modeling, holistic energy scenarios)
  • Modeling and implementation of energy systems in Python
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in project meetings and cooperation with internal and external project partners
  • Presentation of your research results at (international) meetings and conferences and publication in relevant journals

Your Profile:

  • Above-average university degree in engineering (energy technology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and management), physics or a comparable degree
  • Knowledge in energy technologies and ideally in energy system modeling and energy economics
  • Programming skills, ideally in Python
  • Fluent English and/or German spoken and written
  • Distinct ability to work in a team as well as the ability to cooperate
  • Independent and analytical working style

Our Offer:

  • Contribute with us to finding solutions for the energy systems transformation
  • A highly motivated and international team in one of the largest research facilities in Europe
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure - optimal conditions for comprehensive system analyses
  • Best conditions for successful work in the home office
  • Possibility to participate in (international) conferences
  • Extensive offer of further education as support for a successful doctorate
  • Usually a contract for a period of 3 years within the framework of a doctorate at RWTH Aachen University
  • Pay in line with 50 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund). Pay higher than the basic pay may be possible.

Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our

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