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Reference number: 2021D-035


At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Energy Systems Engineering (IEK-10 we focus on the development of 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. Our research aims to provide scalable and faster than 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 - Development and application of high-performance models for the analysis of European energy systems

Your Job:

  • Modelling and analysis of the European energy markets
  • Modeling and analysis of Europeans power and gas grids
  • Development of energy scenarios
  • Development of a data basis and models for the erngy infrastructures of the European Electricity market
  • Development and programming af a simulation platform that is able to capture the interaction between markets and grids using HPC infrastructures
  • Development of integrated software tools for automated data analysis
  • Integration of web interfaces for user-friendly operation and application

Your Profile:

  • Very well completed scientific university studies in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Energy economist
  • Strong mathematical background
  • Very good knowledge of European Energy Markets and their regulation
  • Interest in energy systems and energy infrastructures, especially regarding power and gas grids
  • Very good knowledge of modelling, preferably of energy systems
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C, C++)
  • Ability to accurate handle big data
  • Experience with HPC infrastructures are welcome
  • Excellent ability for cooperative collaboration
  • Very good communication skills in English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Possibility of pursuing a PhD at RWTH Aachen University supervised by Prof. Benigni
  • 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 at RWTH Aachen within three and a half years
  • Participation in project meetings and conferences
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and / or the industry
  • Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

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We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

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