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PhD Position - Negative Emissions - Potentials of Direct Air Capture and Storage Technology to Realize Greenhouse Gas-Neutrality


Achieving greenhouse gas-neutrality is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3), we use models to explore how possible cost-effective transformation strategies have to be designed to achieve this. Become part of our international research team and contribute your ideas and creativity on designing a global greenhouse gas neutral energy system.

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Your Job:

Besides of a strict defossilization, negative emission pathways for taking care of hard to abate emissions need to be trod in order to reach the goal of greenhouse gas-neutrality. Sequestration of CO2 out of the air combined with underground storage can be an important puzzle piece within these pathways. The efficient operation of Direct Air Capture and Storage facilities is dependent on a variety of different site-specific factors. Due to the high electrical and thermal energy needs site-specific assessments of renewable potential is necessary. Local climate conditions can have an impact on the sequestration efficiency and need to be taken into consideration. Geological characteristics vary from site to site and need to be thoroughly assessed. Within your thesis you will combine all of theses factors to allow a model-based site-specific Direct Air Capture and Storage potenial assessment for different regions globally including economic aspects. Your tasks in detail:

  • Modelling of different techniques for sequestering CO2 from the air
  • Utilization and advancement of existing models for assessing global renewable electricity, heat and refrigeration potentials
  • Systematic assessment of global CO2 underground storage potentials
  • Integration of weather and geo data as well as the analysis of technical and economic parameters
  • Conducting site-specific analysis for utilizing Direct Air Capture and Storage

Your Profile:

  • Masters degree in the field of natural science, engineering, industrial-engineering or a related subject
  • Huge interest in energy economics and energy technology
  • Experience in energy system modeling is beneficial
  • Programming skills ideally in Python are an advantage
  • Independent and analytical way of working
  • Reliable and conscientious working style
  • Fluent written and spoken English; German language skills are advantageous

Please feel free to apply for the position even if you do not have all the required skills and knowledge. We may be able to teach you missing skills during your induction.

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:

  • Employment with one of Germany`s top 10 employers according to Glassdoor
  • A highly motivated and international team in one of the largest research institutions in Europe
  • Excellent training, interdisciplinary collaboration and practical insights in questions regarding negative emission technologies within the `Helmholtz Research School for Negative Emission Technologies`
  • Participation in an exciting consortium project with top-class partner institutions
  • Intensive supervision by your academic adviser
  • Best conditions for successful work in home office
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/judocs
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years. 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“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at: https://www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

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

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Last Modified: 31.01.2023