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Postdoc - Digital Transformation for Renewable Energy Systems

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
19 Aug 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

Work group:

IEK-13 - Modellierung und Simulation von Werkstoffen in der Energietechnik

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

Your Job:

We invite applications for a 1-year Postdoctoral Researcher position, with the possibility of extension based on performance, within a leading EU-funded project aimed at accelerating the adoption and digital transformation in the renewable energy sector. This initiative seeks to harness the latest advancements in cloud computing solutions, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and engineering management to advance the integration and optimization of renewable energy technologies, from hydrogen and battery systems to broader renewable sources. The project`s goal is to facilitate open science processes, ensure data quality and analysis-tool maturity, and enhance the efficiency of renewable energy systems through digital integration.

Your Job:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a sophisticated data framework for cloud-based services, specifically focusing on renewable energy systems like hydrogen and battery storage.
  • Apply FAIR data principles to enhance data management and accessibility across the project, establishing a robust infrastructure for data sharing and utilization.
  • Work collaboratively with project partners to integrate digital artifacts into a comprehensive validation framework, ensuring best practices in data validation and tool maturity are met.
  • Design and deploy enterprise-grade software components for monitoring and optimizing renewable energy technologies, leveraging expertise in engineering, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.
  • Develop and synergize metadata and ontologies, crafting a first-generation recommendation model for a metadata marketplace, enhancing data interoperability across platforms.

Your Profile:

  • Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field with a focus on renewable energy systems, data analytics, or artificial intelligence.
  • Demonstrated experience in programming, particularly in Python, Django, or similar frameworks, with a robust understanding of data extraction and machine learning models.
  • Advanced programming skills and substantial experience in software development related to digital services.
  • Exceptional collaborative and communication skills, fluent in English, and capable of effective teamwork in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Additional knowledge or interest in cloud computing solutions (private/on-premise/public) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will be considered an asset.

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!. What we offer:

  • A role within a prestigious EU-funded project significantly impacting Europe’s transition to a green economy.
  • Collaboration with a consortium of top-tier research institutions and industry partners across Europe.
  • Access to state-of-the-art research facilities and advanced computational resources.
  • A dynamic and supportive research environment with extensive opportunities for professional development and networking.
  • A competitive salary and benefits package, in line with European standards.
  • Open-minded and stimulating discussion culture
  • A dynamic and supportive research environment with extensive opportunities for professional development and networking
  • Optimal conditions for balancing work and private life as well as a family-conscious company policy
  • Comprehensive company health management and various sports activities (including a beach volleyball court, running groups, yoga classes and much more)
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position (39 hours/week) with the option of slightly reduced working hours

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is initially for a fixed term of 1 year. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), pay group 13, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

Please submit your application including a detailed CV, a cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, and copies of relevant academic certificates. Indicate your contribution to relevant projects or publications that demonstrate your expertise in digital technologies and renewable energy systems.

Join us in shaping the future of renewable energy through digital innovation and advanced engineering. Be part of a dynamic team contributing to Europe’s green transition and the development of sustainable, efficient energy systems.

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.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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