PhD position in the field of “Optimal data-driven models for optimization-based design of energy systems”

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-10 – Modellierung von Energiesystemen



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Your Job:


Optimization-based design of future energy systems requires high-fidelity simulation of components. However, such simulations often comprise complex mechanistic models hidden in specialized simulation software together with numerical solvers, making their use in mathematical optimization practically intractable. A common approach to overcome this problem is to train reduced-order models (ROMs) on a set of input-output pairings derived from sampling of the simulation. The scope of this PhD project is to develop methods for systematic construction of data-driven models as ROMs for use in optimization-based design and operation of energy systems. Your tasks in detail:


Develop methods for systematic construction of data-driven ROMs for use in optimization Extend our in-house energy systems modeling framework by efficient formulations and algorithms for optimization with embedded ROMs Apply the new methods and algorithms to challenging design and operations problems


Your Profile:


Excellent degree (Master, Diploma) in computational engineering, energy/process systems engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or a relevant discipline Expert knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Python and C++) Expertise in numerical optimization and machine learning Excellent skills in spoken and written English: TOEFL or equivalent evidence of English-speaking skills Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team A high level of scholarship as indicated, for example, by bachelor and master study transcripts and two reference letters

Our Offer:


3 year position Pay in line with 100 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) Unique HDS-LEE graduate school program A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe’s largest research establishments Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree Chance of participating in (international) conferences Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor Doctoral degree conferred by RWTH Aachen University Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training Programme

Further information on HDS-LEE is available at: www.hds-lee.de/Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.



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Quote Reference: 2019D-126

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