PhD position - Use of Hardware Solutions for Modern Energy System Simulation and Control

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-10 – Modellierung von Energiesystemen


Area of research:

PHD Thesis,IT – Computing


Job description:

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 interdependency of material and energy flows. Our research at the IEK-10 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.


Your Job:

  • Analysis of the current state of the art in the simulation and control of energy systems with the aid of specialized computer hardware (e.g. based on FPGAs)
  • Definition of innovative methods for the simulation and control of multi-modal energy systems based on application-specific instruction-set processors
  • Development of test cases and scenarios for the evaluation of implemented methods
  • Validation of the approaches with benchmarks and real-world energy system models (data is, for instance, available from research projects such as Living Lab Energy Campus)
  • Evaluation of defined methods` performance using last generation computer hardware and Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) approaches

Your Profile:

  • M.Sc. in Computer / Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a comparable course of studies
  • Advanced knowledge of at least one of the following subject areas: logic synthesis (preferably application-specific instruction-set processors), hardware description, or computer network technologies as well as link layer protocols (preferably Aurora)
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in programming in at least two of the following languages: C, Assembler, SystemC, VHDL, Verlog, a high level synthesis (HLS) language
  • Excellent ability for cooperative collaboration
  • Very good communication skills in English
  • Preferably knowledge in implementing electrical circuits and measuring setups or in modeling and simulation of energy systems

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 awarded by the RWTH Aachen University and supervised by Prof. Benigni
  • A highly motivated research group in one of the biggest research centres in Europe
  • An excellent scientific and technical infrastructure: both necessary conditions for a successful PhD thesis at RWTH Aachen within 3,5 years
  • Participation in project meetings and conferences
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and / or industry
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs www.fz-juelich.de/judocs

  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

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: www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_DocsForschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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.

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Quote Reference: 2021D-024