PhD-Position - Conception, Design and Development of an Electricity and Gas Grid Simulation Platform for System Analysis using an HPC Infrastructure

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-10 – Modellierung von Energiesystemen



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

The Institute of Energy and Climate Research Energy Systems Engineering (IEK-10) focuses 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. Research at 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 quasi dynamic and dynamic simulation of power and gas grids

  • Development and programming of a simulation platform that is able to capture the interaction between different energy grids faster than realtime using HPC infrastructures

  • Development of integrated software tools for automated data analysis, which facilitate sorting and structuring for the user and provide a supportive approach for research by means of integrated administration, interpretation and evaluation mechanisms

  • Development of interfaces to energy market models for the determination of distributed loads and feed-ins

  • Integration of web interfaces for user-friendly operation and application

  • Development of a data basis and models for the energy infrastructures on the campus Forschungszentrum Jülich

  • Validation of the simulation models on the basis of the energy infrastructures of the campus Forschungszentrum Jülich

Your Profile:

  • M. Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer or Computational Engineering Science or a related field with good final grade (German system equivalent 2.0 or better)
  • Strong mathematical background
  • Interest on energy systems and energy infrastructures, especially regarding power and gas grids
  • Knowledge of modelling, preferably of energy systems
  • Very good 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:

  • Possibility of pursuing a PhD at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 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
  • Payment of the PhD position will be based on 75% of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD) EG 13
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019D-237

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