Scientist/Postdoc (m/f/d) Exploiting the transmission grid for energy system integration - Exploiting the transmission grid for energy system integration

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI)

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

A 2-year postdoctoral position is available in the Energy System Modelling group in the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Are you concerned about the impacts of global warming? Do you want to put your strong analytic skills in the service of the energy transition?

In this project you will help to understand how the existing transmission network can best be used in an integrated energy system with low greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing shares of renewable energy and increasing international trade are both putting pressure on the electricity grid, at the same as public acceptance issues are making it harder to build new transmission lines. You will develop new algorithms to optimise the operation of the electricity grid so that it remains stable and safe at all times, even when single elements fail. You will investigate new security concepts that allow higher loading of power lines through reactive rather than preventative security, as well as new technologies that allow existing transmission lines to be better exploited (such as high temperature conductors and dynamic line rating). These aspects will be explored from both a technical and economic point of view.

The existing free software modelling tool Python for Power System Analysis (PyPSA) will be further developed to support the modelling aims of the project. To ensure full transparency, all software, data and publications generated in the project will be made publicly available under open licences.

We offer you an inspiring, international and interdisciplinary work environment at one of the world’s leading research institutes, and an opportunity to have a high-impact contribution to the research literature and the policy debate surrounding the energy transition.

Further information about the group and our projects can be found here:


A doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, economics or related numerate disciplines.Excellent analytical skills and experience in theoretical and applied modelling.Experience of power flow modelling and optimisation.Knowledge of energy system engineering and/or economics.Programming experience (any language, but the project will mostly be in Python and Julia).Commitment to full transparency in research methods, data and publications.

The position is available from 1st August 2019. Please send a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of publications, the contact details of two referees and a sample of your work using the application form in this advert. The application process closes on 30th June 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Brown (

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