PhD position "Evaluation and Optimization of Heating and Cooling Supply in Multi-Modal Energy Systems"

Research Center Jülich - FZJ - Helmholtz Association

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-10 - Modellierung von Energiesystemen


Area of research:

PHD Thesis


Job description:

Your Job:

Current transformations in Germany’s energy system lead to higher shares of renewable energies, more dynamic operation, and stronger coupling between different between subsystems such as for electricity, heating, and cooling. In this context, the scope of this thesis is to evaluate and optimize the heating and cooling supply’s role in a future multi-modal energy system. This involves modeling different technology options in the modeling language Modelica with the aim of evaluating energy demands, costs, and emissions. In addition, the coupling to other parts of the energy system like electric and gas grids is of particular interest. To facilitate usage of the models and visualize results, this work also involves collaboration on a web-based optimization platform.

Your Profile:

Excellent university degree in computational engineering science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, industrial engineering, or a relevant discipline. Expertise in modeling of dynamic energy systems Expertise in the field of mathematical optimization Expertise in Python, Javascript, and Modelica is highly welcome High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years Excellent organizational skills and the ability to show initiative and work independently Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

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 within three years Participation in project meetings and conferences Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life Limited for 3 years Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Salary grade 13 (50%) TVöD-Bund

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


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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2017-171

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