2-year Postdoc in real-time carbon tracing and accounting 1018147

2-year Postdoc in real-time carbon tracing and accounting 1018147

Aarhus University

Aarhus C, Denmark

Green certificates are one of the important instruments to speed-up climate change mitigation by supporting investments in renewable energy. However, as the penetration of variable renewable energy from, e.g. wind and solar increase, it becomes harder to argue that the owner of a green certificate can in-fact use the generated power. In this project, the aim is to show-case new methods for real-time carbon accounting where, e.g. a large industrial consumer will be able to document to what extend a demand may be served, in time and space, by a particular portfolio of generators. For this purpose, the Danish electricity network will be used as a study-case. The project will include the following major tasks: Disaggregation of renewable energy time series, modeling and tracing of hourly energy flows in the electricity network, and operation and optimization of a green portfolio of, e.g. wind, solar, hydro or biogas units.

The position is available from:
February 1, 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Your profile
Applicants must hold a PhD in engineering or a related field. The ideal candidate for the project has high academic standards and a strong drive to develop new solutions that may spark new innovations in society. For the project, the following key skills are required:

  • Domain knowledge of renewable energy technologies. In particular, wind power, solar power and biogas.
  • Domain knowledge of energy markets and carbon accounting.
  • Experience with programming, especially numerical data analysis and modeling. Experience with Python is an advantage.
  • Experience with the use of real-world data related to energy, e.g. grid data, energy demand and generation time series data, and weather data.
  • Good scientific writing and presentation skills.
  • The ability to work independently with the overall project targets.

About the project
The position is offered at Aarhus University, Department of Engineering and will be funded by the APPLAUS project, which is concerned with CO2 neutral energy supply for large data centers. The postdoc position, described above, will be anchored in the Renewable Energy and Thermodynamics research group (http://eng.au.dk/om-ingenioervidenskab/organisation/mekanik/renewable-energy-and-thermodynamics/).

The place of work is Inge Lehmannsgade 10, Aarhus C, Denmark and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact: Associate professor, Gorm B. Andresen, +45 29426179, gba@eng.au.dk

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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All applications must be made online and received by: 06.01.2019

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