Postdoc position on modeling optimal integration of new energy technologies in the future sustainable energy system

DTU Energi
torsdag 13 jul 17

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DTU Energy seeks a postdoc to model scenarios for integration of new energy technologies in the future energy system.

The energy transition from fossils to renewables is rapidly progressing all over the world and secure supply of energy services is becoming more and more important. Companies and public institutions providing the services need detailed high-quality information to estimate the potentials of new technologies that are not yet applied, and to identify the optimal balance between production, distribution, storage and conversion of energy. We are therefore looking for a motivated postdoc to work in the Section for Energy Systems and Analysis at DTU Energy aiming to meet such challenges.

Would you like to model how new energy conversion and storage technologies can be optimally applied in the future, integrated and sustainable energy system? At DTU Energy, we are working experimentally with a spectrum of such energy technologies and we are now looking for a postdoc to refine and further develop our models in close collaboration with experimentalists. In particular, integration of energy storage technologies will be the main focus of the work (e.g. electrolysis, thermal energy storage and batteries) but also other technologies are within the scope.

DTU Energy is focusing on new energy technologies and their integration in the future sustainable energy system. Our research includes important fields like fuel cells, electrolysis, batteries, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration and thermoelectric materials. The Department has 250 employees.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will describe and model future scenarios for integrating new energy technologies in the energy system. Based on available time-series data from past energy demand and supply profiles as well as expectations for future energy generation patterns you will assist in developing tools to optimize and match energy demand and supply. We expect that you are familiar with development of software, modeling, data formats, data handling and data analysis, and that you have formerly used such skills. We expect to establish software to predict and describe production as well as influx of energy required to match demand.

You will be part of a broad scientific environment working both theoretically to develop methods and software to assist in optimizing the future energy system. The work will take place at the international front line embedded in an environment of researchers, technology providers, service providers and end-users.

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Systems Analysis or similar is required.

A strong background in handling large data sets and computer modeling techniques will be required as well and past experience should be documented in your application. Insight in energy processes (e.g. thermodynamics and chemical reaction kinetics) will be required.

You should be able to work independently, to plan and carry out complex tasks in a large, dynamic research environment. It is highly important that you are open-minded and hold social competences allowing you to communicate effectively in speaking and writing with a wide spectrum of project stakeholders.

We offer
An exciting and challenging job in an international environment. Good possibilities for professional and personal development and growth. A family friendly organization with flexible working hours.

Salary and terms of employment
The terms of employment will be in accordance with those of scientific staff at DTU.

The place of work will be the DTU Risø Campus near Roskilde and the duration of your employment will be two years with potential for extensions.
We are currently present on both Risø Campus, close to the town of Roskilde, and Lyngby Campus, north of Copenhagen. Late 2019, the entire department will be moving into new facilities at Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Please contact Head of Section Allan Schrøder Pedersen, +45 4677 5705, e-mail for further information.

We must have your online application 15 August 2017. Please open the link "apply online", fill in the application form and attach your application and CV. Applications must be in English and should be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Energy is focused on education, research, and development within functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technologies. The Department, which has approx. 230 employees, was founded in 2012.
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DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.