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Reference number: 2019D-129


The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3) specializes in electrochemical converters with electrolytes composed of polymer membranes (PEM-FCs & EC) and ceramics (SOCs) as well as chemical converters for autothermal reforming, catalytic gas treatment, and fuel synthesis. It investigates and tests entire energy systems as well as process engineering components, electrochemical and catalytic processes, and process controls.

The Institute currently offers a

PhD Position - Scenario-Based Evaluation of a Regional Energy Cell Concept with Flexible CHP Plants

Your Job:

Within the context of the energy transition in Germany (Energiewende), combined heat and power (CHP) plants can play an important role in stabilizing the power supply and integrating volatile renewable energy sources. Achieving this objective requires the development of concepts for CHP plants that offer flexible operation. The underlying aim of integrating flexible CHP plants into regional, cellular supply concepts (energy cells, energy microgrids) is to achieve the highest possible share of renewable energy at a regional level, and to predominantly compensate for any fluctuations in energy production and consumption at the regional level also. By combining different flexibility options, a (partially) self-sustaining mode of operation for distributed energy systems can be realized.

To this end, your main tasks will be as follows:

  • Refining models for mapping regional energy systems, with due consideration of flexible CHP plants and other sector coupling technologies
  • Developing regional energy scenarios
  • Analysing and evaluating the regional energy cell concept from the perspective of the national energy system
  • Conducting a potential analysis of flexible CHP plant concepts
  • Examining hybrid CHP concepts in combination with large-scale battery storage

Your Profile:

  • University degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental technology, industrial engineering, physics, or a similar field
  • Interest in issues concerning energy technology and the energy industry
  • Very good knowledge of Python would be an advantage
  • Independent and analytical way of working
  • Excellent capacity for collaborating with internal and external project partners
  • High degree of flexibility and dedication
  • Good command of German and English (written and spoken)

Our Offer:

  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe’s largest research establishments
  • Collaboration with high-ranking organizations such as the International Energy Agency
  • Opportunity to work with our Techno-Economic Energy System Analysis team (
  • Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Subject-specific mentoring
  • Chance to develop your strengths, e.g. through a comprehensive training programme
  • Salary in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)
  • Contract limited to three years as a rule

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 16.06.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019D-129:
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.