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Reference number: 2019D-131


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 - Development of a Multiregional Energy System Model for Europe

Your Job:

To meet national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, suitable yet cost-efficient transformation strategies are required. Given the numerous points of interaction with the European energy system, these national strategies must be rooted in an overall European context. To achieve this, many national analyses combine multiple European energy projections, with varying characteristics, and consolidate them to create an overall European outlook – with inconsistent results.

With this in view, this doctoral research project will focus on developing a multiregional energy system model for Europe. The model will map the energy systems (energy sector, end-use energy sectors) of the individual EU member states. The goal is to produce consistent, pan-European energy projections and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The successful candidate will be able to build on an existing national energy system model and use an existing model generator (FINE).

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

  • Modelling a multiregional, EU-wide energy system model
  • Coupling this energy system model with other existing models developed at the Institute
  • Generating cost-efficient strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU
  • Evaluating national greenhouse gas strategies in the context of European greenhouse gas projections and targets

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-131:
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.