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PhD Position – The Role of CO2 as a Resource in a Global Greenhouse Gas-Neutral Energy System

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Achieving a greenhouse gas-neutral energy supply is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3) – we use integrated models to explore how possible cost-effective transformation strategies must be designed to achieve this. Become part of our international research team and contribute your ideas and creativity on how a future global greenhouse gas neutral energy system could look like.

To strengthen our team we are offering a

PhD Position – The Role of CO2 as a Resource in a Global Greenhouse Gas-Neutral Energy System

Your Job:

Support us in providing orientation knowledge for politics, industry, and society for the success of the energy transition by contributing to the further development of our energy system models.

Your main task will be the integration of CO2 process chains into our global energy system model based on the FINE model framework ( A particular focus will be on the use in power-to-liquid products as well as possible CO2 sources in a greenhouse gas-neutral energy system.

In addition, we expect you to:

  • contribute to the further development of the FINE model framework
  • consider transport options for power-to-liquid products and CO2 in an integrated way
  • develop possible demand projections for power-to-liquid products and CO2
  • optimize the allocation of global production locations of power-to-liquid products and CO2
  • supervise students
  • present your research findings to the best of your ability at conferences and in professional journals

Your Profile:

  • Excellent master’s degree in natural sciences or engineering or a comparable course of study
  • Very good knowledge of energy process engineering
  • Knowledge of energy system modeling and energy economics is an advantage
  • Programming skills, ideally in Python
  • Fluent written and spoken English; German language skills are advantageous
  • Distinct ability to work in a team as well as the ability to work cooperatively
  • Independent and analytical way of working

Our Offer:

Do you find this topic exciting and enjoy modeling and analyzing energy systems? Do you have innovative ideas that can contribute to the success of the energy transition? Then please apply! We welcome committed new colleagues who want to find solutions for the energy transition together with us and offer you the best conditions for your successful doctorate:

  • Employment with one of Germany’s top ten employers
  • A highly motivated and international team in one of the largest research institutions in Europe
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure – optimal conditions for extensive system analyses
  • Best conditions for successful work in a home office
  • Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences
  • Extensive offer of further education as support for a successful doctorate
  • In general, a contract for a period of three years within the framework of a doctorate at RWTH Aachen University
  • Remuneration and social benefits according to the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)
  • 30 days of annual leave as well as an arrangement for bridging days (e.g. between Christmas and New Year’s Day)
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocs, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of three years. Pay will be in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment (“Christmas bonus”). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available here.

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our Online Recruitment System!

Questions about the vacancy?

Get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.

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