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Reference number: 2021-414


At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3), we conduct research into how a sustainable energy system can be achieved and what it might look like. To this end, we develop a wide range of highly complex and detailed energy system models that we utilize to assess local-to-global energy systems in an integrated manner. Thereby, we aim to provide the best possible knowledge-based support for the implementation of the clean energy transition.

We are looking to recruit a

Group leader – Infrastructure and sector coupling for clean energy transition

Your Job:

Support us in providing orientation knowledge for politics, industry, and society for the success of the energy transition by joining our team in the topic area infrastructures and energy systems on the way to climate neutrality. Your tasks will include:

  • Analyzing energy infrastructures at all scales being the backbone of a successful energy transition
  • Development and implementation of new methods and models to assess the transport and distribution of electricity, gas, hydrogen, heat and additional options
  • Modeling and analysis of an integrated grid development approaches and identification of infrastructure pathways towards greenhouse gas neutrality.
  • Develop innovative approaches for dealing with data gaps and different data qualities as a cornerstone for robust models
  • Conducting scientific studies on energy infrastructures and energy systems.
  • Developing research questions and answering them within your own group
  • Supervision of students and doctoral candidates
  • Acquisition and management of research projects
  • Representation of the institute in national and international networks
  • Presentation of your research results at international conferences as well as publication in high impact journals

Do you find these topics exciting and enjoy modeling and analyzing energy systems? Do you have further innovative ideas to contribute to the success of the energy transition? Then please apply! We look forward to welcoming committed new colleagues who want to work with us in finding solutions for the realization of the clean energy transition.

Your Profile:

  • Above-average university degree (Master) in engineering (energy technology, process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering), physics or a comparable course of study as well as a doctorate in the field of energy system modeling.
  • Experience in modeling and analysis of infrastructure and sector coupling
  • Experience in leading employees, PhD students and students
  • Independent, target-oriented, and strategic working style
  • Strong social and communication skills to lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams
  • Programming skills in Python
  • Fluent written and spoken English and/or German

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Help us develop sustainable solutions for the clean energy transition
  • Join a highly motivated and international team at one of the largest research centers in Europe
  • Excellent technical infrastructure – including institute’s own cluster computer and access to the HPC at the FZJ
  • Excellent conditions for remote working
  • Opportunity to shape and participate in international networks and conferences
  • Attractive flexible working hours and diverse offers for optimizing work-life balance
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Extensive range of further training courses to support your academic career
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 14 TVöD-Bund.

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

Additional Information

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

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