PhD scholarship in Modelling Deep De-Carbonization Pathways on Different Geographical Scales (National, Regional and Global)

DTU Management Engineering
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Frist 23. oktober 2018
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Are you interested in decarbonising energy systems, and to develop methodologies and tools needed for this? Do you want to apply your research to real life challenges and give advice on how to reach environmental and renewable energy targets? 

In System Analysis Division (SYS), we have four research groups: Energy System Analysis (ESY), Energy Economics and Regulation (EER), Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CCSD) and Transport Economics (TE). There is a close collaboration between these groups within projects and teaching, and we are all 70-80 people sited in one building.

ESY has a central position in the development of the energy system analysis tools Balmorel and TIMES. For the open source model Balmorel we are hosting a central version control and shared model update across the Nordic countries. ESY has from start this year taken over as Operating Agent for the ETSAP community developing the TIMES models and has lead on several projects developing the TIMES tools. With around 10 people working with TIMES, ESY has become one of the largest TIMES groups in the world. Also around 10 researchers are working on Balmorel.

Research field: 

  • Methodology
    Energy system modelling mainly based on mathematical optimization approaches within the TIMES modelling framework
  • Spatial coupling
    There will be a focus on linking different geographical scales (national, regional and global) to better understand the impact of national and regional policies in a global context and the other way around
  • Models
    The PhD will be involved in the further development of three different TIMES models and related tools: TIMES-DK a very detailed national model for Denmark, European TIMES covering more than 30 European countries and a global TIMES representing the word in 15-22 regions
  • Scenario analysis
    Deep de-carbonization pathways across geographical scales, e.g. what are policies and technologies needed in Denmark, Europe and globally to meet the Paris Agreement? The PhD will analyze policy measures on the different scales and suggest consistent solutions across scales

Responsibilities and tasks  

  • Research
    You will be one of our and developers on ESY's energy system modelling tool TIMES, with a focus on renewable based energy systems and new areas linking up to the energy system models. Development of methodologies and tools within energy system modelling.
  • Outreach
    Analysis of future energy systems on Global, European and national level to support decision makers, develop scenarios and give advice on analysis tools and solutions
  • Tools for dialogue on energy policies
    For modelling results to be used for decision-making, the presentation of results and assumptions has to be visualized so it is easy to understand by non-modelers. The PhD student will further develop tools already used in ESY but also search for new options and solutions
  • Innovation  
    New ways of looking at problems, unexpected combination of methods and tools, improve the exiting by thinking different, new ways of presenting modelling results - come up with new ideas.
Other content of the position 
  • Teaching energy systems modelling with TIMES-DK (master course, support for a limited amount of other assignments
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Further qualifications: 
  • Team player and open minded
  • Experience with development and application of TIMES
  • Other relevant modeling experience
  • In general good programming skills
  • Documented experience with energy system optimisation modelling
  • Wants to make a difference in the world
  • Experience with teaching
  • Flair for national and international energy and climate policy
  • Not afraid of crazy ideas

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, DTU Management Engineering, System Analysis Division, Energy System Analysis group.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Energy System Analysis Kenneth Karlsson, mobile: +45 2132 8733, mail:

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Please submit your online application no later than 23 October 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimization of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models, and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive, and sustainable organization and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 350 employees, including around 70 PhD students. More than 20% of our employees are from abroad and a total of 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.  

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