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The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – section Integrated Energy Systems (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Clemens Hoffmann) offers the following position starting on 1st July 2022 – subject to the approval of third party funding:

Research Associate (m/w/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed term in part time (currently 30 hours per week)

Closes: 09.06.2022
Date of Hire: 01.072022
Reference: 35094

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Part-time with 75.00 percent of the regular working time of a full-time employee. The position in the field of "Energy System Optimisation" in cooperation with Fraunhofer IEE is initially limited until June 30, 2025 within the project "WÄRMER" (§ 2 Abs. 2 WissZeitVG). A longer-term cooperation is intended. The position offers the opportunity to do a PhD.

Supporting the thermal energy transition within the urban building sector
Achieving German climate protection targets by 2030 requires stronger incentives for energetic renovation as well as a significant increase of renewable energy for heat provision. The latter can be achieved by switching to heat pumps as well as extensions of local and district heating grids which are fed by a high proportion of renewable energies. In the project “WÄRMER”, requirements for a successful transition of the urban building stock shall be identified by an innovative syntheses of local energy system optimisation and modelling individual investment behaviour.

Optimising integrated local energy systems
The group Energy Economics and Decision Support at the section Integrated Energy Systems develops and applies optimisation and simulation models for national and regional integrated energy systems. The modelling and analysis of possible targets and pathways for power, heat, and mobility considers technical, economic, and stakeholder-specific aspects. Results provide stakeholders and decision makers in policy, economy and civil society with evaluations and impact assessment of technical, regulatory and business options.

Your Tasks:

In the context of the project „WÄRMER“ the successful applicant will develop models of future urban heating infrastructure with respect to the technical and economic framing as well as climate protection targets in cooperation with Fraunhofer IEE. The focus is on the identification and mitigation of obstacles for individual investors and on increasing the share of renewable energies. Furthermore, the successful candidate will conduct comprehensive energy economical studies towards the decarbonisation and optimisation of a local energy system. To this end, he will extend the existing planning tool for heat provision “EQ-City” by the optimisation of system parameters and tailor it to the project context. By means of the extended “EQ-City” tool multi-criteria analysis of the total and heat energy provision of an exemplar municipality are performed with respect to techno-economical parameters. The successful applicant will consider findings from stakeholder workshops and integrate the model into a common simulation cycle with agent-based modelling of individual investors.

The successful candidate profits from further projects at the section Integrated Energy Systems comprising modelling and simulation of urban heating infrastructure and associated investment decisions. In general, the work environment is team oriented and favours being proactive and creative.

Your profile:

  • Completed course of academic study within the fields of engineering, natural sciences, economics, or similar disciplines
  • Experience in modelling energy system components as well as technical and energy economical contexts
  • Well-founded knowledge of the status quo as well as technical and structural trends in heating infrastructure and energy economics
  • Very good knowledge of German (preferably) and/or English (both orally and written)
  • Ability to think through complex matters
  • Proactivity, capacity for teamwork, and good communication skills
  • Basic skills in programming of scripting languages and numerical optimisation
  • Beneficial is good knowledge in python as well as experience in complex development environments and optimisation software (solvers such as CPLEX, Gurobi) as well as project management and leadership.

You may expect:

  • Personal, creative, and outcome-oriented work atmosphere in an engaged team
  • Freedom in research and personal development by further education courses
  • Work-Life-Balance through flexible office hours and support in combining work and family life
  • Conception and acquisition of new research projects

For further enquiries contact Dr. Friedrich Krebs, Tel.: +49 561 804- 6141, E-Mail: fkrebs(at)uni-kassel.de or Dr.-Ing. Anna Marie Kallert (Fraunhofer IEE), Tel: +49 160 23 85 134, E-Mail: anna.kallert(at)iee.fraunhofer.de.

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