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Post-doctoral researcher ‘Urban Energy Modeling for System Integration’

Post-doctoral researcher ‘Urban Energy Modeling for System Integration’

Would you like to contribute to the energy transition of cities? We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in system integration and urban energy modeling.
Position
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department(s)
Built Environment
FTE
1,0
Date off
30/06/2021
Reference number
V38.5032

Job description

The TU/e Department of the Built Environment is one of the key drivers behind the newly created Urban Development Initiative (UDI) in the Brainport region Eindhoven. One of the programs within UDI is the Urban Energy Transition Program.

The future energy system will be drastically different from the current energy system. This has an enormous impact on local governments, system operators, energy producers, home-owners and housing corporations and industry. The UDI Urban Energy Transition program aims to support these stakeholders in their long-term decision making by developing the models and tools that are needed to properly forecast, plan, and assess scenarios for future renewable energy system integration in the built environment.

In the UDI Urban Energy Transition program we aim to develop a set of coupled fit-for-purpose models to perform system integration in the built environment, which rely on the combined modeling of multiple energy carriers, multiple operational aspects, multiple aggregation levels and the built environment itself. In addition to the development of such dynamic, multi-carrier and multi-scale models, the integration of a range of innovative technologies and strategies is key to addressing the complex and interrelated challenges of the future energy system. Storage of multiple energy carriers, demand side management, exchange and relocation through conversion of energy carriers are amongst the main practices that the future energy system will have to incorporate to gain the required flexibility and cope with possible geographical and temporal mismatches between energy production and consumption. Energy storage is needed to handle fluctuations in energy demand and to make efficient use of fluctuating production sources such as renewables, to increase energy grid safety, and to improve the overall system efficiency.

For the UDI Urban Energy Transition Program we are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher with expertise in system integration and urban energy modeling.

Within the Urban Energy Transition Program, you are expected to:

  • Conduct research activities on one or more of the fields for real-world problems: urban energy modeling, complex systems modeling, multi-domain modeling, agent-based modeling;
  • Publish and (co-)author papers for leading scientific journals and conferences;
  • Assist the Urban Energy Transition research group with writing funding applications;
  • Assist the Urban Energy Transition research group in supervising graduate students;
  • Be a collaborative and independent researcher who is forward thinking in your creative and research agenda;
  • Enthusiastically engage with public and private partners of the research program to look for opportunities to focus on specific challenges they would like us to help them address.

The Urban Energy Transition Program is part of the Urban Development Initiative (UDI). Founders of the UDI are City of Eindhoven, City of Helmond, TU/e, Brainport Development and the Fraunhofer Research Institute. UDI aims to address urban challenges by focusing the innovation agenda on the existing and potential urban problems in order to develop a systemic urban planning approach that integrates different sectoral approaches. The UDI Urban Energy Transition Program collaborates with TU/e Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES), and with external parties such as municipalities, distribution system operators, housing corporations and industry. It closely relates to the Deparment’s research focus on the development of sustainable materials and structures.

Job requirements

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • Computational affinity and a PhD degree in renewable energy technologies, renewable energy innovation, research and development engineering or another relevant field of study;
  • Affinity for applying research to real-world problems;
  • Excellent scientific skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications or other forms of output (i.e. software);
  • Able to develop prototypes and software (i.e. 2D/3D visualization and monitoring tools) is a plus;
  • Excellent communication skills and competence in written and spoken English;
  • Experience with or demonstrated interest in collaborating with external private and/or public partners in field lab settings;
  • Value open science such as open data and reproduceable research;
  • Team player who enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for 2 years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

More information can be obtained from www.tue.nl/en/our-university/departments/built-environment/ and https://brainporteindhoven.com/nl/ontdek/udi

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more about the content of this position? Please contact dr.ir. Lisanne Havinga, l.c.havinga[at]tue.nl

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact Marcel Vogels, m.vogels1[at]tue.nl (or +31 40 247 3144).

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!

Application

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max) in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a project portfolio, a list of your publications of international conference and journal contributions (if any), and the contact information of three references.
  • A research statement, including personal ambitions and relations with the work-program proposed.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

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