The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.


Information about the project and the division
The Department of Space Earth and Environment is looking for a PhD or a postdoc. This project attempts at supporting municipalities transitioning to low-carbon futures by modelling municipal energy systems. This involves systems modelling of various pathways with the potential of substantially lowering the climate impact and analysis of system costs, stakeholder involvement and benefits to the municipalities and their citizens. The modelling will likely include both the stationary and transport sectors and is to be carried out in close collaboration with municipality officials. The project is part of the FlexSUS project with participants from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The PhD/postdoc project will require the development and use of modelling methodologies able to capture pathway dynamics and techno-economics of the transitions processes along with interactions of real-world actors. For this, a combination of cost optimization modelling and system dynamics modelling methodology is deemed suitable.

The Division of Energy Technology conducts research and offers education in energy technology and energy systems. Our work is characterised by the combination of systems-level projects with research on energy transformation processes, and our participation in a great number of national and international research projects. The research of the Energy System Group focuses on energy transitions, sustainable energy systems, and energy system technology with a particular emphasis on modelling analysis of transitions of the power, heat and transport sectors.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You are also expected to contribute to the project and take active part and in building and maintaining collaborative links with relevant members of the department, research project members and stakeholders. A PhD student position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level and/or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. You are expected to write a licentiate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years.

As a postdoc you are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You are also expected to contribute to the project and take active part and in building and maintaining collaborative links with relevant members of the department, research project members and stakeholders.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The employment is limited to a maximum of four years full-time research studies for PhD:s and two years full time research as a postdoc.

Qualifications
To qualify you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Engineering Physics, Energy, Environmental, Industrial, Industrial economy, Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering. Preferably with an Energy Systems Master Program.

Experience of energy systems modelling, optimisation, system dynamics, local energy systems, municipal energy planning and inter-disciplinary work is an advantage, as are courses in economy and/or social sciences.

For a postdoc: a PhD in energy systems modelling and analysis.

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Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190576 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below.

For PhD student position
CV:
 (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.


For Post-Doc
CV:
 (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications.
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 24 November, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Erik Ahlgren, Energy Technology
E-mail: erik.ahlgren@chalmers.se
Phone: +46 31 7725247

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