PhD position

Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment of Synthetic Renewable Fuels Generation

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Duration of contract

3 years


according to the German TVöD 13

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

The Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart works in the field of efficient energy storage systems as well as next generation energy conversion technologies with a staff of more than 150 scientific and technical employees, engineers and doctoral candidates. Our research group on “Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment” provides methods and tools which support problem solving in the field of energy systems analysis and technology assessment.

The political commitment towards a largely decarbonized energy system as well as the finiteness of fossil fuel reserves call for a long-term structural change in all sectors of the energy system. Technologies for the use of variable renewable energies and energy storages including synthetic energy carriers will play a major role in the future. Within this context, synthetic renewable fuels will find use in the aviation and in the long-distance transport sector. However, high conversion losses and high generation costs demand for optimal framework conditions regarding resources, infrastructures and energy markets. In addition, they are also eligible as a future complementary option for the long-term chemical storage of renewable electricity and for supporting security of supply.

We seek a highly motivated PhD student to support our international activities, primarily within the framework of the project “Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels” of the German Ministry for Environment (BMUB) in cooperation with the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) and several Brazilian institutions.

Main scientific objective is to further develop models and methods to analyze and assess implementation pathways towards the generation and use of synthetic fuels based on renewable power. Main focus is on the transportation sector, above all the use for aviation. You will start your scientific work with an extensive literature research about state-of-the-art technologies, fuel demand scenarios and assessment methods. The exchange with Brazilian stakeholders will provide you information about economic, industrial and societal framework conditions and important actors in the fuels market. This will lead you to the setup and implementation of a concept for the model-based scenario analysis and assessment of alternative fuels. You will apply this method for a technical, economic, environmental and societal assessment of alternative fuels generation by exploring different case studies and sensitivity analysis.

Your qualifications:

  • study background: master in energy/environmental engineering with good basics of chemistry;
  • experience in techno-economic analyses;
  • interest in systems analysis;
  • independent and determined working;
  • good knowledge in programming is appreciated;
  • good command of English and German. Portuguese is a bonus.

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Jürgen Kern
Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

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