Management position

Head of Department Energy System Analysis

Starting date

1 September 2019

Duration of contract

The position is initially limited to a period of 3 years and has the option to become permanent.


up to the German TVöD 15

Type of employment


"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 department of Energy Systems Analysis at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) provides valuable techno-economic knowledge for the successful implementation of the energy system transformation. Using scientific methods, it promotes the anticipatory identification and assessment of technical, economic, environmental and social impacts along possible transformation paths. Our research groups Energy Economics, Energy System Modelling and Energy Scenarios & Technology Assessment at the Stuttgart location develop and use methods and tools that are tailored to the specific issues of techno-economic systems analysis and technology assessment in the field of energy supply. Decision-makers from science, industry, politics and society thus receive evidence-based orientation which serves to develop long-term research priorities and to shape the framework conditions of energy, environmental and research policy.

Due to its relevance for decision-makers at national and international level, the Energy Systems Analysis with its high degree of topicality represents an important component of energy research at DLR. With currently approx. 60 researchers and a planned growth to around 80 employees at the Oldenburg and Stuttgart locations, DLR has extensive and diverse expertise in consulting and answering current technological and systemic questions.

As Head of Department for Energy Systems Analysis at the Stuttgart site, you will be part of a two-member management team and, together with the Head of Department at the Oldenburg site, will make a major contribution to the expansion of DLR research expertise in the field of energy systems analysis and the energy industry. We attach particular importance to a research-oriented approach and close and interdisciplinary cooperation with other DLR institutes and with external research institutions as well as industry and politics.

Your tasks:

  • strategic further development of the thematic orientation of the department with the aim of permanent renewal and enhancement of scientific excellence and reputation in an international perspective.
  • shaping DLR's national and international research in the field of energy system transformation and expansion of corresponding research networks and funding
  • head of department with disciplinary personnel and budgetary responsibility
  • ensuring that the department's goals are achieved, e.g. with regard to third-party funding and publications
  • representation of the scientific results of the department at national and international level
  • advice for decision-makers from politics, business and society
  • joint coordination of all department-relevant processes with the department management at the Oldenburg site

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (Diploma/Master) and PhD in economics, engineering or natural sciences - e.g. industrial engineering, economics, energy technology, physics or equivalent.
  • many years of professional experience in the field of energy systems analysis as well as experience in relevant related fields, expertise in energy economics is preferred.
  • experience in academia, proven scientific competence and experience in interdisciplinary cooperation, excellent specialist knowledge proven through outstanding publication success in the respective fields of work of the department, international experience is preferred.
  • leadership experience
  • experience in project acquisition and coordination at national and international level
  • excellent know-how and networking within the national and international research and funding landscape
  • strong communication skills
  • very good written and spoken German and English proficiency
  • experience in political consulting is an advantage

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 places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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