Scientific activities / projects

Remote sensing & energy system analysis in urban environments (75% part time)

Starting date

1 July 2019

Duration of contract

The position is limited until 31.12.2021 - in case of a PhD, an extension to a 3 year duration is intendend


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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 DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems with currently around 150 employees in Oldenburg develops technologies and concepts for future energy supply based on renewable energy sources. The major challenge is how to form stable and efficient energy systems from weather-dependent decentralised production units. The research for this transformation process follows a D3 approach (D3 = Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Digitalisation).

The department of Energy System Analysis conducts research in the fields of energy meteorology, technology assessment, grid and system modelling. It develops models, methods and algorithms for the simulation and optimisation of networks and energy systems on the basis of fluctuating, decentralised generation. Our research group Energy Meteorology is primarily concerned with research on the availability and prediction of the variable power generation from renewable energies. Data from geostationary satellites and ground-based sky imaging systems are used in combination with numerical methods for applications in solar energy.

Your responsibilities:

  • you participate in a DLR internal project ‘Digital Atlas’ and work at the interface of land surface remote sensing, atmospheric remote sensing, and energy system analysis
  • you develop methods to integrate existing data on land cover/land use, three-dimensional urban models, urban structure parameters and solar irradiance into the existing energy system model FlexiGIS
  • you develop methods to quantify the solar irradiance variability and how to forecast variability for the upcoming hours
  • you analyse such innovative information sources with respect to requirements from the energy system analysis point of view. You develop use cases as example applications and generate show cases for the use of such data. You provide critical feedback to the remote sensing community
  • you report on your results in scientific journals, on scientific conferences, and during project meetings
  • the planned activities are suitable to be used in a PhD program

The position corresponds to 75% of a full position.

Your qualifications:

  • you have a university degree in geography, meteorology, geophysics, geoinformatics or similar
  • you have basic experience in satellite based remote sending of the land surface
  • you are interested or you have already experience in energy system analysis modeling
  • ideally you have some experience in using meteorological information to derive solar energy potentials
  • you have good programming skills, preferably in Python, Fortran90, IDL and scripting languages as csh/bash and you have expertise in using Linux systems
  • you have excellent team capabilities and interpersonal communication skills

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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Technical contact

Dr. Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt
Institute of Networked Energy Systems

Phone: +49 8153 28-2896

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