As part of the cluster project "Clean Circles - Iron as an energy carrier for a climate-neutral circular economy", the Technische Universität Darmstadt has a vacancy for a

Research assistant (postdoc) as head of a junior research group (f/m/d)

with a fixed-term employment contract of 4 years from 1 May 2021.

The junior research group is part of the transdisciplinary research cluster project Clean Circles, in which the TU Darmstadt (lead), the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, the KIT Karlsruhe, the DLR Institute for Low CO2 Industrial Processes and the JG University Mainz cooperate. The team consists of 23 scientists in the fields of chemistry, mathematics, mechanical engineering, political science and economics.

The cluster is structured in four research fields (RF): Reduction Processes (RF1), Oxidation Processes (RF2), Thermodynamic-Mathematical Process and System Considerations (RF3) and Political-Economic Considerations (RF4). In a unique research approach, iron with its oxides is to be used in a cycle as a carbon-free chemical energy carrier for storing renewably generated electricity (wind, sun). Renewably generated electricity is used to reduce iron oxide (storage); locally and temporally separated from this, the iron is oxidised to release energy for electricity generation (release). In this way, renewable energy is stored in large quantities, transported and made available CO2-free. Clean Circles is thus exploring a solution space for the yet unsolved central challenge of the energy transition with a changing political environment.

The junior research group is established at the interface between the research fields RF3 and RF4. The aim is to integrate the findings of the political-economic considerations (RF4) in a suitable form into the mathematical-thermodynamic model (RF3) in order to be able to carry out multi-criteria analyses and evaluations.

In addition to the head position advertised here, the junior research group is staffed with 2 doctoral students of political science and/or political economy.

Recruitment requirements:

  • Excellent academic university degree and at least a very good doctorate in one of the subjects of political science, economics or industrial engineering.
  • Very good knowledge of modelling socio-economic systems
  • Very good knowledge of English

Desired previous knowledge:

  • Knowledge of programming languages R, Python
  • Expertise in the analysis and modelling of socio-technical energy systems
  • Expertise in interdisciplinary scientific work
  • Willingness to derive evidence-based policy recommendations based on theoreticial modeling

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate. Opportunity for further qualification (habilitation) is given.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

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Code No. 182

Published on

March 30, 2021

Application deadline

April 27, 2021