PhD Position (f/m/d) Automated Orchestration of Distributed Energy System Model Workflows
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,800 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!
In order to address the climate change and achieve the internationally set climate targets, the energy supply will have to undergo major changes in the coming decades. What will the energy mix look like after the phasing out of nuclear power and coal, and the expansion of renewable energies? Which technologies will have to be introduced or further developed? What consequences will result from the change in transportation? What could a climate-neutral energy supply look like that makes economic sense and at the same time offers sufficient security of supply?
In order to be able to answer these and other questions scientifically, numerous models are being developed at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Techno-economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3), in the research field of energy system analysis, with which energy systems can be represented and examined. Energy system analysis faces the challenge that a large number of complex models have been developed in the past, which are very heterogeneous in their objectives, methods, and level of detail. It is therefore becoming increasingly difficult to identify the models best suited to answer a specific research question and to understand their respective differences and specificities.
We are offering several
PhD Position – Automated Orchestration of Distributed Energy System Model Workflows
First, you will design a semantic framework for the description and categorization of energy system models and their underlying methods. Based on this framework, you will describe the characteristics of selected models in the context of a method and software catalog. To ensure the sustainability and continuous extensibility of this catalog, it will be embedded in the digital structures of the Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG). On the basis of ontology-based interface descriptions, you will identify suitable model workflows resulting from model combinations in this context in addition to individual models. In order to support the selection of a workflow, you will develop technical and content-related comparison criteria as well as methods for their measurement. Finally, the orchestration and computation of cross-platform and distributed workflows will be automated as far as possible.
Conception of a semantic framework for the description and categorization of energy system models and their underlying methods
Development of a method and software catalog within the ORKG
Usage of ontologies to identify models and methods suitable for answering scientific questions
Definition of content-related and technical criteria for the comparison of models and methods and development of procedures for their measurement
Automation of model workflows using state-of-the-art software container technologies
Masters degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, mathematics or a comparable course of study, which you have completed with very good results
Interest in energy technology and energy management issues
Experience in modeling, simulation, and optimization desirable
Experience with ontologies, knowledge graphs or the Semantic Web desirable
Good programming skills (preferably in Python)
Independent and analytical working style within a project team
We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change!
Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure – optimal conditions for a successful and timely doctorate
A highly motivated and international working group within one of the largest research institutions in Europe
Participation in high-ranking organizations such as the International Energy Agency
Participation in project meetings and international conferences
Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses and participation in interdisciplinary seminars including a certificate
Continuous professional supervision by your scientific supervisor
Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home
Special support for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
Usually a contract for a period of three years in the context of a PhD at the RWTH Aachen under support of Dr. Patrick Kuckertz
Remuneration analogous to pay group 13 (75%) of the Collective Agreement of the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).
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