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Postdoctoral Position on
Energy Systems Analysis
(Reference number ESA 01-17)


The discourse on the UN’s sustainability goals, the global and national climate protection targets, and the energy transition conclude that the energy system will be changed drastically in the future. This will require a reorganization of the opportunities for individual actors to take action in the energy system. The new energy world does not function solely from top-down decisions, but precisely because of its diversity – the diversity of the actors, the diversity of energy sources, and the variety of system solutions. We aim to integrate key elements of behavioral aspects, air pollution control strategies and multi-criteria decision making processes into energy and climate policy models to analyze how socio-economic changes and systems interactions impact the implementation of energy and climate policy. For this, we are offering, subject to the approval of project funding, a post-doctoral position with the possibility to set up a research group within the department for Energy Economics and System Analysis at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) of University of Stuttgart.

The successful candidate will investigate the potential role of different actors in the context of the energy transition on a national and on an international level as well as for fast-growing metropolitan regions. Theoretical models followed by numerical applications will be a central tool of the analysis to explore their contribution to design the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Your Profile
  • PhD in Engineering or Economics
  • excellent scientific track record and relevant publications
  • deep experience in formal, quantitative methods, excellent analytical skills and interest in theoretical and applied modeling (e.g. GAMS)
  • high intrinsic motivation and proven experience in managing research projects
  • experience in acquiring third party funded research projects
  • team-oriented, excellent communication skills in English as well as willingness to learn German
What we offer
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary work environment at one of the leading research institutes on energy economics and systems analysis
  • Participation in solution-oriented research with immediate policy relevance within research projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Opportunities for cooperation with IER’s national and international network of leading energy economics & systems analysis research institutes and think tanks
The position will initially be funded for 24 months with a salary according to the German public tariff scheme (100% E13 TVL) with a possibility to extend. The envisaged starting date for the position is as soon as possible. The University of Stuttgart seeks to increase the number of women in scientific positions and women will be given preference in cases of equal qualification. The University of Stuttgart actively promotes the compatibility of career and family life through a variety of measures. Disabled applicants of equal scientific and personal suitability for the post will be preferred.

Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including research interests, a CV with the contact details of two referees, a publication list, and a sample of your work (e.g., term paper, thesis or journal publication). The review of applications will start on October 15th 2017. The position will remain open until occupied. Please send your complete documents, preferably as a single PDF document, by e-mail to: using the reference number ESA 01-17. Please understand that we can only return documents sent by mail if you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Logo Logo

The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Closing date: 15.10.2017
Closing date: 15 October 2017 Published on on date 27 September 2017
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