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Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering - Fluids and Energy - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Postdoc Researcher on Highly renewable energy systems under extreme weather events (2 years)

Deadline 18 Jan 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Mar

  • Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering - Fluids and Energy Katrinebjergvej 89G-F 8200 Aarhus N

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Mar 2024 - 28 Feb 2026 ID: 13206

Are you interested in macro-energy system modelling and can you contribute to the development of the project EXTREMES (Highly renewable energy systems under extreme weather events)? Then the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering invites you to apply for a 2-year postdoc position

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 2–year position from 1 March 2024, but the exact starting date is open to discussion with the candidate.

Job description

The electricity grid is the largest machine we have ever built, but climate change mitigation demands its profound and rapid transformation. Wind and solar energy allow decarbonizing power systems but make them sensitive to increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events.
In the EXTREMES project, we will investigate how frequent, severe, prolonged in time, and extended in space the extreme episodes challenging our energy system can be. Gaining a deep understanding of these extreme phenomena is crucial to avoiding 
blackouts and designing strategies to minimize their impact. We will use the PyPSA-Eur, an open high-resolution network model of the sector-coupled European energy system.

We will use the model to derive robust configurations of net-zero emissions energy systems. Then, we will use different techniques such as extreme statistics, principal component analysis, and machine learning techniques to unveil the key spatial and temporal characteristics of such extreme events. We will also investigate the impacts of climate change-induced events on energy systems.

Your main responsibilities will be to structure and curate the large-scale datasets (including reanalysis and climate change data for several decades) using open repositories, design and implement the analysis, code development, lead the writing of scientific articles, and present results at conferences, supervision of PhD and master students. Contribution to teaching at the department is an option but not mandatory.

Your profile

  • Applicants must have a PhD in macro-energy system modelling, climate change modelling, or similar.
  • Experience with Python.
  • Good publications record.
  • Good writing and communication skills in English.
  • The candidate must show initiative and collaborate in teamwork.
  • A good understanding of the energy system technologies and economics will be positively evaluated.
  • Experience with other programming languages, open-software development, project managing with Github, and high-performance computing clusters is not mandatory but will be positively evaluated.

Who we are

The postdoc researcher will be part of a research group currently comprising 5 PhD students and 3 postdocs. The group publishes in high-impact journals, ensures a collaborative research framework, and is committed to using open-science methodologies. The following references provide a short overview of the scientific approach of the research group:

[1] M. Victoria, K. Zhu, T. Brown, G. B. Andresen, M. Greiner, Early decarbonisation of the European energy system pays off,
Nature Communications 11 (2020) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-20015-4
[2] M. Victoria, E. Zeyen, T. Brown, Speed of technological transformations required in Europe to achieve different climate goals, Joule 6 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2022.04.016
[3] F. Neumann, E. Zeyen, M. Victoria, T. Brown, The potential role of a hydrogen network in Europe https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2023.06.016
[4] EXTREMES project: https://dff.dk/en/apply/supported-research/research-leaders/research-leaders-2022/researchleader-30?set_language=en

What we offer

The department offers:
  • a well-developed research infrastructure, access to shared high-performance computing equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Katrinebjergvej 89, 8200, Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor, Marta Victoria, mvp@mpe.au.dk.


Applications must be received no later than 18.01.2024.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Marta Victoria

Marta Victoria Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering - Fluids and Energy +4522631595 mvp@mpe.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - HR Department +4593522614 nat-tech.HR.team2@au.dk


Deadline: Thursday 18 Jan 2024 at 23:59 CET

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