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PhD with focus on Renewable Gas, Engineering


DTU Management invites applicants for a PhD in Energy System Analysis with focus on Renewable Gas.

The 3-year PhD project in the Systems Analysis Division is part of the FutureGas project ( funded by Innovation Fund Denmark. The research project runs 4 years and examines how we distribute and use natural gas and renewable based gases in the future and how we can use the gas system in the Danish energy transition economically and efficiently. The PhD will be connected to work package 4 on integrated modelling of future energy systems - including the gas system. The candidate will work together with the FutureGas team including a PostDoc in the same work package, a second PhD student associated with advanced mathematical modelling and a third PhD associated with markets and regulation, as well as one other PhD student and three post docs.   

Responsibilities and tasks 
Gas has a number of advantages seen from a system perspective: It is an efficient and highly flexible fuel to utilize, it can be used by a wide number of applications including industrial processes, CHP and transportation; it is fairly easy to store and, finally, the climate impact is limited. Thus, gas is an excellent fuel for facilitating the challenging Danish transition towards an energy system independent of fossil fuels in the long term. The FutureGas project includes all major stakeholders of the Danish gas industry and the main purpose is to contribute the green energy transition through interdisciplinary and coordinated research across the gas sector. The goal is to stimulate; 1) an efficient and economical supply of gas - including renewable gases, 2) an appropriate and flexible use of these gases, and 3) an optimal integration of gas in the overall energy system.

The research in this PhD project will focus on modelling and analysis of the gas system as part of an integrated energy system, including technical and economical modelling of production, conditioning, distribution and use of renewable gases today and in future energy scenarios. The PhD will work on topics such as:   

  • Conceptual modelling of the future gas system including production, conditioning, transmission, storage, trade and use.
  • Developing future technical scenarios to align the research and analyses in the project
  • Developing integrated modelling of the gas system (including the transport and industry sectors) with the electricity and district heating systems in large-scale energy system models facilitating socio economic analysis.
  • Modelling of an elaborate representation of the gas markets and regulation both on local and international level in large-scale energy system models, facilitating private economic analyses in close collaboration with WP6 (Markets and regulation).
  • System consequences of a closer coupling between markets for gas, heat and power in close collaboration with WP6 (Markets and regulation)
  • Recommendations of future development of the gas system to promote independence of fossil fuels in an efficient and cost-effective way

As part of the Ph.D. project the student is expected to contribute to teaching at the M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy at DTU.  

The PhD project will be carried out under the main supervision of Senior Researcher Marie Münster, DTU Management.

We are seeking candidates with a master degree in engineering, mathematics, economics or similar, preferably with experiences within energy system modelling. The research will encompass operation research, mathematical modelling and energy system analysis, as well as technical knowhow about energy technologies with focus on natural gas and renewable gases. In addition to the above, the following further qualifications will be considered in the assessment: 

  • Good writing and communication skills
  • A good balance between having independent drive and being a team player - as the research is conducted in multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment as well as in a Danish context
  • Experiences with GAMS and energy system modelling, e.g. the Balmorel model, is an advantage

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide 

The candidate will be selected through a competitive application process. Online applications will be screened against a set of criteria and a shortlist of candidates will be assessed in more detail by a committee headed by Senior Researcher Marie Münster.   

We offer 
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment, focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which all contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.  

Salary and terms of employment 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The period of employment is 3 years.   

The place of work is DTU Lyngby campus.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher, Marie Münster +45 4677 5166, 

You can read more about DTU Management Engineering here 

Please submit your online application no later than 20 June 2016. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:  

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter). This must include a research statement, which describes your research ideas for the project and how you see your qualifications fit into the research project (1-2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae providing relevant academic, employment and personal details
  • MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

Further Information

Application Deadline : 20 June 2016

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