PhD Position in GIS and Energy Systems (DTU Denmark)
DTU Management Engineering invites application for a PhD fellowship in GIS and energy systems. The starting date will be October 1, 2012 or later, depending on agreement with the candidate.
System Analysis Division is one of five divisions with each with several research programs at DTU Management Engineering. DTU Management Engineering has 269 employees consisting of 148 academic staff, 74 PhD students and 47 technical and administrative staff. Furthermore, we employ a large number of external associate professors each term which contribute to making our education programs relevant by including cases from the business sector. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.
The theme for the Fellowship is “Geographical representations of renewable energy systems”. In the application for funds is the project described as follows:
Renewable energy sources and supply are to be mapped allowing local distributions of available resources and their specific geographical potentials, costs and their use in future district heating systems – using GIS and energy system modelling tools.
This work builds on top of the idea of a Danish heat atlas. By including “all” relevant information in a common GIS database as social status, energy consumption, resources and energy supply systems this creates the basis for a power-full tool for understanding possibilities and potentials for sustainable solutions in an energy system. Analysis can be carried out in the GIS tool, but it also links to energy system models as input database and for treating modelling results.
The research fellow is one of a total of 12 research fellows who are included in the ‘Strategic Research Centre for 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4DH)’. 4DH is a project which runs during the period 2012-2017, with an overall budget of DKK 60 million. Of this, DKK 37 million comes from The Danish Council for Strategic Research (Det Strategiske Forskningsråd), and the rest comes from various private and public organisations. The aim of the 4DH Strategic Research Centre is to promote the development of future fourth generation district heating technology. This is essential for the achievement of Denmark’s goal of being independent of fossil fuels by 2050 and for achieving the EU’s 2020 target.
The specific proposal that Denmark should be independent of fossil fuels by 2050 indicates that in future district heating will be decisive for being able to exploit waste-heat from power generation, renewable energy, low-temperature geothermal sources, industrial waste-heat, waste incineration and biomass. However, it is emphasised that district heating must be Integrated with savings and flexible electricity generation. It is thus a significant challenge to be able to optimise, reorganise and develop new district heating technology based on lower temperatures and interaction with both low-energy housing and flexible electricity generation. The 4DH Strategic Research Centre is multi-disciplinary, and it will develop knowledge, among others, of: the design of low-temperature geothermal district heating systems; the interaction with the heating of low-energy housing; planning tools based, among others, on GIS systems; tools for designing flexible systems for using waste-heat from power generation; legal, tariff and organizational structures. See further on the 4DH website: www.4DH.dk.
Master degree in Engineering, economics, or other relevant education.
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.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.
You are welcome to contact Senior Scientist Kenneth Karlsson, phone: 4677 5117, e-mail: keka@.dtu.dk for further information.
We must have your online application by 5 August 2012. Please open the link “apply online”, fill in the application form and attach the following documents;
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- 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, inability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply
DTU Management Engineering carries out research, education and dissemination of knowledge within the fields of planning, innovation and management. The Department comprises a staff of 235 persons. Every term, 3000 students are enrolled at courses taught by the Department. The EIS alliance has contributions from ten universities and research institutions in Denmark and abroad. It is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and the involved research institutions. See more on www.man.dtu.dk and www.eis.dk.
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