PhD Position on Modeling of Energy Systems and Markets (ref. BAP-2023-229)

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Aug 2023

13 May 2023
Job Information

KU Leuven
Research Field

Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

31 Aug 2023 - 22:05 (Africa/Abidjan)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

At the division of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion (TME) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven, and embedded in EnergyVille, a dynamic research group led by prof. Erik Delarue is working on the modeling of energy systems and markets (unit commitment, system planning, equilibrium modeling, renewables integration, energy policy and energy market design). In this Energy Systems Integration and Modeling (ESIM) research group, PhD students and post-docs are working on modeling and on applications towards energy and climate policies.

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Our energy system is undergoing drastic changes in an aim towards decarbonization. On the generation side, we face rapidly increasing shares of intermittent renewable energy sources (RES) like wind and solar photovoltaics. On the demand side, increased levels of electrification offer a means to increase efficiency and moving away from fossil sources. In a liberalized setting, markets need to provide incentives both on the short-term for efficient operation and on the long-term for proper investment. 

Energy system models are often used to gain insight in these challenges (technical, economic, policy) and explore possible options/designs/pathways. 

We currently have several projects/PhD scholarship positions pending. If you are interested/motivated for starting a PhD in this domain, we encourage to you to notify us/apply via the procedure explained below. 



We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and communicative researchers with a Master of Science degree in Engineering or a related field, from a reputable institute. You should have obtained excellent study results.

Candidates should have a strong interest in energy, and especially in energy system operation and planning, as well as energy markets, policy and modeling. Experience with Matlab/Python/GAMS/Julia is a plus. Candidates with a background in a.o. economics, operations research are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should also have good English communication skills.

The PhD candidate can start from existing energy systems models and dedicated expertise available in the research group, and will collaborate with other research group members.



KU Leuven is among the top European universities. It is a key player in the field of energy research, also through the collaboration within EnergyVille.

We offer:

  • A doctoral scholarship  for four years (net monthly salary of about ~€2,500) and a PhD degree in Engineering, if successful
  • A highly specialized doctoral training, making the candidate expert in energy systems modeling
  • The opportunity to participate in research collaborations and international conferences
  • Multiple benefits (health insurance, access to university infrastructure and sports facilities, etc.)


A targeted start date is to be agreed upon. This research is to be performed within the framework of EnergyVille, a research collaboration on sustainable energy between KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt.




Applicants should express their interest by sending an email to prof. Erik Delarue via the dedicated email address . The email should *strictly* contain the following information in the text body, in bullets:

- Name

- Master degree (Master specification, University + Country, Year obtained)

- Master thesis (Title, Year, Supervisor)

- A one paragraph (up to half an A4 page) statement explaining the motivation for applying for this vacancy at KU Leuven. In this regard we strongly encourage you to visit the research group’s website (see link above) and have a look at some of the recent publications. 

Please also attach an academic CV to your email.

Please do not directly apply in the online system as referred to below. This will be only necessary for selected candidates in a second stage. 

Note that if you do not receive a response to your email within two weeks, this means you have not been selected for the second stage. 

Decision: as soon as a suitable candidate applies, so do not wait till the end date (indicated here below) to apply. 

For more information please contact prof. Erik Delarue via .


You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2023 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at .

Research Field
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

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KU Leuven
Postal Code
Parijsstraat 72b

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Parijsstraat 72b Leuven

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