PhD scholarship in Business Models and Risk Assessment in the District Heating Sector

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Energy system changes are the backbone of the societal transition towards sustainability. The Energy Systems Analysis Section focuses on how to upgrade and operate the existing energy system with large amounts of variable renewable energy. We provide tools and expertise, supporting national and international energy policymaking by advancing development of energy systems models. 

Integrating new emerging technologies into existing national and regional energy systems calls for analyses of energy systems and markets through different operations research models and integrated assessments. We comprise competences within systems analyses, operation management and knowledge of energy technologies. 

Our research models are developed, merged and soft-linked to take advantage of strengths in disparate models and to answer questions about emerging technologies and environmental impacts. The scientific challenges for the section include modelling stochasticity, risk and uncertainty as well as system characteristics of production technologies and flexible demand. We aim to be at the forefront of open access modelling. 

The district heating sector in Denmark is covering more than half of the heating consumption and is expected to be a cornerstone in the green transition of the energy sector. Significant digitalization of the sector is foreseen as one of the most important tools in the decarbonisation of the sector. 

This research will focus on the challenges and opportunities digitalisation and decarbonisation are providing to the heating sector. The research may focus on both economic and technical optimization in developing new innovative business models. 

Responsibilities and tasks
We are involved in Danish as well as European projects with the aim of developing innovative solutions to the district heating (and cooling) sector. You will be involved directly in relevant projects so it will require good communication skills, flexibility and some travelling. You will work closely with the involved academic staff. 

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in engineering and/or economics. Fluency in English is a requirement and fluency in Danish an advantage. 

We are looking for someone who has a strong business focus, and has a good knowledge of the district heating sector. Previous experience in the district heating business environments will be an advantage. 

  • “Are you interested in helping bringing new opportunities into district heating perhaps you are our new PhD student”
  • “You will contribute to the green transition in the district heating sector…”
  • “Your research could include energy system optimisation, modelling new innovative business models or developing new smart solutions involving IoT, IIOT, 4G district heating, 5G digitalization”
  • “You will engage with different national and international projects and engage with different stakeholders in the district heating sector.”
  • “You have the ability to work independently but also being a team player which can motivate your colleagues to be their best and achieve ambitious goals”, etc.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide . 

The assessment of the applicants will be carried out by Senior Researcher Per Sieverts Nielsen and Professor Dogan Keles. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and appointment terms 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

The workplace can be flexible, but the most obvious would be DTU Lyngby Campus and/or Center Denmark in Fredericia where DTU has offices and which is close to the Danish District Heating Association. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here . 

Further information  
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Per Sieverts Nielsen, , tel.: +45 4677 5289. 

Information about the The Energy Systems Analysis Sectionis available here and about DTU Management at

Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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)
  • 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. 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered. 

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

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