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PhD position 'Modelling of Large-Scale Energy Storage'

We offer a Phd position about modelling, simulation and optimisation of electrochemical processes, power-to-x-to-power and energy storage technologies in a 100% renewable power system.

ongeveer 2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


The integration of variable renewable energy sources in the energy system requires flexibility on time scales ranging from hours to seasons. The chemical industry offers a huge potential for large-scale hydrogen or electrochemical storage and/or (electro)chemical processes aimed at producing hydrocarbons. The techno-economic feasibility of such processes needs to be considered in the context of the European energy systems in which they are embedded. Using numerical modelling, simulation and optimization, one can get quantitative insights in the requirements and economic viability of the different chemical conversion routes. In this project, we thus aim to extend state-of-the-art energy system models with appropriate representation of flexible chemical processes. Furthermore, modern approaches to (distributed) computing, optimization and machine learning offer possibilities to bring the current modelling approaches beyond the state-of-the-art.

We offer a PhD position in the Engineering Systems and Services department at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management with a supervisory team at TPM and the faculty of Applied Sciences. The PhD research is part of the RELEASE project, www.nwo-release.nl, where a large team of top scientists cooperating with applied scientists and industry partners works on the next generation of large-scale energy storage technology.


We look for a candidate who combines knowledge of the energy system and physics/chemistry with excellent numerical modelling skills. Hence, we encourage applications from candidates with an MSc degree in one of the following fields (or related):

- chemistry or physics

- electrical engineering

- energy systems science

- applied mathematics

Affinity with economics and/or policy analysis is considered an advantage.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.