Physicists, Engineers as Ph.D. students on energy efficiency and scenario modelling related to buildings

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University of Geneva, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Chair for Energy Efficiency

At the Institute for Environmental Sciences we have vacancies for
Ph.D. students on energy efficiency and scenario modelling
related to buildings

The successful applicants will become members of the Chair for Energy Efficiency within the Department F.-A. Forel, Faculty of Sciences and they will be housed by the inter-faculty Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE, that is active in cross-disciplinary research in the domains of energy, climate change, surface waters, urban ecology other sustainability domains. The institute represents an enthusiastic, dynamic and international working environment. It offers an interdisciplinary Master programme in Environmental Sciences (MUSE) with a track on Energy to which the successful candidates will contribute.

Project and job description:
Energy efficiency plays an important role in the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive, in Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 and in the energy plans prepared by Swiss cantons. According to the Energy Strategy 2050, final energy use in Switzerland shall be reduced by 35% until 2035 and by 46% until 2050 (New Energy Policy scenario) which are very challenging objectives in view of rising population and economic growth. Against this background we are studying both the current level of energy efficiency and the potentials for energy savings in Switzerland and in the canton of Geneva. The new positions, which will be funded by the second phase of the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCERs, 2017-2020) will allow to substantially reinforce and expand the group’s research activities. All research projects are purely desktop-based. They partly involve collaboration with industry and/or utilities and they are linked to ongoing activities in other groups belonging to the SCCERs.

Energy in buildings
Energy efficiency analyses in buildings deal with spatio-temporal modelling of regional and national energy demand (electricity load curves, heating, cooling), thereby covering residential buildings as well as the commercial sector. In addition (in conjunction with a separately funded project) the energy performance gap (difference between expected energy savings according to standards and real energy savings) is studied based on a large-scale dataset. The opportunities of energy storage are also addressed. This project requires strong collaboration within SCCER-FEEB&D and other SCCERs (including joint SCCER activity on modelling and scenarios).

Scenario modelling
This task comprises scenario definition at regional and national scale (esp. for the built environment and energy storage), the development of consistent solution packages at regional and national scale, the development of energy transition pathways and policy conclusions.

The positions offer unique opportunities to the successful candidates to further develop a wide range of analytic skills, presentation and reporting skills and networking in a cutting-edge R&D areas that are essential for the energy transition, nationally and internationally. Candidates should have a Master degree in physics, engineering and/or environmental sciences and they must be able to combine thorough technical understanding with economic assessment and broader aspects of the energy transition. Excellent knowledge of English is a necessity and good knowledge of French and/or German is a clear advantage.

Conditions of employment:
We offer a 1-year appointment (with planned further extension by at least three further years). The salary will be in accordance with the regulations at the University of Geneva.
Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their application at earliest convenience. The application package should include a letter describing the applicant’s motivation and competences next to an up‐to‐date CV with publication list, overview of teaching activities and transcripts (course load and grades). The announcement remains valid until qualified candidates have been found. Applications should be sent by email to . More information about the position can be obtained from Prof. Martin Patel (


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Schweiz (Genf)
1211 Genf
Physik, Elektrotechnik, Maschinenbau

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