PhD student position in analysis of wind power deployment within the department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2022
Department of Space, Earth and Environment
Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersplatsen, Gothenburg, Sweden
To qualify for this position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in economics, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, or related fields of natural and social science with a proven interest in energy studies.
You should be familiar with programming languages, and have proven experience of writing in English. You should also have excellent academic track record and strong motivation and commitment to scientific inquiry.
Experience in energy systems analysis, GIS modelling and statistics is meritorious.
Solar and wind power are today commercially available. Yet while we know how to design a renewable based energy system in mathematical models, it's an open question whether this can be done in the real world given the socio-political and technological constraints. The team includes researchers doing modeling of future energy systems as well as empirical analysis of socio-political and technological constraints.
The PhD student would contribute to answering this question by investigating diffusion of wind power. The market potential of wind power in a low carbon energy system is strongly continent on where and how densely wind power can be deployed. Even if the theoretical potential for wind power is large, the deployment requires land where other interests compete. We aim in this project at understanding which geographic, socio-technical and institutional factors affect wind power deployment at the local and regional level.
The candidate will explore the spatial and socio-political aspects of deployment of wind power. The work also includes analyzing results and writing papers in collaboration with the energy system group at Physical Resource Theory and two PhD students in political science which is part of the same project. You are expected to work independently, have the ability to plan and organize your work and to be able to communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form, in English. The doctoral program is supposed to lead to the doctoral degree, equivalent to four years of full-time studies, which includes research, coursework, and participation in seminars and conferences. Including teaching obligations, the position is expected to be five years.
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 20220611
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About the Department/Section/Group
The division of Physical Resource Theory is one of five divisions within the department of Space, Earth and Environment. The division of Physical Resource Theory offers an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on a range of different scientific methods, from energy system modelling and agent-based modelling, to remote sensing, econometrics and surveys. Our aim is to advance challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries and by increasing the level of cross-collaboration in environmental research as well as with society at large. The division has around 50 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists. We also offer courses in areas related to our research.
About the Employer: Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), Sweden
Note or Other details
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years
Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.
Fredrik Hedenus, Professor
Email: [email protected]
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