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Postdoc in LCA of Energy Conversion Technologies

In DTU Energy we want to strengthen our efforts in assessing life cycles of materials and processes used in future energy conversion and storage technologies.
New technologies to secure supply of energy and energy services in the future sustainable energy systems become more and more important in light of the ongoing shift from fossil to sustainable primary energy sources. One aspect of this technological transition is that entities and authorities responsible for providing the energy and services need assessments of environmental impacts as well as use of resources associated with the new technologies.
We are therefore looking for a motivated postdoc to work in DTU Energy´s Section for Energy Systems and Analysis aiming to meet these challenges.

Responsibilities and tasks
You should assess the environmental impacts of using new technologies - primarily based on relevant standards – and a central part of the work will concern hydrogen technologies (electrolysis and fuel cells).
Important parts of the work on specific technologies will be comparisons focusing on not only CO2 but also other impact categories such as non-renewable energy depletion, human toxicity, respiratory effects etc.
An analysis of business models for ownership and operation of electrolysis plants will be part of the work, considering capital and operational costs for various scenarios.
Finally, a societal impact analysis using social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) methodology will be included considering a number of impact categories (human capital, cultural heritage and human well-being) and stakeholders (workers, local community, society, consumers, and value chain actors).
Initially the work will be part of an EU research project "Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory: a pilot for Europe" (BIG HIT) which involves large scale demonstration of hydrogen production by electrolysis on the Orkney Islands.
Our new employee will be part of a broad scientific environment working both experimentally and theoretically to develop new energy technologies able to secure the future sustainable energy system.

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, systems analysis or similar.
A solid background in Life Cycle Assessments will be required and past experience should be documented in your application. Insight in energy conversion processes (e.g. materials and energy balances) and relevant standards will be expected.
You should be able to work independently, to plan and carry out complex tasks in a large, dynamic research environment. It is highly important that you are open-minded and hold social competences allowing you to communicate effectively in speaking and writing with a wide spectrum of project stakeholders.
Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken are required.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position is offered for a one year period. However, since we aim to establish an LCA competence base in DTU Energy, we foresee further employment opportunities for the right person.

Working place
DTU Risø Campus near Roskilde.

Further information
Please contact Centre Manager Eva Ravn Nielsen, +45 2428 9356, or Head of Section Allan Schrøder Pedersen, +45 4677 5705

Additional information about DTU and the DTU Energy can be found on www.energy.dtu.dk

Application procedure
Please submit your online application earliest possible and no later than 21 June 2016. Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications

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

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

DTU Energy is focusing on new energy technologies and their integration in the future sustainable energy system. Our research includes important fields like fuel cells, electrolysis, batteries, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration and thermoelectric materials. The department has about 250 employees.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.