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Post-Doctoral Researcher / Senior Assistant in Energy Systems Analysis
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
The Chair of Energy Systems Analysis (ESA) , within the Department of
Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, is looking for a highly
motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher / Senior Assistant to work broadly in the
area of energy systems analysis. The ESA group is headed by Prof. Dr. Russell
McKenna and generally focuses on the energy system analysis of low carbon
energy systems and technologies, by working at the intersection of engineering
and economics to develop and apply energy system models to diverse energy
systems and research questions. The Chair holder's joint appointment as the
Head of the Laboratory of Energy Systems Analysis at PSI mean a strong
collaboration with this group is also desirable.
The Post-Doctoral Researcher's / Senior Assistant's primary responsibility
will be to co-manage the group alongside the Chair holder. This means carrying
out world-class research broadly within the Chair's domain of interest and
publishing in the top-tier international venues. As part of this
responsibility, the postdoctoral researcher will co-supervise and work closely
with PhD students, undergraduate and masters students within the Chair.
Opportunities for external collaboration with both academic and industry
partners at other institutions will be plentiful, and promising collaborations
with top external colleagues will be encouraged.
Furthermore, a strong involvement is expected in the coordination and
management of various other research aspects of the group's activities and
projects, potentially including:
Helping to explore and define new research opportunities for the group
Writing grant proposals and technical reports for funded projects
Organisation of conferences and seminars within and beyond ETH
Assisting in the coordination of collaborative research projects
Participating in the evaluation and hiring of new group members
Participation in teaching and outreach activities is optional but possible
The successful candidate will receive an employment full-time contract and a
competitive gross salary in accordance with ETH standards. Additionally,
support for conference travel and research expenses will be available.
Appointment will be made at the appropriate level of the successful candidate.
PhD degree in energy systems analysis or a closely-related field, with a
strong publication track record in quantitative model-based analysis (in
the case of Postdoc, PhD near to completion may be considered).
Strong research background in at least one and ideally several of: energy
system integration, sector coupling, decentralised energy systems, multi-
energy systems, resource assessment methods
High motivation, ambition and enthusiasm about security research, an
analytical mindset, attention to detail, self-driven, ability to work both
independently and as a member of a research team.
Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to develop advising skills and
help foster the next generation of researchers
Outstanding communication skills in English, both oral and written.
ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science
and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge
fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over
30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place
that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires
excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over
the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following
Curriculum Vitae including educational history, full list of publications,
Research statement of ~2 pages covering your interests, goals, and how
they would relate to and fit in with the ESA Chair's research domain and
Names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references,
mentioning for each of them the professional relationship you have with
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our
online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not
For further information (no applications) please contact Prof. Russell
McKenna (email@example.com) at the Department of Mechanical and Process
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promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and
learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and
students are respected. Visit ourEqual Opportunities and Diversity website to
find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to
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