The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2200 people.

For the Group Energy Economics we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow

Your tasks

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a mobility project INTERCHARGE - Secure Integration of the Future E-mobility Charging Infrastructure with the Electricity Grid.

The focus of this Postdoctoral Fellow research is on the evolution of Swiss passenger electric mobility at regional levels and the development of charging strategies. This project envisages a strong collaboration of the energy systems modelling team at PSI with the electric grid modelling team at ETHZ.

Your tasks will include:
  • Establishing a method to regionalise Swiss passenger mobility
  • Expansion of the existing Swiss TIMES Energy system Model (STEM) with detailed regional mobility patterns
  • Modelling of e-mobility charging infrastructure, including a proxy for the representation of the electricity network
  • Performing long-term scenario analyses scoping on the transition to electricitybased passenger mobility with explicit consideration of grid implications
  • Publishing research results in scientific journals and to diverse audiences

Your profile

  • PhD degree in mechanical/electrical/energy/environmental engineering (or similar subject) with good publication track record
  • Good understanding of techno-economic characteristics of energy technology (e.g., e-mobility)
  • Solid background in energy economic modelling and optimisation tools; preferably proficient use of TIMES or an equivalent modelling framework
  • Excellent writing, organisation, and communication skills
  • Proficient English language skills are essential, and knowledge of the German language is an additional benefit

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Kannan Ramachandran, phone +41 56 310 28 64.

Please submit your application online by 30 June 2024 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 4502-06).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Serdal Varol, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland