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 postdocs, post‐graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2200 people. 

For our research on advanced analysis of integration of variable renewable energy technology in Switzerland we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow Holistic energy systems modelling of nuclear energy technologies

Your tasks

  • Development and application of the Swiss TIMES Energy systems Model by advancing its representation of conventional and nuclear energy technologies 
  • Performing cutting‐edge research related to the future developments of nuclear energy in the Swiss energy system, including conventional power generation and novel technologies and configurations (e.g. SMR, hydrogen) 
  • Scientific supervision of Master students and possibly PhD students
  • Contribution to the acquisition of research projects 
  • Lead model development tasks and coordination of research with project partners 
  • Dissemination and communication of research results to diverse audiences, including in both academic and non‐academic literature and communities

Your profile

  • PhD degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, energy/environmental science, economics or computer engineering
  • Experience and expert knowledge in integrated energy economic modelling, optimisation tools (esp. TIMES) 
  • Proficient use of programming languages such as GAMS, Python, MATLAB etc. 
  • Solid knowledge about techno‐economic characteristics of existing and novel energy technologies and systems 
  • Excellent writing, organisation and communication skills 
  • Good publication track record 
  • Excellent English language skills are essential. Knowledge of 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 will initially be limited to 2 years. 

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr Russell McKenna, phone +41 56 310 23 01. 

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. 4500‐01). 

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