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PhD Position in Renewable Energy Systems
|| PhD Position in Renewable Energy Systems
|| University of Genera
|| Europe and Central Asia
|Type of job
|| diploma/doctoral thesis
|Language of description
The Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva is looking to fill an
open interdisciplinary PhD position with the focus on bridging quantitative energy
modeling and insights from sociology for investigating and promoting transitions to
renewable energy systems. The interfaculty Institute of Environmental Sciences conducts
research between and beyond individual disciplines relating to environmental challenges,
especially energy, climate, biodiversity, cities and regions, and water. The PhD student
will be based in the Renewable Energy Systems group, led by Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte
in the Faculty of Science, and will be co-supervised by Prof. Marlyne Sahakian from the
Department of Sociology.
The successful candidate will conduct case studies in Switzerland on the actual uptake
of renewable energy systems and pathways to promoting their faster deployment. The
case studies will bridge energy systems modeling and analysis at a municipal level with
insights from social practice theories, towards comparative work that accounts for social,
institutional and material conditions. In return, the Institute of Environmental Sciences and the groups of Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte and Prof. Marlyne Sahakian provide a stimulating
and innovative research environment in relation to one of today’s most pressing societal
challenges – energy generation and usage. The city of Geneva is a pioneer in promoting
renewable energy as well as hosts multiple international organizations that foster global
transitions. The University of Geneva offers excellent conditions for the PhD students,
including a competitive salary. The city consistently ranks worldwide among the most
attractive cities to live.
Application process and requirements:
In order to qualify for the position, the candidates are required to have a completed
Master’s degree and a background in environmental, energy or related sciences with a
proven ability in quantitative analysis. Interest in the social dimension of energy is
essential for this position and the candidates with an ability of conducting comparative
case studies, stakeholder interviews, or surveys will be given priority. Excellent skills in English and one Swiss national language are required (understanding, speaking, and
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applications shall include: (1) a
letter of motivation in English, (2) CV, (3) recommendation letters (or work certificates)
and contact information of two referees, (4) a sample document of academic writing in
English (e.g. Master thesis, semester thesis, a publication as first author), and (5) a
scanned copy of the Master’s degree diploma with grades. If the size of the email exceeds
10 MB, please only include the letter of motivation and CV in the email as well as a link
for downloading the rest of the documents, e.g. Dropbox.
The candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The review of
applications will start on 15th March 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled.
The starting date will be mutually agreed on.
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