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|| PostDoc (100%) Position
|| The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) Potsdam
|| Europe and Central Asia
|Type of job
|| temporary contract
|| 12 with possible extensionmonths
|| Renewable Energy
|Language of description
|| The successful applicant will contribute to the EU-funded (Horizon 2020) SENTINEL project, working closely with the project leader Prof. Johan Lilliestam in the Energy Transition Dynamics (ETD) group. The ETD group investigates policies and strategies for the complete decarbonisation of the electricity system using only or almost only renewables.
To fulfil its long-term climate obligations, Europe must completely decarbonise its electricity system by the middle of the century. This requires a transition to a completely, or almost completely, renewable power system. Such a transition will be very challenging, and there are many unknowns ahead. To understand the transition process and trade-offs between different options, energy modelling is an important and powerful tool, indispensable in current energy policy-making. However, existing models are often not suited for investigating a wholesale transition to a future power system that is entirely different from the present: most existing frameworks are built around conventional power generation, and are not well suited to represent and investigate the dynamics of transitions, including technoeconomic but also societal and political factors.
The SENTINEL project addresses this gap by developing a suite of open source energy models, including both demand- and supply-side models with hard or soft links between, with sufficient resolution to be able to describe and investigate fully decarbonised futures, including such with very high shares of renewables. Other than many other projects, SENTINEL does not place the models but the users of models and model output at the centre, postulating that the best model is not the most detailed one but the one that can answer questions its users need answered. In this, IASS will be responsible for a core part of the project: we will identify the needs of users of energy system models,
through different types of stakeholder analysis, including both appropriate forms of surveys and workshops/interviews. We will also support the modelling efforts of SENTINEL by developing a dataset for social factors, including acceptance/opposition, affecting the speed and direction of the European energy transition.
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