Vacancy Notice No. 84E/2017

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,100 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health, and matter. All research is conducted in close collaboration with other members of the Helmholtz Association as well as with universities, non-university affiliated research institutes, and industry.

For additional information please visit: https://www.hzdr.de.

The future energy supply paradigm shift and the resource efficient circular economy system will challenge the society. Furthermore, this will innovate profound changes in energy supply and production processes. New raw material- and load-flexible manufacturing processes will have to be developed and their advantages regarding energy system integration, resource efficiency and economic attractiveness must be evaluated.

As part of a new research project "Energy Systems Integration-ESI" and the process development for sustainable industrial production of the future, you will examine the effects of energy generation and raw material change on the operation of energy-intensive industrial production. Due to the change from primary resources to secondary raw materials (circular economy) in combination with the increasing fluctuation of energy supply and demand,
technological and economic optimization requirements must be investigated and understood. Particularly, the interaction of continuous production of materials in large resource processing plants with the power stations (heat, electricity, chemical energy carrierssuch as gas, power to X) is of significance. Energy and material flows across the sectoral boundaries will change dramatically to enable a comprehensive management of the circular economy. A new research team, integrating excellent specialist groups at the Helmholtz Research Centres HZDR, KIT and FZJ, is working on this topic to investigate selected future options, with the objective to demonstrate technical potentials and systematically evaluate them.

You will be in an environment in which you can further develop your scientific career and contribute to the sustainable transformation of the energy system and industrial production.

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) and Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) invites applications as

Postdoc (m/f)

The position will be available from 01 February 2018. The employment contract is limited to two years. The regular weekly working time will be 39 hours. The salary is based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund. The work places are Karlsruhe and Freiberg.


  • industrial experience and detailed knowledge in at least one of the industrial sectors of energy, metallurgy or rocks and earth (cement production) is advantageous
  • knowledge on the economic evaluation and design of systems will be considered favourably
  • completed doctorate in one or more of the relevant disciplines as weil as relevant industrial experience will also be advantageous
  • research activities documented by international publication activity
  • very good English language skills (both written and spoken)
  • fast perception, independent work, teamwork


  • coordination of the project work package WP "Flexible basic industrial process chains" in the future-oriented Helmholtz research project "Energy Systems Integration ESI"
  • networking of the research activities in WP 2 of the project at KIT and HIF as well as networking within the overall project with the other WPs in the ESI project
  • technology research, specifically with reference to material and energetic description of process steps, as well as integrated, cross-sectoral process chains
  • coordination of the use and further development of simulation tools
  • determination and modelling of the system characteristics and limits regarding dynamic operation
  • computational optimization of the load-flexible operation of sector-wide subsystems, coupled material and energy cycles, focussing on energy efficiency, energy storage capacity and decoupling, including CAPEX and OPEX
  • reporting of the results of the different scenarios via scientific publications, conference and conference contributions and project reports
  • multidisciplinary collaboration in the project team at KIT (and HIF) and within the overail project

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus Reuter, Tel.: +49 351 260 - 4411 or Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Stapf.

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) by 26 November 2017 only via Online application (English / German).

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.

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