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PhD students on policies for a transition to a completely renewable electricity system
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Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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PhD students on policies for a transition to a completely renewable electricity system

The Renewable Energy Policy Group at ETH Zurich is looking for three

PhD students on policies for a transition to a completely renewable electricity system
To fulfil its long-term climate obligations and do its share climate change mitigation, Europe must completely decarbonise its electricity system by the middle of the century. As several low-carbon supply options – especially nuclear power and carbon capture and storage – are currently expensive and suffer from problems with scaling up, the European decision for complete decarbonisation is likely to equal a decision for a transition to a completely renewable power system. Such a transition will be very challenging, especially within the short time frame of 30-35 years. It is even more challenging as it is not the only energy policy aim: at the same time, Europe also seeks to liberalise its power market, europeanise the power system and lift the policy competence from the national to the European level, and to reduce energy and electricity demand. As these aims affect the same system, they will interact, but exactly how they could affect each other has not been investigated in detail; yet, there is reason to expect that their interactions may not be synergistic but rather conflicting.

To identify how these other energy policy aims interact with the transition to renewables, we are looking for three PhD students. The successful candidates will work in the Renewable Energy Policy Group – which will start in August 2017- and be supervised by Johan Lilliestam, in a new and expanding research group focused on policy analysis of options, strategies and instruments for the transition to a completely renewable electricity system. The successful candidates will work in the European Research Council-founded project TRIPOD: the transition to a renewable electricity system and its interactions with other policy aims.
Suitable candidates must have a Master Degree, preferably in energy-related fields, such as energy system or energy policy analysis, either in interdisciplinary settings such as public policy or environmental policy, and/or with a background in social sciences, including economics, political science or similar.
Any candidate will have a strong interest in academic research, underlined by an excellent track record. The successful candidates are expected to finish their thesis within three years. The workplace will be Zürich, at the ETH Zentrum Campus.
Documented experience - for example in a Master Thesis, or a research paper/report – with quantitative methods, including statistics, power system modelling, or conjoint analysis will speak strongly in your favour. A good understanding of the European electricity system and European energy policy are key experiences.
Fluency in English is a prerequisite for the position, and fluency in other European languages is highly valuable; the working languages at ETH are German and English. The starting date for all three positions is 2 August 2017, or a later date subject to negotiation.
For further information, please contact Johan Lilliestam by email johan.lilliestam@usys.ethz.ch.

Please submit your application online, as one pdf document, with attention to: ETH Zurich, Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, 8092 Zurich, including (1) a letter of motivation, describing your research interests and reasons for doing a PhD on this topic (max 2 pages); (2) your CV, including any relevant research experience or methodological skills; (3) names and contact details of two referees familiar with your work and skills; (4) a scan of your university diplomas and transcripts; (5) a writing sample, such as a paper/report or a chapter from your (draft) Master thesis. Applications sent by email or mail will not be considered. Candidates who already have a PhD are not eligible for the position and will not be considered. Review of applications will start on 1 April 2017, but the positions will remain open until filled.

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