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Would you like to be involved in creating innovative solutions supporting the transition to low-carbon, reliable and cost-efficient energy systems? Are you fascinated by applied research, science and technology?

Then EIFER is the right place for you! We are looking for curious minds to join us, who are always eager to learn and create something new together. Connecting research and industry for innovation, the German-French research institute EIFER offers you an inspiring and interdisciplinary work environment.

At EIFER, you can be sure to find a supportive atmosphere and a healthy work-life balance in a thriving international community whether you wish to work as a member of our scientific staff or in the technical-administrative field.

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Jobs

Junior Communications Manager

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

The Communications Department of the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) is seeking support in the form of a junior communications manager. The job includes event management, public relations and science communication.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Assistance in planning and implementation of the “20 years of EIFER” celebration event in October 2022
  • Assistance in media support for events (social media, audio and video production)
  • Participant management and correspondence
  • Content creation for social media and the website
  • General project support

Required qualifications / skills

The typical profile expected for this position is:

  • Degree and/or exerience in communication, media science, marketing or comparable
  • Affinity for organization and planning
  • Creativity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good written and spoken English and German, French would be an asset
  • Desirable qualifications: Previous experience in media production, use of Adobe Suite and content management systems, interest in science communication.

What you can expect

  • An international environment as well as a pleasant and open working atmosphere
  • Flat hierarchies and short decision paths
  • Exciting and responsible tasks
  • Attractive retirement benefits
  • Family-friendly workplace with flexible working hours
  • Possibility of remote work

Conditions

  • Duration: the position is initially limited to 2 years
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany and remotely
  • Possibility of part-time work
  • The salary is based on qualification and experience according to TV-L

Contact

If you want to join our institute, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae) until 31 May 2022. Please refer to the offer number 22J011.
To learn more about EIFER, please visit our website at: http://www.eifer.or

For additional information concerning the work please contact Jeannine Eckstein, jeannine.eckstein@eifer.org or Dr. Nurten Avci, nurten.avci@eifer.org

The European Institute for Energy Research EDF-KIT EWIV (EIFER) is looking for a Research fellow (m/f/d) in geospatialized analysis, who will integrate the Research Group “Climate Neutral Communities”.

By designing low CO2 and resilient energy models integrating all urban issues related to the energy transition, EIFER’s research group “Climate Neutral Communities” develops methodologies, models and tools to support local decision making to draft territorial strategic plans for climate neutrality: renewable energy sources integration, best available energy-efficient solutions implementation, urban heat islands mitigation, air quality improvement, low-CO2 mobility deployment, with disruptive local governance schemes). Within this framework, geospatial data analysis is a core skill of EIFER.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Contribution to R&D projects with strong interaction with various EDF entities (R&D, strategic and operational divisions) and also European partners
  • Global understanding of territorial stakes with regard to climate change and energy transition
  • Responsibility for technical spatial analysis-based studies for EIFER’s clients and development of:
    • suitable indicators, methods and support energy planning at the municipality/region level
    • methods to assess geographical potential in the context of climate change and resilience
  • Establishment of cartography/mapping using GIS (QGIS, ArcGIS) and statistical analysis
  • Contact person for EIFER’s clients and partners to understand their needs, define workplans, communicate results

Required qualifications and skills

  • The job applicant should hold a Master degree or equivalent in a domain related/close to the topic: geospatial data analysis, territorial planning, climate change
  • Good knowledge on geospatial analysis and GIS tools
  • Demonstrated interest on low-carbon energy solutions
  • Knowledge in programming (Python) in database (PostgreSQL) will be appreciated
  • Rigor and respect of the requirements of quality/cost/deadlines
  • Ability and motivation for working in a multi-disciplinary project team
  • Interdisciplinary and analytical thinking
  • Ability to work autonomously and responsibly in a structured way and to convey clear, synthetic and efficient messages orally and in written form
  • Excellent level (C1) in English is mandatory, good French level would be highly appreciated
  • Beginners are welcome

Why joining EIFER?

  • A stimulating human-size, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • A wide spectrum of topics, projects, technologies, external partners
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonation of the energy supply

Conditions
The duration of the position is initially limited to 2 years, starting as soon as possible. The salary is based on qualification and experience according to TV-L (100%).

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please submit your electronic application until 15th May 2022 with one single pdf of max. 5MB (including all relevant information as CV, copies of testimonials etc.) to jobs@eifer.org with reference to the offer “22J017”.

For additional information concerning EIFER and the work, please have a look on our website or contact us: contact@eifer.org

The European Institute for Energy Research is looking for a Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in High Temperature Steam Electrolysis, who will integrate the Research Group “Low Carbon Hydrogen Systems”.

The position is based in Karlsruhe with a duration of initially 3 years starting as soon as possible. The salary is based on qualifications and experiences according to TV-L (100%).

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

You will be part of the Low Carbon Hydrogen Systems research group with around 20 researchers. The activities include research and innovation along the whole chain value of Hydrogen technologies, from the development of advanced components to the qualification of integrated system module performances & reliability through our laboratories and on-field prototyping sites. They are fostered by a smart network of academic and industrial partners and a commitment in several national (French and German) and European funding research projects dealing with low carbon hydrogen production and usages.

What you can expect

As a member of the Group Low Carbon Hydrogen Systems, you will be involved in:

  • Project management
  • Experimental work in the laboratory at cell and stack level with electrochemical performance and degradation evaluation
  • Cell/stack analysis with impedance spectroscopy, microscopy and X-ray diffraction
  • Contribute to advance characterization methods with design and development of innovative techniques
  • External presentation of activities via publications and conference contributions

What we expect

  • A PhD degree in Material Science or Energy
  • Skills on experimental work in high temperature technology with solid oxide cells
  • Material characterization with classical techniques
  • Skills for implementation & improvement of testing equipment (e.g. cell housings, evaporation systems, data acquisition and testing installations, implementation & optimization of impedance spectroscopy on different testing installations)
  • Affinity with data manipulation & analysis
  • Experience in processing research or industrial projects
  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinking
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team, enthusiasm, reliability and independent working style
  • The position requires a strong ability for team working in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English; German or French language skills will be considered an advantage

 What we offer

  • An international environment as well as a pleasant and open working atmosphere
  • Flat hierarchies and short decision paths
  • Exciting, responsible tasks and cross-team project work

Would you also like to advance applied energy research?

We look forward to receiving your application documents, including a motivation letter (PhD certificate, curriculum vitae, copies of testimonials etc.) until 15 May 2022 by e-mail: jobs@eifer.org

To learn more about EIFER, please visit our website at: http://www.eifer.org

For additional information, concerning the work please contact:
Dr. Aline Léon (aline.leon@eifer.org), Tel +49 (0) 721/6105 1459
Dr. Josef Schefold (josef.schefold@eifer.org), Tel +49 (0) 721/6105 1320
Dr. Mathieu Marrony (mathieu.marrony@eifer.org), Tel +49 (0) 721/6105 1318

Student Jobs / Trainees / Internships

Modelling of a dynamic water electrolysers from single cell approach up to stack level

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

One of the most commercialized technologies for electrolysis processes are the Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyser (PEMEL) and Alkaline Water Electrolyser (AEL). The understanding of its functioning is essential to improve the technology and make it more competitive on the market.
In regards to this subject, EIFER is looking for a student interested in developing a model of PEM electrolyser from the single cell approach up to the stack level (in a second time, a focus on AEL technology could be of interest). The models will aim to mimic both the electrochemical and thermal electrolyser behaviour under dynamic conditions.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Bibliography study on model of PEM/AEL electrolysers
  • Implementation of the equation in MATLAB Simulink

Required qualifications / skills
The position is aiming to students in material sciences/energy engineering.

  • Good knowledge in scientific coding
  • Good knowledge in material science
  • Professional working proficiency in English (institute’s official working language)

What you can expect

  • A stimulating, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities

Conditions

  • Duration: 3 to 6 months
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely
  • Working hours: up to 40 hours per month
  • Remuneration: 460 € basis, hourly rate depending on the student´s education level

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J021.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact Davide Beretta, davide.beretta@eifer.org

Development of urban freight simulation – methodological architecture and implementation for sustainable assessment

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 20 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries. The team Climate Neutral Communities is looking for a student (f/m/d) who would be interested in working on the development of a method to assess urban freight mobility, at local scale.

Internship description
Responsible for many GES emissions, mobility is a key sector to decarbonate for reaching the CO2 neutral objective in future. EIFER has developed a traffic framework to simulate individual mobility, and its evolution according to local transport policies for future. Nevertheless, this remains only about 50% of the overall mobility, which means the results of scenarios do not highlight evolutions on freight-oriented territories and masks the usefulness of certain local policies. The other 50% of mobility relies on (Urban) freight transport, contributing to economics dynamic as well as its negative effects such as traffic congestion, energy consumption, air and noise pollution. Including this aspect into modelling is an urgent requirement, to understand the global impact of spreading low carbon technologies into fleet as well as local policies impacts, on the environmental assessments. The student will contribute to benchmark the existing tools or methods in the field of freight mobility, and how they can be taken advantage of, in cooperation to the EIFER passenger traffic framework. The definition of data requirements and first tests for development are also expected.

The assigned tasks involve
The student will be involved in the conception of the architecture, the data preparation, the tool development and the documentation writing.

  • Literature review and scientific watch upon tools and methods for freight simulation
  • Test and comparison on existing tools and use case identification
  • Specifications of logistic module for traffic framework
  • Participation to the development of urban freight method for MATSIM (requirements, mock-up, tests, etc.)

Required qualifications / skills

  • Student in scientific/research field: Urban planning, engineering, IT or similar
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel and Word
  • GIS / spatial analysis knowledge
  • Data management abilities and Java skills
  • A first experience in mobility field would be highly appreciated
  • Good skills in French and English

What you can expect

  • A stimulating, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonation of the energy supply

Conditions

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Working hours: 39.5 hours
  • Starting: As soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Compensation: 450€ per month

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J020.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact Elise Nimal (elise.nimal@eifer.org), Tel.: +49 721 6105 1709.

Territorial economic modelling – evaluation of a regionalised economic model

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 20 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

The team Energy Transition, Markets, Environment is looking for a student (f/m/d) in the field of renewable energy economics.

Internship description
In order to understand and report on the value creation around hydroelectric facilities, a territorial economic simulation tool was developed and used in various French regions to estimate the economic benefits and the effects on employment (direct, indirect and induced).

The intern will conduct bibliographic work and review available data sources in sectoral economics. In a second step, the internship will consist in setting up an evaluation of the results of the simulations by identifying the sources of deviations from the “reference” data, then by proposing and testing avenues of improvement and, finally, by feeding the tool with other territorialized sectoral databases. The final step will be to develop a protocol for integrating local authority tax data into the tool and to provide documentation on the use of the tool.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Bibliographic research
  • Identification of additional databases
  • Test of the territorial economic simulation tool
  • Application of the tool to test cases

Required qualifications / skills

  • Master’s degree in economics or econometrics, or third year of engineering school with a specialisation in economics.
  • Desired skills: econometrics, economic modelling, Python
  • Perfect command of French required, good command of English desirable, knowledge of German is an advantage

What you can expect

  • A stimulating, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonation of the energy supply

Conditions

  • Duration: 5 to 6 months
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely (depending on the current corona restrictions for workplaces)
  • Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
  • Monthly compensation: 450 € for a compulsory internship

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J018.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact Sebastian Weber (sebastian.weber@eifer.org) or Nicole Pini (nicole.pini@eifer.org)

22J016 – Internship proposal – Digital twin for Multi-Energy Microgrids: Development of a load curve generator

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 20 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

The team Local Multi-Energy Systems is looking for a student (f/m/d) interested in providing support in the design of microgrids in developing countries.

Internship description
Modelling a multi-energy system (MES) involves linking several topics, such as energy resources, energy conversion, energy transportation and consumption. Prior to modelling, technological features and local constrains of the territory must be well known and understood. The boundary conditions such as irradiation, temperature, village electricity demand are key input, because they influence directly the design of the multi-energy system and its optimization.
In concrete projects, especially the electricity demand of the villages is often missing and, when it is available, it is often incomplete. Often the measured data concern small amount of time over the year when they are available. It would be important to have approaches for the extension of the available data to the whole year.
In the frame of LEOPARD, other projects and in-house developments, the work during the internship will contribute to the review on work and literature. This review concerns EIFER internal projects and external literature on electricity demand modelling. In this context, also relevant data shall be collected from different sources. In order to tackle the problem of incomplete data, the candidate will participate in the conception of new approaches, such as the generation of data through simulators and statistical methods. Moreover, the produced data shall be organized and collected.
This work involves research on external sources as well as exchanges with colleagues in the institute.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Review on work and literature in electric demand for MES;
  • Collection of real data;
  • Generation of synthetic data through simulators and statistical approach;
  • Multi-Energy modelling for microgrid using the tool MemoGrid: Design and optimize the LEOPARD solution (i.e. PV panels, storage and associated power electronics) in relation with load curves
  • Documentation of the accomplished work.

Required qualifications / skills

  • Studies in the engineering field;
  • Skills in modelling; knowledge on Java/Python/AnyLogic language and optimisation is appreciated;
  • Skills in statistical approaches;
  • Basic knowledge of decentralized energy production; skills in technical and economic analysis;
  • Interest in energy transition, open-minded to environmental and societal issues.

What you can expect

  • A stimulating human-size, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • Practical experience in development of research software for a real–world use case
  • Opportunities to explore new technologies and methods if it fits in the context of the project
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonation of the energy supply

Conditions

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely (depending on the current corona restrictions for workplaces)
  • Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
  • Monthly compensation: 450 € for compulsory internship

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J016.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact stefano.sanfilippo@eifer.org or jean-sebastien.cardot@eifer.org

22J013 – Internship proposal – Discrete Choice Methodology

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

The candidate will investigate the method of discrete choice experiments for the design of agri-environmental policies. The main focus of the work lies on surveying the current scope of application of the method to environmental management and its potential for innovating agricultural politics. The proposed work includes also support to project development such as exploring what type of incentives and contracts would be most viable for ecological practices and identifying possible applications to agri-environmental management scenarios. The potential project to be developed consists of the construction of a discrete choice proposal for an agri-environmental issue.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Literature survey on discrete choice experiments applied to environmental management
  • Screening for case studies on agri-environmental applications
  • Meetings and discussions for identification of case studies and project development
  • Presentation of intermediate results
  • Development of an experimental protocol using the discrete choice method
  • Preparation of documentation (report, presentation etc.)

The typical profile expected for this position would include

  • Enrollment in a degree in engineering, business, psychology, economics or related fields.
  • Interest in environmental policy and economic incentives
  • Professional presentation skills
  • Professional working proficiency in English (institute’s official working language). Knowledge of French and/or German would be of value
  • Rigor and respect of the requirements in terms of quality and deadlines.
  • The applicant must be enrolled at a university during the whole time of the training.

What you can expect

  • An international experience in a stimulating multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • Acquisition of valuable knowledge from a team with great experience in the field of environmental management for the energy sector.
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: the fight against climate change through the decarbonization of the energy supply.

Conditions
Duration: 6 months
Starting date: 1st June 2022
Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely.
Working hours: 39.5 hours per week.
Monthly compensation: 450 € gross (compulsory internship).

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to offer number 22J013.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact: Kristin Limbach (kristin.limbach@eifer.org)

22J008 – Student assistant – Power system and power market database and visualization

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

The team “Policy Analysis and Energy Market Studies” is looking for a student (f/m/d) interested in providing support in building a database and visualizations for power system and power market data. The team heavily relies on clean data to perform data analysis for its research and consulting activities. These data must be extracted from different sources, cleaned and stored in order for it to be useful for the team. To this end, a Python package is being developed.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Further development of a Python package taking over ETL task
  • Database normalisation
  • Working on new functionalities such as integration to visualisation tools and user interfaces (e.g. Grafana, Dash, PowerBI)

Required qualifications / skills
The typical profile expected for this position is:

  • Enrollment in a degree in software engineering or engineering
  • Proven knowledge of
    • at least one mayor programming language (Python, Java, JavaScript, etc.)
    • SQL concepts
    • version control (Git)
  • Professional working proficiency in English (institute’s official working language). Knowledge of German would be of value.
  • Proven interest in the power system and power markets

What you can expect

  • A stimulating human-size, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • An institute at the intersection between academic research and one of the largest energy utilities
  • A wide spectrum of topics, projects, technologies, external partners
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonation of the energy supply

Conditions

  • Duration: 6 months (possibility for extension)
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely
  • Working hours: up to 40 hours per month
  • Remuneration: 460 € basis, hourly rate depending on the student´s education level

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J008.
For additional information concerning the work please contact Agustín Motte Cortés, Tel.: +49 721 6105 1437, agustin.motte-cortes@eifer.org

22J006 – Internship proposal – Development & Testing of Hydrogen System Prototype

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

EIFER is looking for an intern to contribute to the development and testing of hydrogen components to be installed in a demonstration project. The innovative prototype will be designed and 3-D modelled by the student, with strong support from project engineers in EIFER and from project partners. Finally, the prototype will be manufactured and tested in the EIFER-laboratories. In addition, the student will support the team with the techno-economic analysis of the project.

The assigned tasks involve
Technical design and development of the prototype

  • Definition of system specifications in close collaboration with project partners, including physical visits to partner facilities for detailed exchanges
  • Mechanical and process design & calculations
  • Selection of suitable components & exchange with suppliers
  • Detailed 3D modelling of the prototype

Manufacturing & testing of prototype

  • Assembly of the functional prototype
  • Creation of a test plan for safety and functionality testing
  • Building a test-bench and carrying out the test campaign
  • Evaluation, interpretation and documentation of results

Safety studies

  • Participation in safety studies performed with external companies
  • Implementation of safety measures and documentation
  • Creation of user instructions manual

Required qualifications / skills
The typical profile expected for this position would include:

  • Enrollment in a degree in engineering.
  • Rigor and respect of the requirements in terms of quality and deadlines.
  • Proven interest in the field of energy and environment, and hydrogen in particular.
  • Proven knowledge of 3D modelling software (e.g.: Autodesk Inventor, CATIA V6, Solidworks, etc.)
  • Professional working proficiency in English (institute’s official working language), French or German knowledge is an advantage.

The applicant must be enrolled at a university during the whole time of the training.

What you can expect

  • An international experience in a stimulating multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment at the interface between research and one of the largest energy utilities worldwide.
  • Acquisition of valuable knowledge from a team with great experience in the field of hydrogen and overall energy.
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: the fight against climate change through the decarbonization of the energy supply.

Conditions

  • Duration: 6
  • Starting date: as soon as possible.
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely.
  • Working hours: 39.5 hours per week.
  • Monthly compensation: 450 € gross (compulsory internship).

Contact

If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to offer number 22J006.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Rami Chahrouri, chahrouri@eifer.org, Tel. +49 (0) 721/6105-1453.

Front-end and backend software development: prototyping for Energy and Climate Dashboards

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

In the frame of the H2020 European project “RESPONSE”, the consortium is building an Energy-Climate Platform for Dijon Metropolis to monitor its energy-climate plan and support concertation with local actors; it will also provide the Metropolis with real time maps and predictions of air quality and temperature in order to protect inhabitants of environmental conditions. These two scopes provide features for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The platform relies on real-time energy data collection (utilities’ data, sensors) and automatic data processing to compute indicators on energy (carriers, consumption, production, usages) and GHG emissions at the scale of the territory, and indicators to monitor projects contributing to decarbonisation. EIFER animates the local consortium, designs energy and climate indicators and develops an energy-climate dashboard.

The assigned tasks involve
The general goal is to prototype how to render into a Content Management System graphs and geographical maps produced by both open-source libraries (such as Vega, Plotly) and proprietary frameworks (ESRI, analytics…), and to prototype computation solutions to generate the data to display:

  • Test one or more Content Management Systems (CMS), configure it to match existing specifications of a GUI
  • Test the integration of one or more CMS with graphing libraries such as Vega or Plotly, and maps rendering such as ESRI solutions or Leaflet
  • Deploy simple databases and services for prototyping (for instance PostgreSQL or PostGIS)
  • Test the integration of scientific workflows (KNIME) to produce the data to graph
  • Contribute to the design of a simple architecture (architecture diagrams, presentation of proposals, architecture documents, documents for project management)
  • Communicate with a team of external partners and end-users to test prototypes: presentation in meetings (English or French), reports, testing sessions, workshops

Required qualifications / skills
The typical profile expected for this position is Licence 3 / Master 1 / Master 2 student in software engineering or engineering. We are open to any profile having the relevant mindset and background:

  • Interest for data visualization, basic knowledge of at least one visualization framework (Vega, Plotly, graphviz, d3js, Apache superset, …)
  • Interest in delivering neat graphical user interfaces to end-users
  • Good level in at least a high-level programming language (Python/Django, Java), basic experience with several programming languages (Python, Java, JavaScript, Scala, R…), being open to learn other languages if necessary
  • Basics for web frontend development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JavaScript frameworks
  • Basic knowledge of databases (structure, SQL language, indexing, experience with a database engine such as MySQL)
  • Understanding of concepts and methods for software architecture: Object-oriented, database, UML, webservices
  • A first contact with Geographic Information Systems (ESRI, GeoServer, QGIS …) or Web Mapping (OpenStreetMap, Here Maps …) is a plus but not mandatory.
  • Tenacity, curiosity
  • English B2 (institute’s official working language), French B2 (definition of indicators includes French interlocutors)

What you can expect

  • Work collaboratively in a team with software architects and software engineers
  • An international experience in a stimulating multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment at the interface between research and a large utility
  • A stimulating context in which proposals compliant with technical and functional constraints would be welcomed
  • Work on the first prototypes of a product with identified end-users

Conditions

  • Duration: 5-6 months
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany or remotely
  • Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
  • Monthly compensation: 450 € for compulsory internship

Contact
If you want to join our motivated team, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae). Please refer to the offer number 22J001.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Omar Benhamid omar.benhamid@eifer.org or Samuel Thiriot samuel.thiriot@eifer.org.