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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.

Open Positions

Jobs

The European Institute for Energy Research EDF-KIT EWIV (EIFER) is looking for a Research Engineer (f/m/d) in the field of energy planning of airports, maritime and inland ports, who will be part of the research group “Climate Neutral Communities”.

The position is based in Karlsruhe with a duration of initially 2 years starting as soon as possible. The salary is based on qualifications and experiences according to TV-L.

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.

Your tasks

  • Develop and promote multi-actor governance arrangements that address the interactions between all port-related stakeholders (including port authorities, ship owners, local communities and city planning departments)
  • Propose services and solutions to port-related stakeholders for the areas of energy planning, low carbon energy use, multi-modal mobility and logistics
  • Develop a roadmap to decarbonize ports and airports
  • Contribute to R&D/industry projects in collaboration with industrial and European partners

Your profile

  • A Master’s degree or PhD in engineering with a focus on energy planning and/or mobility (airports, maritime and inland ports)
  • Expertise in fret mobility and interaction between ports and territories would be appreciated
  • Able to communicate and work in a team, enthusiasm, reliability and independent working style
  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinking
  • Excellent level (C1) in English is mandatory, good French level is required

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
  • A contribution to the key challenge of our era: fight against climate change through the decarbonization of the energy supply

Would you also like to advance applied energy research?
We look forward to receiving your application documents, including a motivation letter (curriculum vitae, copies of testimonials etc.) until 31st August 2022 by e-mail: jobs@eifer.org with reference to the offer 22J025.

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

For additional information, concerning the work please contact: Grégory Savidand: gregory.savidand@eifer.org

The European Institute for Energy Research is looking for a Chemical Technician (m/f/d).

The position is based in Karlsruhe with a duration of initially 2 years starting as soon as possible. The salary is based on qualifications and experiences according to TV-L.

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.

In collaboration with its member KIT, EIFER maintains a laboratory dedicated to research on high temperature fuel cell / electrolysis / valorization of CO2 for E-Fuels-based applications. EIFER is currently contributing to a number of national (German and French) and European projects in this area through various research activities such as powder synthesis, cell elaboration and microstructural/electrochemical characterizations.

The assigned laboratory tasks involve

  • Materials synthesis and manufacture of samples
  • Structural and micro-structural characterizations (SEM, DRX, BET)
  • Analysis of gases (mass spectrometry)
  • Operating and maintenance of test setups
  • Collection, processing and analysis of experimental data with respect to performance, degradation and failure incidents + activity reporting
  • Maintenance, organization and safety of the laboratory

Required qualifications / skills

  • Chemical technician, Bachelor or equivalent degree in Chemistry
  • Good written and spoken German and English
  • Enthusiasm for experimental work
  • Ability to collaborate in an international environment
  • Autonomous working, discipline and regard for confidentiality, security and safety

Skills and experiences which would be of advantage

  • Knowledge in physics, electrochemistry, chemical process engineering, solid state chemistry
  • Experience with mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope
  • Knowledge of Solid Oxide Cells and Electrolysis technology

What you can expect

  • An international environment as well as a pleasant and open working atmosphere
  • Exciting and responsible tasks
  • Attractive retirement benefits
  • Motivating environment and flexible working hours
  • Possibility of remote work on days without laboratory 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, Lab location KIT Campus Süd
  • 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 July 2022. Please refer to the offer number 22J024.

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

For additional information concerning the work please contact Dr. Julian Dailly, julian.dailly@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 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.

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

Support on the assessment of potential of renewable energy resources at municipality level for France

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 on the assessment of potential of renewable energy resources.

Internship description
Assessing the renewable potential involves linking several topics, such as GIS data processing, technical and economic information. In EIFER, a tool for the assessment of renewable energy potential at municipality level has been developed. All the process concerning the GIS data input treatment and the link with the databases is nowadays, not automatic, even if, some of the processes have been already automatized. The main goal of the internship would be, to support the maintenance of the tool and to improve all the processes that are already implemented in a more efficient way. Moreover, this internship, should support the transition to new potential solutions in order to add value to the activity.

The assigned tasks involve

  • Support in download, store, management, cleaning and organization of data coming from different open data sources.
  • Analysis of collected data through: statistics, spatial analysis and mapping
  • Automatization of processes that are nowadays done manually
  • Exploration of new solutions with prototype building

Required qualifications / skills

  • Studies in the field of computer sciences / informatics
  • Knowledge associated to GIS and statistics
  • Programming experience (Access/Python)
  • Database experience (SQL, preferable already worked with PostgreSQL)
  • Interested in the field of energy and environment
  • Professional working proficiency in English (institute’s official working language), French or German knowledge is an advantage.

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.
  • 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: the fight against climate change through the decarbonization of the energy supply.

Conditions

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 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 22J023.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact stefano.sanfilippo@eifer.org

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 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.

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)

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.