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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.

Vacant Positions

20J017 – Research fellow (m/f/d) in the field of Life Cycle Costing in the context of material circularity

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by Electricité de France (EDF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2001 with the legal structure European Economic Interest Grouping aiming at enhanced collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues.
Today, EIFER is recognized as an independent French-German research institute committed to its members and partners. With its highly 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. To this aim, EIFER focusses on innovative approaches based on territorial, economic and ecological assessments.

EIFER’s research group “Energy transition, markets, environment” conducts research into qualitative and quantitative assessments of the environmental and socio-economic consequences of activities. Diverse methods are applied, such as value creation, environmental accounting, monetization (with involvement in the development of new standards at the ISO level), social cost–benefit analyses, ecosystem services review, and life-cycle assessment.

The assigned tasks involve
• Contribute to ongoing work in the frame of the EU-funded ORIENTING project on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) of materials and particularly related to Life Cycle Costing and material criticality evaluation. This involves the following tasks:

o analysing the relevant scientific and technical literature,
o specification of relevant indicators,
o working on the integration of life cycle costing into an overall LCSA framework together with the research team and external project partners;

• Contribute to proposals to further develop research activities, including respond to calls for public funded projects.

Required qualifications and skills
• The job applicant should hold a Master degree or equivalent in economics, engineering or political sciences
• Knowledge of Life Cycle Costing
• Ability to work independently and responsibly in a structured way and to convey clear and efficient messages orally and in written form
• Interdisciplinary and analytical thinking
• Service-oriented approach
• English mandatory, French and German are appreciated

Conditions
The duration of the position is initially limited to 1 year, starting on 1st March 2021. 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 20th January 2021 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 “20J017”.
For additional information concerning the work please contact Till Bachmann (till.bachmann@eifer.org) or Nicole Pini (nicole.pini@eifer.org).

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19J003 – IT-Support Allrounder (w/m/d) mit Spezialbereich “LINUX”

Sie suchen eine neue berufliche Herausforderung in einem dynamischen und internationalen Arbeitsumfeld? Dann sind Sie bei EIfER genau richtig! Zur Verstärkung unseres IT- Teams suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt einen IT-Support Allrounder (w/m/d) mit Spezialbereich „Linux“

Ihre Aufgaben
– Abarbeitung der eingehenden Tickets (2nd/3rd Level)
– Wartung der hausinternen Server innerhalb unserer privaten Cloud (VMware)
– Erstellung technischer Dokumentationen
– Installation & Wartung von Servern mit fachspezifischen Lösungen (Linux / Windows)
• Datenbankserver wie MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, InfluxDB
• Webserver wie nginx, Apache Tomcat, Apache http
• DevOps Umgebung (OpenShift)

Ihr Profil
– Abgeschlossene IT-spezifische Berufsausbildung
– Idealerweise 1-2 Jahre relevante Berufserfahrung
– Gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
– Optional: gute Französischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
– Flexibilität, Dienstleistungsorientierung und sehr gute Organisationsfähigkeit
– Ein stark ausgeprägter Teamgeist und Kommunikationsstärke
– Freundliche und verbindliche Umgangsformen
– Eine eigenverantwortliche und selbstständige Arbeitsweise mit hoher Präzision und nicht zuletzt das Talent, selbst in heißen Phasen einen kühlen Kopf zu behalten, runden Ihr Profil ab

Was wir Ihnen bieten
– Vielfältige Möglichkeiten sich in unser Institut einzubringen, neue Impulse zu setzen und Ihre Tätigkeit aktiv zu gestalten
– Flache Hierarchien und ein kreatives, persönliches Miteinander in einer interkulturellen Arbeitsumgebung
– Flexible Arbeitszeiten
– Gute Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie
– Individuelle Weiterbildungsangebote
– Regelmäßige Mitarbeiterevents

Kontakt
Sie haben Lust auf diese neue berufliche Herausforderung? Dann freuen wir uns auf Ihre Bewerbung unter Angabe der Stellennummer „19J003“ an jobs@eifer.org.
Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen idealerweise gebündelt in einem Dokument, Format pdf, max. 5MB.
Bei weiteren Fragen ist Heike Stockmann gerne für Sie da: +49 721 6105 1462, stockmann@eifer.org

21J001 – INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL

Title: Modelling of power-to-methane concepts

EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research EDF-KIT EWIV) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Électricité de France (EDF). The institute gathers about 100 research employees and offers a comfortable working environment equipped with advanced research facilities (Technologiepark, Karlsruhe).
In order to support our activities in the fields of our modeling activities, EIFER looks for a trainee.

The assigned tasks involve:
•  The student will be in charge of improving and verifying a MATLAB model for the energy assessment of different concepts of power-to-methane units based on the pinch technology.
•  The main electrolysis technology investigated, the so-called SOEC, will be modelled, based on cell experimental data generated from ongoing EIFER lab tests.
•  The student will be working with two PhD students under the supervision of a senior project manager.

Required qualifications / skills / interests:
• Good programming skills with MATLAB, fully familiar with Microsoft Office® Suite of software
• An education in process or chemical engineering, as well as previous experience in process modelling and pinch analysis. A knowledge of technologies involved in power-to-methane conversion processes (electrolysis, methanation or CO2 capture) would be advantageous
• Ability to write/communicate in English and German mandatory
• Synthetic and analytical thinking, ability to work in autonomy

Conditions:
• Duration: 6 months, starting as soon as possible
• Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
• Monthly compensation: 450€ – basis / hourly rate depending on the student’s education level
• Place of work: depends on the Covid-19 restrictions; Remotely or in EIFER, Technologiepark, Emmy-Noether-Straße 11, 76131 Karlsruhe

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org (cover letter + curriculum vitae, copies of testimonials/university degrees etc.). Please refer to the offer number 21J001.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Dr. Julian Dailly, dailly@eifer.org.

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20J016 – STUDENT ASSISTANT  f/m/d

Title: Estimating the employment effects of the hydrogen economy, with a focus on electrolyser and fuel cell projects

EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research EDF-KIT EWIV) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Électricité de France (EDF). Today EIFER has an international team consisting of more than 100 researchers. The “Energy Transition, Markets, Environment” and “Low Carbon Hydrogen Systems” groups are currently looking for a student interested in working in the field of renewable energy economics.

Context
Hydrogen and fuel cells are on the verge of becoming alternatives to traditional fuels and batteries, with detailed strategies for large-scale investments put forward by the German and French governments as well as the European Commission. Important questions arise from these investments, for example where the future industry will be located, which regions will benefit most and what parts of the hydrogen economy create the biggest employment effects.

The student will work with the hydrogen and the value creation teams, helping them understand the value creation, and especially employment, effects of hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructures in the context of a European market. This activity is part of an ongoing project, aiming at further developing a model for estimating the employment effects.

The assigned tasks involve:
• Decomposition of fuel cell and hydrogen electrolyser value chains
• Definition of industry development scenarios
• Work on indirect and induced employment effects
• Improving and testing the methodology and its results
• Prototyping of an employment estimation tool

Required qualifications:
• Student of economics or industrial engineering (or related fields)
• Knowledge of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector is a plus
• Fluent in English and German (French would also be an asset)
• MS Excel knowledge is a must, Python or other programming skills are an asset

Conditions:
• Duration: 9 months, starting as soon as possible
• Working hours: 39,5 hours per month, exact hours depend on student´s education level
• Remuneration: according to KIT rules; exact hourly rate depends on the student´s education level
• Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please submit your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB (including all relevant information as CV and cover letter, in English) to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer-number 20J016. For additional information concerning the work please contact Sebastian Weber, sebastian.weber@eifer.org.

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20J003 – INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL

Title: Evaluation of the ammonia market

The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) was established as a collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France (EDF) and is located in Karlsruhe, Technologiepark. Today EIFER has a multi-cultural team of more than 100 employees.

Description of the project
Chemical storage of energy can be achieved via hydrogen or carbon-neutral hydrogen derivatives. One example is ammonia (NH3) which has been identified as a sustainable fuel for mobile and remote applications and a high caloric energy carrier to store electricity. NH3 is CO2-free if produced from renewable electricity. The Solid State Ammonia Synthesis (SSAS) concept consists in the production of NH3 directly from water and air. Even if achieving ammonia synthesis at intermediate temperatures and ambient pressures through a Proton Conducting Cell (PCC) is a promising technology for the development of green ammonia, no commercially available SSAS system exist. The target is to evaluate the economic and environmental impact of the SSAS in comparison with the current ammonia production methods.

The assigned tasks involve:
• Evaluation of the current ammonia market (production, consumption, storage, transport)
• Mapping of the main actors of the ammonia market
• Evaluation of the actual production cost of ammonia and SSAS (levelized cost of ammonia), based on process simulation in a software
• Evaluation of the environmental impact of the ammonia production (CO2 emissions)
• Evaluation of a new business model based on SSAS

Required qualifications / skills / interests:
• Studies in the area of energy economics and/or industrial engineering or a related field
• Background/interest on the assessment of emerging technologies in the energy sector
• Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink or another simulation tool is highly desirable
• Synthetic and analytical thinking, ability to work autonomously
• Ability to write/communicate in English mandatory, French/German highly desirable

Conditions:
• Duration: 4-6 months (Start as soon as possible)
• Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
• Monthly Compensation 450€ per month
• Place of work: EIFER, Technologiepark, Emmy-Noether-Straße 11, 76131 Karlsruhe

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer number 20J003.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Dr. Julian Dailly, dailly@eifer.org.

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19J013 – INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL

Title: Investigation and mapping of hydrogen projects in France and Europe

The hydrogen team is currently looking for a student in the scope of a prospective study related to hydrogen early markets.
Hydrogen can be considered both as an energy carrier (energy storage, fuel for transportation devices etc.) and as an industrial raw product used in different sectors of the industry (steel, glass, food, chemicals, plastics, etc.). Electrolysis enables carbon free generation of hydrogen directly at end application sites and hence is a promising option for decarbonizing some industry sectors and developing energy smart-solutions for industrial environments/applications.

The student will investigate public databases in order to get information about European and National projects involving hydrogen. In this context, he/she should be able to understand the potential success of these projects. The student will be responsible then to get more information on the most interesting hydrogen projects, evaluating their future scalability and repeatability.

The assigned tasks involve:
• Survey the hydrogen projects in Europe
– Analysis and mapping of current and upcoming hydrogen projects in France
– Get detailed information on the most interesting hydrogen projects
– Analysis and mapping of current and upcoming hydrogen projects in EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK)

• Emerging conclusions / Key factors for success
– Interactive maps, able to show all the main characteristics of each project (e.g. coordinates, sector of application, funders, etc.)
– Evaluation of the success, future scalability and repeatability of the main hydrogen projects developed in France

Required qualifications / skills / interests:
The position is aiming at students in technical/economics sciences.
• Interested in the field of energy and environment
• Knowledge in Geographic information system (QGIS/ArcGIS – intermediate level)
• Analysis of public databases (mostly written in French)
• Fluent in French and English, additional knowledge of German would be of value

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 €

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single PDF of max. 5MB including all relevant information (curriculum vitae and cover letter) to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer number 19J013.
For additional information concerning the work please contact: Renato Luise: luise@eifer.org, Tel. +49 (0) 721/6105-1418.