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Postdoc in techno-economic analysis of CO2 capture and conversion technologies at Aarhus Universitet


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Forventet start 1. jan

  • The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research CenterGustav Wieds Vej 10C8000 Aarhus C

  • Tidsbegrænset fuldtidsstilling 1. jan 2023 - 31. dec 2024ID: 9803

Description of position

The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center (CORC) has ambitions to develop breakthrough technologies to capture and use CO2 with the potential to be deployed at the Gigaton scale. Research at CORC comprises a wide portfolio of technologies including chemistry and life science approaches.
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher that contributes to early-stage screening of negative emissions technologies and concepts, e.g., by techno-economic analyses. The technologies being developed at CORC are at a very early stage, so the aim is:
  1. to derive elemental relations between laboratory-based properties of technologies and future implications in terms of cost and energy and materials consumption,
  2. to assess the potential of these technologies to achieve a Gigaton-scale,
  3. to identify barriers in terms of energy and material consumptions, environmental impacts, fundamental limits for efficiency, etc. that prevent their scalability.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to start by focusing on techno-economic analyses and life-cycle analyses of a selection of the technologies currently under development at CORC, but they will have the possibility of fine-tuning the research as the project progresses. Internal reports and high-quality scientific publications are to be delivered as a result of the analyses.
The postdoc position is for 2 years but has the possibility of extension under positive evaluation. We expect that the initial 2-years phase of preliminary and comparative analyses opens new and relevant research questions that will be subsequently investigated.
The postdoc will be affiliated with the Systems Modelling Group and have the opportunity to engage with the 4 PhD projects related to system analysis and modelling which are expected to start in the Fall 2022.
The research groups associated with the System Modelling Pillar publish in high-impact journals, ensure a collaborative research framework, and are committed to using open-science methodologies.
The postdoc will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Marta Victoria (Aarhus University) and Prof. André Faaij (Utrecht University)

Qualifications

We expect that you have a PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Energy Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Economics or similar and previous experience with techno-economic analysis.
A good understanding of the energy system technologies and economics will be positively evaluated. Further we expect you to possess good writing and communication skills in English and to show initiative and be able to collaborate in teamwork. Experience with Python and/or other programming languages, open-software development, and project managing with Github will be positively evaluated.

Further information about the position

If you have any questions, please contact Associate professor, Marta Victoria at or +45 2263 1595. Alternative contact: Mette Kirkegaard at or +45 9352 2602.
Your place of work will be NNF CO2 Research Center, Gustav Wieds vej 10c, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Application process

Application deadline: October 24, 2022.
Interviews are expected to be held during the week November 14 – 18, 2022.

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.


Letter of reference

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Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.


Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the .
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the .
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark .
Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it .
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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