Postdoc in energy technology - OnSSET

Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 08, 2017
Dec 01, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Activities at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management cover the Engineering, Technological and Economic knowledge necessary to be able to develop new products, material and production processes in a sustainable fashion as concerns Technical management, Financial Profitability and the Environment. One precondition for innovation and enterprise is the study and application of basic physical and chemical phenomena as well as the integration of new, often multidisciplinary technologies, methods and tools. Core knowledge areas include Energy Technology, Industrial Design and Innovation, Product and Production Development, Materials Development, Micro and Nano Technology as well as Industrial Economics, Organisation and Management.

The Department of Energy Technology focuses on research and teaching with the goal of contributing to sustainable energy systems. The department has four divisions with research areas with both technical and multidisciplinary character.

Research topics include turbomachinery, aeroelasticity, thermal energy storage, fuel cell technology, combustion of biomass, heat pump technology, heating and ventilation technology, indoor climate, heat transfer, energy and climate studies, market analyses and evaluation of sustainability, modeling of energy systems in buildings and city districts, and modeling of resource flows at national and regional levels.

Research traditions are based in mechanical engineering with links to chemistry, materials science, physics, regional planning, and economics.

The department's personnel and students come from all over the world and contribute to an extremely international environment.

Job description

The goal of the position will be to lead the development of OnSSET (the OpeN Source Spatial Electrification Toolkit) and related research. The candidate will continue the development of open source spatial electrification toolkit elements. Specifically this will include: the development and inclusion of productive activities and their use of resources, such as energy; and taking an active lead in the OnSSET steering committee and developing its community.

The candidate will: Develop and apply the Open Source Spatial Electrification Tool (OnSSET). Develop and test hypothesis with these, thereby adding to academic knowledge. Author research papers in international peer reviewed journals. Collaborate with international multi-disciplinary teams. The candidate will be expected to take part in projects and activities in the division at the discretion of the director. The candidate should also be involved in education activities in existing courses at undergraduate and graduate level as determined by the director of the Division.


The candidate should have knowledge in GIS and energy access. The candidate should be familiar with (or be keenly interested and capable of being familiar with) open source global GIS electrification tools, such as OnSSET, the Open Source Spatial Electrification Toolkit. The candidate should (ideally) have been involved in teaching of energy analysis tools to students, and preferable also government officials and researchers. The candidate should have shown the ability to disseminate its research work in international platforms, including but not limited to web portals and international conferences.

It would be advantageous if the candidate would have had experience in the analysis of the nexus between energy, water and agriculture. Knowledge of Python would be an asset.

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: M-2017-1196
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  • Published: 2017-09-21
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