PhD scholarship in Mesoscale Modeling of Future Climate Impacts on VRE Generation and Energy Systems

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning

Frist 31. marts 2019

Decarbonization of the energy system has a major role to play in the mitigation of climate change. However, many components of the energy system, such as wind and solar generation, are weather dependent and thus expected to change themselves in response to future changes in climate. These systems are affected by long-term changes in climate, e.g. by changes in atmospheric circulation, which may affect wind and solar resources and also their variability and likelihoods of extremes events. These impacts will probably both help and hinder mitigation and adaptation efforts, so it is vital they are well understood and incorporated into models.

In this project, you will use a mesoscale model to create time series of power-system relevant quantities both 1) forced by reanalysis in the historical period, and 2) by climate model output for future periods forced by various representative concentration pathways. The project will investigate changes in wind and solar resources and how to optimally create time series of wind and solar-relevant parameters for use in energy system studies considering impacts of future climate, also including extreme temperature, which is important for electricity demand.

You will be part of a larger project, where VRE (Variable Renewable Energy) generation and demand time series simulations are used to analyze and understand atmospheric patterns that challenge power system adequacy (ensuring sufficient facilities to meet electricity demand at all times) and system balancing and affect interconnection expansion planning.

Responsibilities and tasks
In this PhD scholarship we are seeking a candidate with:

  • strong background in mesoscale or regional atmospheric sciences
  • good understanding of climate and atmospheric processes, especially boundary layer meteorology.

In your work, you will:

  • develop, implement and validate the coupling of CMIP5/6 model output and mesoscale models for producing time series of VRE production and other weather-dependent variables
  • understand how future changes in climate influence VRE generation and its spatial and temporal co-variability
  • work closely with other researchers in power and energy system modeling.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Preference will be given to degrees in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, applied physics, or closely related disciplines.

The candidate should have good foundation in programming with a focus on Python and Fortran languages. Experience with the Weather, Research & Forecasting (WRF) model or other mesoscale models is a plus.

Moreover, we expect the candidate to have a strong interest in wind energy and qualitative research experience. The working language of the project is English and thus the candidate must have suitable skills in both written and spoken English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of applicants will be made by 1 May 2019. We expect the position to commence on 1 July 2019.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Your new place of employment will be along the shores of the Roskilde fjord, at the DTU Risø Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Andrea Hahmann ( or Matti Juhani Koivisto (

You can read more about “the Department” at

Please submit your online application no later than 31 March 2019 (local time).

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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