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EngD position in Energy and Process Technology; integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production in congested transmission grids

Are you interested in design and optimization of integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production in congested transmission grids? Then, the Engineering Doctorate in Engineering (EngD) program Energy and Process Technology is very interesting for you.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,089
  • Deadline 6 Jan 2023

The program 

The EngD program is a 2-year post-MSc technological program with a focus on technological and process design. This program at the University of Twente contains an educational part that will be followed at the University of Twente, and a design project that will be carried out in cooperation with a consortium of universities and companies gathered under the KICKSTART project. The educational program will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development and will be partly tailored to the design project.

 The project

Increasing decentralized power production from wind and solar are putting a strain on the capacity electricity grid in different parts of the Netherlands. Consequently, new projects cannot be connected to the grid preventing growth of renewable energy production. Also, when power demand is exceeding the transport capacity, an extra alternative electricity flow is needed to fulfil the power demand. Sustainable hydrogen production is an alternative solution to increase the flexibility of the grid flexibility and minimizing the grid congestion.

Determining a sustainable hydrogen production technology integrated wind and solar energy is critical to the growing interest in green hydrogen. Factors such as comprehensive analyses on the technical and economic variabilities, the impact of carbon pricing, optimum plant size, and storage are crucial to understanding the technical and economic sustainability of the potential green hydrogen technologies. Therefore, a comprehensive comparative technical and economic analysis of hydrogen production from Polymer Electrolyte membrane (PEM), Solid oxide electrolyser cell (SOEC) electrolysers and autothermal reforming (ATR) is needed. The produced hydrogen will be stored in the hydrogen storage and/or will be converted into methanol.

Because of the integration of multiple energy sources and energy components, it is quite complex to match the energy systems with one another. Hence, optimal planning of integration of energy systems is essential to reduce the installation cost. This requirement can be met out by developing a digital twin dynamic model for analyzing the integrated energy systems for fuel production while preventing grid congestion. All aspects related to the dynamic behavior and optimization for the full emerging technologies and various form of energy flow scenarios will be considered in the model based on the available concepts that are designed in the integrated energy systems.

Your profile

  • You hold a MSc degree in Thermal Engineering, Sustainable Energy Technology, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or in a field that is closely related to this position;
  • You are eager to learn energy systems modelling and analysis, energy conversion and storage technologies;
  • You have experiences or eager to learn working with python, simulation software packages and relevant application toolbox, preferably in ASPEN, MATLAB/SIMULINK and Energy Equation Solver for the simulation of supply and demand in sustainable energy systems over time;
  • Your writing skills are good;
  • You are a creative person that shows initiative with a hands-on mentality;
  • You have excellent communication skills;
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.

Our offer

  • We offer a very challenging position for two years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment;
  • A salary of € 2.089 gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
  • A tailor-made post-master design program that has an educational component (~50%) as well as a design project (~50%);
  • On completing the program, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree EngD and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Information and application

You are welcome to contact Dr. Yashar Hajimolana for any questions you might have (email s.hajimolana@utwente.nl).

Please upload your application, including your CV, (Max. 1 page) Motivation Letter, MSc grade sheet in one pdf document via the ‘Apply now’ button.

The application deadline is January 6, 2023.

The first (online) jobinterviews will take place between January 16 & 20, 2023.

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About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

About The Faculty ET

Curious about what the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) stands for? Check out the ET website for more information.

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When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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Hajimolana, S. (Yashar)

Hajimolana, S. (Yashar)
Assistant Professor

Hajimolana, S. (Yashar)
Assistant Professor

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