PhD scholarship in Renewable Energy Economics and Policy – DTU Wind

16. september 2023

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  • Udsendt dato
    16. september 2023
  • Udløbsdato
    8. oktober 2023
  • Karriereniveau
    Alm. fastansættelse

Job beskrivelse

We are now seeking a candidate for a 3-year PhD project in electricity market and renewable energy economics. If you want to contribute to the green transition of society, thrive in collaborative team work and have ambitions for an academic research career, then you might be our new colleague in our new research section ‘Society, Market & Policy’ (SMP) at DTU Wind and Energy Systems, where we offer a vibrant and inspiring research community in social sciences embedded in an engineering environment.

The PhD student will be part of the project Electricity Market Reform for Renewable Energy Sources (EMRRES), which is a joint project between DTU and the School of Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The overarching goal of EMRRES is to provide data-driven and evidence-based contributions to efficient design for renewables-based electricity markets and policies. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

We are seeking candidates with a Master’s degree, preferably in economics or similar, and at least with documented qualifications in micro-economics, economic analysis and financial modelling through dedicated courses and/or related work.

The research will involve analysis of outcomes and implications of different market design options, renewable energy policies for market design and technological innovation, and implications for electricity markets, including long-term financial contracting. Contracts-for-difference will be at the heart of the analysis.

The research may involve different methods, including financial modelling, portfolio analysis, agent-based modelling, and general equilibrium energy systems. The analysis is likely to draw from auction theory and contract theory, as well as empirical approaches (i.e. econometrics) that utilise rich data from European electricity markets.

Besides this, tasks of the PhD student may include teaching and supervising Masters students, as well as participation in outreach and dissemination activities of the department commensurate with research at PhD level.

You must 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.

The following further qualifications will be considered in the assessment:

  • Strong background and interest in sustainable energy
  • Experience within energy policy analysis from an economic perspective
  • Quantitative skills and experience with data analysis and data processing
  • Excellent communication skills, both in writing and oral presentation
  • Open-minded team player, able to work in multidisciplinary and multinational teams
  • A longer-term interest in pursuing a research career

The working language of the project is English and thus the candidate must have suitable skills in both written and spoken English. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language is not required, but we expect an openness to learn Danish during the stay with us. 

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 DTU’s rules for the PhD education


The PhD candidate will be selected through a competitive application process. Online applications will be screened against a set of criteria and a shortlist of candidates will be assessed by a specifically formed committee.

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. The workplace is primarily DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information

Further information including the project description may be obtained from Lena Kitzing, DTU Wind & Energy Systems, Section for Society, Market and Policy, + 45 24 65 90 64, [email protected]

You can read more about DTU Wind and Energy Systems at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark
. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar
” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU. 

Application procedure 

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 October 2023 (23:59 Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file
containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link Apply now, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file
. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • Please ensure to merge all materials into one document before submission

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

Applications 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 Wind and Energy Systems
, which used to be a division of Risø National Laboratory (until 2012), has undertaken basic research, teaching and commercial activities in all aspects of wind energy since the mid-1970’s. DTU Wind and Energy Systems is now the world’s largest public research institute for wind energy, with 400 staff members. The department is internationally recognized as being in the forefront of wind energy technology and smart energy systems research. The department has 4 divisions: i) Materials and Components for Wind Energy, ii) Wind Turbine Technology, iii) Wind Energy Systems, and iv) Power and Energy Systems. At the department, we educate and train the next generation of engineers for a sustainable energy future. We collaborate with global leaders in industry and public authorities around the world to research and develop new technologies and services to power the green transition.

The SMP section
is part of the Wind Energy Systems Division at DTU’s Department for Wind and Energy Systems. We work towards a sustainable and just energy system and perform multi-disciplinary social science research in the technological, economic and societal nexus of renewable energy. We use qualitative and quantitative methods, empirical data, interviews, case studies, financial modelling, socio-economic and policy analysis to study wind energy project development, environmental impacts, social interactions, markets, policy, and industry processes.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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