Postdoc in Offshore Wind Economics and Policy

fredag 12 feb 21

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In the Section for Society, Market and Policy (SMP) at DTU Wind Energy, we are now seeking a candidate for a two-year Postdoc position to work with research projects on the economic and policy challenges related to the massive scale-up of offshore wind energy in Europe and around the world. If you want to strengthen your developing career path in the intersection of applied energy economics and policy design, and would like to contribute to our interdisciplinary endeavor of supporting the green transition of society, then we offer a vibrant and inspiring research community for you to fulfill your ambitions.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We are currently working on several projects related to economics and policy of offshore wind, and are seeking support on related research topics, including

  • Danish energy islands and their implementation
  • International cooperation on cross-border energy infrastructure
  • Business models and financing of offshore infrastructure
  • Market arrangements for offshore hubs and meshed offshore grids
  • Auction design for offshore wind, including sea bed licensing and subsidy-free auctions
  • Future role and support policies for Power-to-X in offshore energy systems

Your work will involve micro economic and policy analysis, applicable to the electricity and gas sector, and different renewable energy technologies. You will conduct quantitative socio-economic assessments, project-based investment appraisals (cash flow analysis), develop and evaluate business models and financing options, and assess incentives from different ownership structures. You will review and evaluate regulatory and policy frameworks in the offshore area, and identify barriers to the effective implementation of best practices. 

We are seeking candidates with a PhD degree, preferably in economics, with strong interest in and knowledge about the renewable energy sector. We welcome experience within regulation, auctions and/or market design.

You will be expected to take on certain project coordination tasks and organise public sector engagement activities, as well as workshops and seminars. Besides this, your tasks may also include teaching and supervising Masters students.

Our working language is English.

In addition to the above, the following further qualifications will be considered in the assessment

  • 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 SMP section is part of the Wind Energy Systems Division at DTU’s Department for Wind Energy. We work towards a sustainable and just energy system and perform multi-disciplinary social science research in the technological, economic and societal nexus of wind 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.

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 terms of employment
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 2 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Lena Kitzing, +45 24 65 90 64,

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 March 2021.

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

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Please ensure to merge all materials into one document before submission

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

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

About DTU Wind Energy
At DTU Wind Energy we put knowledge to work. The department is one of the largest public research organizations for wind energy in the world with 250 staff members. We educate and train the next generation of wind power engineers. We collaborate with global leaders in the wind industries and public authorities around the world to research and develop new technologies and services to power the green transition.

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 vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.