Research Scientist on the Subject of Economic Evaluation of Flexibility in the Smart Grid

Job openings

Research focus: Big Data and Service Science, Energy, Energy Management, Market and Feedback Mechanisms, Knowledge and Information Services
Courses of study: Informatics, Information Management, Industrial Engineering and Management

Job Description

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. For our Research Division Information Process Engineering (IPE) we are looking for a research scientist with a focus on economic evaluation of flexibility in the smart grid.

Your Responsibilities

The current challenges of energy transition are the design of innovative algorithms, economic mechanisms and suitable optimisation approaches. Your research work will reveal the economic potentials of flexibility on the demand side of the smart grid. You will develop concrete requirements for the target-oriented design of energy markets systems, and services. Your tasks include:

  • Work on publicly funded projects and/or projects directly commissioned by industrial partners
  • Conception, implementation and evaluation of new market mechanisms, ICT solutions and optimisation methods for the energy system of the future
  • Work in the research field market and incentive mechanisms for smart grids
  • Presentation of research results in the context of publications and speeches at national and international conferences

Our Offer

  • Interdisciplinary projects with partners from science, economy and society
  • A work environment and organisation closely related to the economy and the industry and flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Individual support with further professional and personal development
  • A pleasant working atmosphere in close proximity to the KIT campus in the Karlsruhe city centre
  • Individual support with further education as well as the opportunity to visit international conferences
  • Remuneration according to the German public service salary scale TV-L West (TV-L 13) and according to your responsibilities as well as attractive fringe benefits
  • Possibility to do your doctorate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at the Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM) with Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt

Your Profile

  • Degree in Informatics, Information Management, Industrial Engineering and Management or a similar subject (diploma/master) as well as interest in the energy industry
  • In-depth understanding of the economy and structured and problem-oriented thinking
  • Experience in software development with Java, Python or comparable languages
  • First experience or willingness to learn LaTeX and R
  • Basic knowledge and interest in the field of machine learning and big data analytics
  • Technical and economic understanding of IT and energy systems
  • Excellent teamwork skills, enthusiasm and interest in applied scientific work
  • Excellent written and spoken skills in German and English


We are looking forward to receiving your PDF application. Please send your email to Mrs. Miriam Busch,, indicating the reference „Ökonomie Smart Grid“ and enclosing your cover letter, CV, diplomas, and certificates.

Job Description

Please feel free to contact Mr. Tim Straub (+49 721 9654-801) if you have any questions regarding the position.