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Assistant Researcher position in Energy System Modelling

Energy System Modeller – Horizon Project CIRCOMOD / NOVA University, Lisbon

We would like to inform that the project Circomod – Circular Economy Modelling for Climate Change Mitigation, with reference Horizon Europe Project number 101056868 is offering a 36-month research contract (with NOVA School of Science and Technology) in the areas of climate mitigation, circular economy and integrated assessment modelling.

The project aims to develop a new generation of advanced models and model-based scenarios that can analyse the impact of future material use and the contribution of circular economy strategies and policies on emission mitigation. To accomplish this, the CIRCOMOD project brings together a unique consortium of leading research teams from relevant science communities, and multiple models, including the TIMES energy system model.

We offer a young vibrant research atmosphere within a dynamic team at one European leading research university and the possibility of being part of an international and interdisciplinary research project. NOVA University is located in the Lisbon area and was ranked in the top 9 in Europe in the QS World University Rankings 2021 among universities founded less than 50 years ago.

1. Main scientific area: Engineering, economics, environment, system analysis, materials, or related disciplines relevant for the project

Sub-scientific area(s): Climate; circular economy


Job description: Development of scientific research directly or indirectly associated with the tasks defined in the Project such as:

1. Review the policy context and current model capabilities (i.e., existing analytical frameworks and models, including economic one), regarding circular economy, to identify the shortcomings of existing applied models when representing circular economy options and provide suggestions for modelling improvements according to the most promising practices identified.

2. Identification and analysis of circular economy practices and strategies

3. Expand/improve the TIMES energy system model for Europe to simulate:

i. use- and demand- related circularity options

ii. supply of primary and secondary materials in terms of technological characteristics, energy use, emissions (including mitigation options) and associated costs

iii. circularity in the production and lifetime extension of products with high material requirements

4. define the scenario framework that combines socio-economic projections with narratives on the evolution of circular economy policies to explore their impact on climate mitigation.

5. Assessment of circular economy impacts on climate mitigation through the use of TIMES for Europe.

6. Organization and/or participation in the dissemination of preliminary and final results to different types of audiences.

7. Preparation of scientific publications.


3. We look for: A candidate with a scientific background and a professional record in research, and experience on topics related to climate mitigation, energy transition and/or circular economy.

The following skills and experience are required:

− PhD’s degree in engineering, environmental sciences, economics or a related field

− Knowledge/hands-on experience in the fields of energy transition, climate mitigation, and tecno-economic development related to the energy system

− Hands-on experience with integrated assessment modelling tools, being valued the experience with TIMES model family

− Good knowledge of the European energy system and mitigation goals

− An excellent spoken and written communication skills in English, particularly the ability to write and expose ideas consistent with scientific standards.

− Good skills in communicating to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

The following skills and experience are an advantage:

− Experience in the development or application of quantitative modeling techniques, particularly in the area of energy transition, climate mitigation and circular economy

− Knowledge in circular economy strategies and policies over Europe

− Experience in a multidisciplinary working environment, particularly in scientific projects


Applications must be submitted until 28th of October, 2022.