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Researcher in the field of control of sustainable heating and cooling systems

The Institute for Renewable energy of Eurac Research is involved in several research projects in the field of innovative district heating and cooling networks operated at low-temperatures and making use of water to water heat pumps to balance the thermal loads.

The thermal capacity associated with large centralized storage tanks and small tanks of individual buildings can be exploited by actively managing their temperature levels. Acting in advance of the expected energy demand, load balancing can be constantly guaranteed, together with low energy production and transport costs: the use of electricity to operate heat pumps that exchange heat energy with the grid and digitalisation will allow on the one hand to devise new services aimed at the needs of consumers, and on the other to establish a synergistic interaction with the electricity grid. To this end, control strategies based on forecasting methods and adaptation to constantly changing operating conditions will be developed (during the day, seasons and years).

The researcher will contribute to developing advanced control algorithms for the smart management of district heating networks. Simulations will be performed to develop and countercheck the controllers' performance.

This work will be part of the H2020-RewardHEAT project coordinated by Eurac Research and will be carried out in close collaboration with the senior researcher responsible for the development.



It is expected that the candidate will:

  • develop and implement control algorithms in Python;
  • simulate and test them in collaboration with the colleagues developing district heating network numerical models;



  • Technical degree in engineering or physics;
  • Consolidated knowledge in control theory and optimization;
  • Consolidated knowledge in Python programming language;
  • Basic knowledge in thermodynamics and heating&cooling systems
  • Knowledge in Modelica programming language is a plus;
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills; knowledge of either Italian or German (both is a plus);
  • Knowledge in oral and written English;


We offer:

  • The opportunity to work on an innovative topic, contributing to the development of an advanced controller for central and decentralised units distributed in DHC networks;
  • The opportunity to work in a young international team in a fast-growing sector;
  • Working conditions which allow professional growth and know-how acquisition with career opportunity as applied researcher;
  • A surrounding offering a high quality of life;
  • The position is initially offered for a period of three years with the concrete possibility to be extended towards a permanent contract.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) by 31.03.2020 to the following address:

Eurac Research
Institute for Renewable Energy

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: jobs.renewable.energy@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 600 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 699

For further information please contact Roberto Fedrizzi: Tel: +39 0471 055 610

Project: REWARDHeat (Horizon 2020) - Grant Agreement No. 857811 - CUP: D54I19002220006

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