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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is looking for a qualified and motivated researcher to fill 1 position within the Research Programme on Technologies for the Energy Transition (TET). The program aims at studying and analyzing the enabling regulatory, market and financial conditions for the adoption and penetration of low-carbon technologies and for a successful transition towards net-zero by 2050. The program currently has four workstreams: i) the enabling regulatory and financial conditions for the development of green and blue hydrogen; ii) the management and development of a structural European power market model; iii) the development of a global gas model; iv) the monitoring and analysis of technological and financial maturity of low-carbon technologies. Obviously, the list of topics is not exhaustive and potential candidates are encouraged to make proposals to broaden the scope of the programme, within the range of its main objectives (see here).

The candidate will work within the team that manages the European Power Market Model, a structural model of European power markets that allows both short-term and long-term simulations of the evolution of European power markets under different technological and regulatory scenarios. The model allows the testing of alternative market designs and it has been used to inform policy-makers during the current energy crisis. The candidate will also support the team that is currently developing the global gas model, which will ultimately be integrated with the European Power Market Model.

The duration of the contract is one-year term and full-time, with the possibility to renew it. Should the candidate be a Ph.D. student a part-time contract can be negotiated.

The following research competences and topics are foreseen in the initial phase:

  1. In-depth knowledge of power systems;
  2. Regualtory economics and industrial organization;
  3. Structural modelling of gas and power systems;
  4. Environmental and climate change economics;
  5. Innovation dynamics;
  6. Working with big datasets.

Candidates are not expected to cover the whole set of competences and topics, but experiences in more than one of them will be considered as a plus.

FEEM is a leading research institute on sustainable development and offers an invaluable research environment and an interdisciplinary workplace, with diverse skills and international staff. FEEM has strong ties with a worldwide network of research institutions engaged in economic research and provides excellent opportunities to focus on research and disseminate results in international conferences and stakeholders’ events.

The selected applicant will be based in Milan (Italy) and will primarily focus on research projects. The candidate will also be asked to contribute to internal activities including conferences and workshops. As part of his/her duties, the candidate will have to finalize the research efforts in scientific articles. The results of the scientific articles may then be used for dissemination in policy briefs or blog posts.

The job assignment is expected to begin in December 2022. Gross salary is competitive and will be based on qualification and experience.

Requirements
A background with solid quantitative skills, as demonstrated by the achievement of at least a M.Sc. in a subject area related to the job description is compulsory (Economics or Power System Engineering). A Ph.D. degree is not compulsory, but it is highly valued.

The ideal candidate:

  • is proficient in power systems and industrial organization;
  • knows the principles of structural energy models;
  • is familiar with at least one of the topics of the project;
  • is able to work independently with large datasets;
  • has sufficient command of (at least one) standard statistical packages, like R, stata and Matlab;
  • can operate in an international context with English as a working language;
  • is highly committed to develop a research project.

How to apply
Applicants can submit their application and detailed curriculum vitae here. Please mention ref: TET-OCT.31.2022 in the application.

Deadline for applications
FEEM will begin considering candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience and mention ref: TET-OCT.31.2022.