One PhD Stipend in Energy Systems Transition with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Training Network Ensystra
Aalborg University, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities



At Department of Learning and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, a PhD stipend in in ENERGY CULTURES AND AGENT BEHAVIOUR (ESR project 10) is available. The Stipend is within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie training network ENSYSTRA and the general study programme “Education, Learning and Philosophy” at Aalborg University. The Stipend is open for appointment from 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The ENSYSTRA consortium is now recruiting 15 outstanding PhD students (‘Early stage researchers (ESRs)’) for the interdisciplinary ENSYSTRA training network where one of the positions is at Aalborg University, Department of Learning and Philosophy.




The ENSYSTRA training network


ENSYSTRA - the ENergy SYStems in TRAnsition Innovative Training Network is the unique interdisciplinary Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission, targeting solutions for integrated energy systems transition. The ENSYSTRA consortium consists of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The European Commission formally granted the EU Horizon 2020 ENSYSTRA project with an exceptional score of over 96%.


ENSYSTRA will train 15 ESRs in all aspects of energy systems transition. PhD subjects range from energy systems modelling, scenario analysis, technology development, socio-technical cultures, participatory approaches, investment modelling, market design, and cross-border regulatory frameworks. All ESRs are part of the international ENSYSTRA training network and will benefit from targeted training in interdisciplinary energy systems transition through workshops, summer schools and subject specific courses.


Every ESR will work with one or more of the 23 ENSYSTRA partners from the energy sector. ESRs will be trained in the scientific, technical and business skills, and will become highly sought-after experts for front-runner businesses and other organisations that will shape the energy transition. ESRs will carry out research at a home university and intensively interact with other ESRs in ENSYSTRA through joint research and participation in workshops and summer schools.


Research projects ESR 1: Modelling of Whole North Sea Energy System (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


ESR 2: Modelling Dispatchable Loads in Interlinked Power, Heat and Transport Models (Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany)


SR 3: Modelling of Policies and Investments for a Large-scale Introduction of Variable Renewable Energy Power Production (Chalmers University, Sweden)


ESR 4: Spatial Modelling and Potentials of Energy Systems and Transport for the North Sea (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


ESR 5: Simulation of Sustainable Pathways of the EU-28 Energy System (Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany)


ESR 6: Integrated bio-refinery and – CCU Technologies for Aquatic and Terrestrial Biomass (Aalborg University, Denmark)


ESR 7: Offshore Advanced Renewable Energy Technologies – Learning Curves and Roadmaps (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


ESR 8: Energy Efficient Production and Waste Heat Utilisation (University of Stavanger, Norway)


ESR 9: Development of a Real-time Optimization Solution for Dispatchable Energy Supply Units (University of Stavanger, Norway)


ESR 10: Energy Cultures and Agent Behaviour: Mapping the Drivers and Barriers to Acceptance (Aalborg University, Denmark)


ESR 11: Ownership Models, Participation, and Integrated Energy Systems. Between Large scale and Local Integration Fluctuating Renewable Energy Sources (Aalborg University, Denmark)


ESR 12: An Agent Based Approach to Model Investments in the Power Sector (Chalmers University, Sweden)


ESR 13: Market Design to Support Energy Transitions (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)


ESR 14: Policy Framework Interactions for Cross-border Cooperation in Energy System Transitions (University of Stavanger, Norway)


ESR 15: Transition Policies for Oil and Gas Incumbants (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

More detailed information about ENSYSTRA can be found here: ttps://


At Aalborg University, the Department of Learning and Philosophy we offer the following position:
The objective of this project is to investigate energy cultures across selected academic and non-academic ENSYSTRA partners. The project will explore the drivers and barriers of people’s acceptance towards energy systems by applying a techno-anthropological research approach. The work will be nested in investigating socio-technical practices, including the connections between disciplinary technical thinking or the production and use of different models, as well as the cultural, political and social elements that result in different scenarios of agent behaviour. This project will map those differences, including the controversies that may be discussed to identify similarities and inform new frameworks for cooperation, collaboration and consensus-building. It is hoped that this will expose drivers for emergent phenomena, assist the development of acceptance models for renewables and identify issues of uncertainty and controversy. The outcome will further shape the development of a framework for practical solutions in consideration of social relations and the engagement of its users.


  • Planned secondments: This exciting research project will include that the Early Stage Researcher will have an opportunity to be working with secondment partners, including: Lyse (Norway) – 1st year. Goal: investigate activities concerning existing infrastructures in the Stavanger Triangulum project (stakeholder and citizens experience); IZT (Germany), 2nd year. Goal: to gain experience in understanding applied science, carry out academic events, conduct workshops etc.; UiS University of Stavanger (Norway), 3rd year. Goal: To evaluate summary matrix of techno-anthropological criteria for the mapping of energy cultures.
  • Lead supervisor: Professor mso Kathrin Otrel-Cass

Qualification requirements


  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers.
  • Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks are a mobility scheme. Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: ESRs must demonstrate excellent English language proficiency both orally and in writing to derive the full benefit from the network training


Specific requirements for ESR 10 are:


  • Relevant master’s degree in any of the following fields of study: anthropology (cultural and/or energy and/or techno), philosophy of science, technology and society, philosophy of engineering and design or similar.
  • Can document some experience and bring an interest in conducting social science and humanities research (utilizing both, qualitative and quantitative methods)
  • Have an interest in developing new insights into understanding people’s acceptances and resistances towards energy technology related issues.
  • Bring a willingness to work with a multinational and interdisciplinary team and contribute towards the local and wider research community associated to this project.


Benefits and salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country of recruitment. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). Positions are for 36 months, or the required duration at the recruiting university. In addition to individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from research collaboration within the ENSYSTRA network, extensive joint training opportunities, and collaboration with industry and other organizations from the energy sector.


General information

It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at Doctoral School of the Faculty of the Humanities, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of 27 August 2013 (PhD Order). PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years.


Please visit the website of the doctoral school for further information on the PhD programme, application procedure, and admission requirements.


  • The application must include the following and be written in English
  • Application form and motivation letter 
  • Copy of diplomas/transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Project description
  • List of written work (optional)
  • Sample of written work, e.g. Master's thesis (optional)
  • A certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL test result (please see admission requirements for details on language requirements)
  • proof of eligibility as an annex where relevant, including a) proof that you have no more experience than 4 years as a researcher (copy with your MSc certificate with graduation date), b) proof that you did not spent more than 12 months in the last 3 years in the country where the ESR position will be hosted,


The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean will make a decision for allocating the stipend. Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered.

The Faculty draws your attention to the fact that the applicant's project description may be tested for plagiarism.


The application can only be submitted by using the link below. Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.



For further information on the doctoral research programme, please visit the webside of the Doctoral Programme Education, LearnIng and Philosophy


For further information on the PhD stipend, please contact Professor Frede Hvelplund, e-mail, phone +45 9940 8380 or head of department, professor Annette Lorentsen e-mail:, phone: +45 9940 8097
For general information about the application process etc., please contact Anne Lone Bråten, e-mail:



Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance Circular of June 13, 2007 on the employment structure at Danish Universities.


By submitting an application the candidate confirms agreement to share his/her application with the Selection Committee and the ENSYSTRA coordinator. Recruited PhD candidates are set to start their research in March/April 2018 at one of the universities in the consortium.


If interested in more than one position, we encourage candidates to apply for the multiple positions of interest. Multiple applications will not influence the selection chance in any particular project. Please mention on every application all ESR projects to which an application is submitted.




Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.






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