Tailored opportunities: Interdisciplinary PhD position in renewable energy systems at the University of Geneva, Switzerland


The Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva is looking to fill an
open interdisciplinary PhD position with the focus on bridging quantitative energy
modeling and insights from sociology for investigating and promoting transitions to
renewable energy systems. The interfaculty Institute of Environmental Sciences conducts research between and beyond individual disciplines relating to environmental challenges, especially energy, climate, biodiversity, cities and regions, and water. The PhD student will be based in the Renewable Energy Systems group, led by Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte in the Faculty of Science, and will be co-supervised by Prof. Marlyne Sahakian from the Department of Sociology.
The successful candidate will conduct case studies in Switzerland on the actual uptake
of renewable energy systems and pathways to promoting their faster deployment. The
case studies will bridge energy systems modeling and analysis at a municipal level with
insights from social practice theories, towards comparative work that accounts for social,
institutional and material conditions. In return, the Institute of Environmental Sciences and the groups of Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte and Prof. Marlyne Sahakian provide a stimulating and innovative research environment in relation to one of today’s most pressing societal challenges – energy generation and usage. The city of Geneva is a pioneer in promoting renewable energy as well as hosts multiple international organizations that foster global transitions. The University of Geneva offers excellent conditions for the PhD students, including a competitive salary. The city consistently ranks worldwide among the most attractive cities to live


In order to qualify for the position, the candidates are required to have a completed
Master’s degree and a background in environmental, energy or related sciences with a
proven ability in quantitative analysis. Interest in the social dimension of energy is
essential for this position and the candidates with an ability to conduct comparative
case studies, stakeholder interviews, or surveys will be given priority. Excellent skills in
English and one Swiss national language are required (understanding, speaking, and


Deadline for application is 15th March 2018


Please send your application to job-res@unige.ch. The applications shall include:

  1. letter of motivation in English,
  2. CV
  3. recommendation letters (or work certificates) and contact information of two referees,
  4. a sample document of academic writing in English (e.g. Master thesis, semester thesis, a publication as first author),
  5. a scanned copy of the Master’s degree diploma with grades. If the size of the email exceeds 10 MB, please only include the letter of motivation and CV in the email as well as a link for downloading the rest of the documents, e.g. Dropbox.


If you would like to know more about this position, please send your inquiries to is email  job-res@unige.ch  or visit this page.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

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