50 PhD positions in Renewable Energy Germany 2015

The PhD Programme Renewable Energy aims to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to Research at international partner institutions within the IPID4all programme.To find a PhD position in the field of renewable energy at the University of Oldenburg please follow our application guidelines.

The PhD Programme Renewable Energy is integrated into the Graduate School Science and Technology. Like the other PhD Programmes, we have developed a curriculum in order to provide the basis for a structured PhD Programme.

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Energy Research in Oldenburg

Research in Oldenburg has applied itself to the wide ranging research field of energy for more than 30 years. This research includes science and engineering areas as well as information technology, meteorology and economics. These activities take place at the University of Oldenburg and at independent research institutions such as ForWind, NEXT ENERGY and OFFIS. The main focus of energy research in Oldenburg is the future of energy supply systems.
In order to structurally strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation between the various Oldenburg research groups, the cross-faculty research network ENERiO, with over 25 participating research groups, has been established.

The scientific profile of the doctoral training is based on the interconnection between different scientific disciplines and a strong relation to other industry and scientific partners.

 Research Areas

Solar Energy Meteorology
Turbulence Research
Wind as a Resource
Energy Meteorology, Dr. Detlev Heinemann
Turbulence, Wind Energy and Stochastics – Twist, Prof. Dr. Joachim Peinke
ForWind, Prof. Dr. Joachim Peinke
Thin-Film PhotovoltaicWind Energy ConvertersCogeneration / Fuel Cells
Physical Chemistry
Energy and Semiconductor Research, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Parisi
Next Energy, Dr. Martin Vehse
ForWind, Prof. Dr. Martin Kühn
Wind Energy Systems, Prof. Dr. Martin Kühn
Next Energy, Dr Alexander Dyck
Interfaces, Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock
Electrocatalysis, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mehtap Oezaslan
Stationary Energy Storage
Next Energy, Dr. Wedigo von Wedel
Energy and Semiconductor Research, Dr. Thorsten Plaggenborg
ICT for Smart Grids
Energy Systems
System Modelling and Analysis
OFFIS, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff
Next Energy, Dr. Karsten von Maydell
Next Energy, Dr. Thomas Vogt
Energy EconomicsRecycling Ecological Economics, Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner
Environmental and Development Economics, Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack
Economic Policy, Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer
Cascade Use, Dr. Alexandra Pehlken

The diagram of the curriculum is based on the examination regulations of the Graduate School Science and Technology, Appendix “PhD Program Renewable Energy” (at present only in German).

When you join the PhD Programme Renewable Energy the Admissions Committee will usually stipulate that in order to finish the program and gain the supplementary certificate you will have to gain a miniumum of 30 credit points (the maximum of 60 credit points is for those researching at doctorate level and from a previously non-related research area).

These credit points are to be spread amongst the modules A, B and C. Of which at least 12 points in module A, at least 6 points in B and at least 6 points in C. The remaining points can be spread amongst the modules as wished. In general, you can say that 30 working hours is one credit point. The examination regulations give you more information on the credit points available for each module.

Guidelines for Applying to the PhD Programme Renewable Energy

The field of renewable energy is very broad. If you want to get a good grounding in all areas of renewable energy study then see the website of the Postgraduate Programme in Renewable Energy.

If you study renewable energy at doctorate level then you have to specialize in one particular research area. To study at doctorate level you have already completed eight semesters of higher education and have completed a Master, Diplom or Magister degree.

The steps to joining the university at doctorate level are:

  1. Find yourself an academic supervisor, who can be any professor from your field of interest at the University of Oldenburg (UO). The research areas that are included in our programme are to be found on this website.
    When writing to a professor from your chosen research area state:
    i) What you want to research and a detailed description of the topic 
    ii) Why you want to research this particular area 
    iii) Why are you particularly suited for research on this particular topic
    iv) Include a copy of your CV

If you are self-financing your research then make this clear in your application to your chosen supervisor.
Sometimes paid research positions are available and you apply for these as for any job. This way you are able to finance your research period.
If a suitable position is not available then for further information about possible sources of financing see:

  1. Once the professor has accepted you then you apply to the Faculty V, Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Antrag auf Zulassung als Doktorand). Before returning this form it is important that you sign pages 3 and 4 of the application and your chosen supervisor signs page 5.
    N.B. All requested documents are to be supplied as attested copies (you can supply the originals if you are in Oldenburg).
  2. Once you have been accepted by the Faculty V you enrol at the university as a doctorate student. Register yourself at the student registration office (Immatrikulationsamt) by 15th April or 15th October respectively at the latest for both the doctorate studies as well as the PhD program, i.e. two registrations. If you know your acceptance will go through after this date you can ask for a provisional enrolment (vorläufige Einschreibung). An online registration (Einschreiben – Promotion) is also possible (closing dates are the same); this site is only available in German.
  3. Now you canapply to the Graduate School ‘Science and Technology’for admission to the PhD Programme Renewable Energy.
    Graduate School applications for the summer semester have to be received by 1 March; 1 September for the winter semester. Late applications will be processed for the following semester. 
  4. It is possible to apply to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Graduate School ‘Science and Technology’ concurrently, but the Graduate School application will not be processed until the Faculty has approved your application.