Postdoc on Energy Systems Modelling with focus on Storage, Hydrogen, CLEWs Nexus

Researcher – ΔE+ Research Group

Simon Fraser University School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

ΔE+ (Delta-E-plus) research group explores the synergies and trade-offs at the nexus of energy+ to support effective policy development. Energy+ represents the intersection of all aspects of nature and society including energy, land, water, climate, health and other impacts on human and ecological well-being. By modelling these synergies and trade-offs our research helps society better understand the impacts we have on the environment and aids policymakers in guiding paths towards future human and environmental well-being.

More info on our group and our research can be found on our website at

Researcher Role

The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting ΔE+ with current modelling and research projects as well as supporting development of funding applications for future projects and activities. Two major projects will be supported by this role, one on decarbonizing the British Columbia energy system and how hydrogen, storage and trade can support decarbonization and the other supporting development of global modelling activities for Climate, Land, Energy and Water systems (CLEWs) models, along with supporting researchers working on other modelling projects. The successful candidate will coordinate work on these projects and be involved in developing funding applications to further our research work. Specific tasks for this position include:

  • Developing and testing different storage algorithms in long term energy planning models, and specifically, the BC Nexus CLEWs model of British Columbia.
  • Expanding the BC Nexus model to include consideration of hydrogen and other energy carriers not currently considered.
  • Developing and testing algorithms for modelling international trade in the BC Nexus model.
  • Building modelling workflows in Python and Snakemake for global model development for both OSeMOSYS and CLEWs modelling.
  • Publishing research work and findings from the above research activities.
  • Coordinating/mentoring researchers working on various projects.
  • Support development of grant applications.

Researcher Profile

The successful candidate will have:

  • An outstanding Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field.
  • Motivated to quickly acquire and develop new skills.
  • Background in energy systems and/or energy systems modelling.
  • Excellent Python programmer. Knowledge of Git, Snakemake would be an asset.
  • Excellent analytical, technical and problem-solving skills.
  • Interest in mentoring graduate student researchers.
  • Excellent communications skills in both oral and written English.


Compensation for this role will be CDN$50-55,000/year, depending on qualifications and experience and is budgeted for one year from the start date of the position. The position may be extended if funding becomes available.

How to apply

Please send the following items by e-mail to with the subject line “2023 Delta-E+ Researcher Application”:

  • Cover letter explaining how your past experience is a good fit for this specific role.
  • CV/Resume.
  • List of three references.

Deadline for applications is March 24, 2023.

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