Energy System Analyst

The opportunity:

The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) is seeking an energy system modeler with expertise in energy systems, capacity planning, and operational dispatch. The Energy System Analyst (ESA) will use their knowledge and skills to support energy system decarbonization research specific to British Columbia and Canada. The ESA will work with a research team investigating deep-decarbonization scenarios with an emphasis on electricity-gas system integration with hydrogen production, transmission, and storage. This is a unique opportunity to be a leader and team member working on a vital global challenge.


Where you will work:

The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems is a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Victoria. IESVic is a collegial group of faculty, students, and staff working in a beautiful natural environment. For nearly three decades, the mission of the Institute has been to chart feasible pathways to sustainable energy systems. Our role is to create new insights, improve technology and systems, and train the next generation of change-makers. Our vision is to be a leader in the development of sustainable and high quality energy systems.


What you will do:

As the lead modeller and part of a team, the Energy System Analyst will be responsible for analyzing future scenarios for future low carbon energy systems in British Columbia, Canada. Hybrid capacity expansion and dispatch optimization will be used to determine technology mixes under a range of demand, policy, and energy supply scenarios. The ESA will leverage existing infrastructure and resource mixes to assess cost and system structures that deliver reliable, low-carbon and cost-effective service. Modeling will use open-source platforms so as to support flexibility and interoperability with production cost models of electricity and gas systems.  The ESA will develop scenarios, analyse outcomes, communicate results, and act as the team-lead. The ESA will work with faculty and graduate students to ensure research tasks and objectives are achieved.


What is required:

  • PhD in a field related to energy systems and sustainability.
  • Expertise with optimisation, simulation, and capacity planning.
  • Experience using OSeMOSYS, PyOmo and Python.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills and time management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a willingness to mentor students.
  • Evidence of the desire, willingness, and ability to collaborate broadly.


What is desired:

  • Experience with project management, workshops, seminars.
  • A record of publication as first author.
  • Ability to communicate research activities and impact to a broad audience.


Additional information:

  • This is a full time, one year, appointment with the potential for renewal. Renewals are based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary depends on experience and qualifications (65-75 K$). Additional compensation includes health benefits and vacation.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Engineering Office Wing, EOW 106, University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Working at IESVic has many rewards including a beautiful environment, outstanding outdoor recreation, clean, safe and vibrant community, and a collegial team.
  • The position will remain open until filled.


How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and CV to

IESVic encourages applications from all underrepresented groups considering research careers without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age.


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  • Application deadline: Nov 30, 2021
  • University of Victoria, Canada
  • Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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