A Researcher on Simulation for hydrogen sector.


The Centre on Sustainable Energy (SE) supports the development of devices and methods for generating, storing, and distributing energy solutions with low environmental impact. It is done from the perspective of energy sustainability, systems and solutions that respect the environment and the quality of life, and solutions with a lower impact on health and environmental pollution levels. The ground for the Centre on "Sustainable Energy" is based on the Decarbonization targets, which will demand more flexibility of the energy system through new gas and power grids and using energy vectors and storage solutions as enablers for the broad penetration of renewables.

The HYdrogen Technologies and Resilient Energy Systems unit (HyRES)  is a dedicated research and development unit at the forefront of advancing hydrogen technology and resilient energy systems. With a primary focus on hydrogen, the unit works diligently to innovate the future energy grid, making it more intelligent and capable of integrating renewable sources. Ensuring energy resilience and security is a central goal, particularly in collaboration with industrial partners. Its research encompasses various aspects, including hydrogen production, storage and final uses, all with the overarching aim of reducing the carbon footprint of energy systems and positively impacting the energy market, making it more sustainable and secure for the future. 

HYRES unit is involved in the following European projects and industrial consultancy: 

  • NAHV

The project's high-level objective is the creation of a hydrogen-based economic, social and industrial ecosystem based on the capacity of the quadruple helix actors. This will drive economic growth, generating new job opportunities in the framework of both the green and digital transitions and by creating the conditions for wider EU replicability, it will contribute to creating a European Hydrogen Economy. To fulfil these objectives, the NAHV project involves a well-rooted partnership of 34 organizations (of which 2 in Hydrogen Europe, 3 in Hydrogen Europe Research), covering the transnational Central European area of 3 territories - Slovenia, Croatia and FVG Region, demonstrating cross-border integration of hydrogen production, distribution and consumption, and exchange of over 20% of NAHV annual hydrogen production of over 5000 tons.


HYMANTOVALLEY aims to demonstrate the decarbonization of a quite air-polluted area in Europe lying in the Italian Padany Plain (Pianura Padana) by building a replicable green H2 ecosystem implemented as an integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilization for heat, power and mobility, including the development and use of hydrogen-fed and zero-emissions ships, trains, buses and buildings. The project plans to involve European and local communities and industries in producing clean energy while creating synergies with other regional innovation ecosystems through knowledge exchange and utilizing existing European hydrogen-based technologies. HYMANTOVALLEY is going to develop an H2 value chain model in a unique tri-modal transport and logistics system (inland water, rail and road) laying in the heart of Italy and near two corridors of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), plus building a European Centre of Applied Research and Advanced Training on hydrogen focused on the optimization and innovation of the hydrogen value chain and managed by relevant universities.


Job Description

HyRES unit is looking for a researcher specialized in the simulation on H2 sector  who will support the projects and activities mentioned above with the following activities:

  • Development of customized ENERGY PLAN code for numerical simulation of H2 plant and H2 valley/scenario.
  • Collaborate and coordinate activities about dynamic modelling features in simulation activities.
  • Participate and collaborate with the engineering team to validate model and includes the fuel cell and electrolyzer system controls.
  • Participate and collaborate with the modelling team to include optimization features.
  • Produce reports, deliverables, and technical reviews.
  • Participate and/or lead the writing of scientific papers and patents.
  • Participate in the preparation of the project's proposal.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should have:

  • MSc in Energy engineering or similar.
  • Strong knowledge of optimization tools, theory, and application on most common PDE and ODE simulation solvers.
  • Know-how in code development applied to physics problems (H2 system and components).
  • Good modelling practices, attention to detail and commitment to verification/validation.
  • Proven experience in the modelling of Hydrogen technologies focuses on hydrogen production technology (electrolyzer, methane cracking and SMR), hydrogen handling (transport, distribution, and storage) and hydrogen uses (burner, boiler, fuel cell, etc.).
  • Teamwork approach, good communication and relational skills.
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Self-motivation and result orientation

Furthermore, the following elements will be positively evaluated:

  • PhD in the topic related to the job opportunity or equivalent research experience related to the topic
  • Proven experience in ENERGY PLAN code
  • Familiarity with Python.


Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract 

Working hours: full time  

Gross annual salary:  range from € 36.200 to € 41.400 depending on background and expertise of the profile related to the scientific domain  

Start date: June 2024

Duration: 24 months

Workplace: Povo - Trento

Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidised cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities, accommodation, supplementary pension and health funds, training courses, public transport, sports facilities, language course fees. Further details at https://www.fbk.eu/en/work-with-us/


Interested candidates must submit their application by completing the online form   (https://jobs.fbk.eu/). Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments (in pdf format):

  • Detailed CV
  • Cover Letter (explaining your motivation and competences for this specific position)
  • At least 2 professional references (e-mails and/or phone numbers)

Application deadline: 24/04/2024
New application deadline: 08/05/2024


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For further information, please contact the Human Resources Services at jobs@fbk.eu.
Recruitment Type
Business Unit
Centro Sustainable Energy
Science and Technology Hub - Trento