Vacancy No. ITAS 02-2024

ITAS 02-2024 Master Thesis A System Dynamics model for Li-Ion battery production and values chain

Job description

Within the ongoing energy transition, increasing amounts of different Lithium-Ion secondary batteries (LiB) will be needed for stationary and mobile applications. There are some sustainability related drawbacks related to the production of LiB regarding e.g., resource and energy use and related environmental impact. The aim of the thesis is to carry out an assessment of a selected lithium-ion battery production and corresponding value chain using a system dynamics approach. The expected goals are the identification of potential effects of potential disruption or changes in the value chain on Lithium-ion battery production in Europe. The work is carried out in close cooperation with the POLIS Cluster of Excellence at KIT and the Technical Research Center Finland (VTT). The latter holds expertise in the field of system dynamics and KIT for resources and battery production.

In particular, the work comprises the following tasks:

  • Review of existing publications on Material Flow and Life cycle Assessment studies for Lithium-ion batteries
  • Identification of important actors and processes along the value chain
  • Analysis of energy and materials flow analysis within a system dynamics approach
  • Quantification material and energy flows in the corresponding model
  • Development of sensitivity analyses.
  • Critical reflection of the outcomes
Personal qualification
  • Field of study: Industrial engineering, process, social sciences, system analysis or similar disciplines
  • Good technical understanding
  • Initial experience with material and energy flow analysis or life cycle assessment advantageous
  • Skilled in MS-Office (Excel and Word)
  • Very good English skills (basic knowledge of German is an advantage)
  • Organized and reliable, working independently and self-motivated.     
Organizational unit

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Starting date


Contract duration

6 months

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Manuel Baumann, phone +49 721 608-23215 and Dr. Marcel Weil.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number ITAS 02-2024 .
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Ms Carrasco Sanchez
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Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

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Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.