Advisor Energy System

Location: hybrid with 1 or 2 days at our HQ in Groningen
Hours per week: 32 to 40 hours

In the next decade the development of European hydrogen transport routes and the roll-out of offshore wind on the North Sea will accelerate. Towards 2030 a national hydrogen network is up and running and about 20 GW offshore production capacity will be installed if ‘Routekaart Wind-op-Zee’ goes as planned. Beyond 2030 further development of this onshore hydrogen network and this offshore wind is expected, but this introduces a number of challenges on how to connect and integrate the produced energy into the Dutch and NW European energy system. Energy Hub in the Dutch territorial waters offshore is a promising concept in these challenging developments.

To meet all these challenges, we do several studies on system integration onshore and offshore to ensure the development of an efficient and reliable energy system with grids for both electricity and gasses. Integrating a Dutch North Sea Energy Hub in the NW European energy system in an effective and efficient way requires grid modelling studies. System integration of electricity and gas grids may be beneficial to the wider energy system and to fulfil the need for transport infrastructure as well as the need for energy conversions into other carriers and energy storage.

You, as advisor Energy System, become part of the team Energy System Development working on system integration studies onshore and offshore. Among others you’ll be working in a project team on the development of a Dutch North Sea Energy Hub.

Next to other Gasunie departments and external parties you are encouraged to build a working relationship with the internal Energy System department and with the NSWPH consortium members and other external working groups related to system integration. All these have gained knowledge and expertise that is recognized in- and externally, are involved in energy system studies and engage actively with stakeholders to ensure wide support. Working closely together with them provides a basis and will help you to get ahead of your tasks.

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to in- and external studies and stakeholder interactions.
  • For example, you could be asked:
    • to develop study scope definitions and to prepare tender documents
    • to prepare presentations for workshops and bilateral meetings
    • to write position papers that may be published externally
    • to write memos to inform management
    • to lead projects in the role of project manager
  • Conduct NW European grid modelling studies.
  • Engage with Tennet and the Dutch government and ensure support.
  • Engage with the NSWPH consortium team from Energinet, Gasunie and Tennet and build upon their knowledge and expertise.
  • Work in close cooperation with the Energy System team (BE), with the departments related to hydrogen, finance and operations and, on occasion, with other Gasunie departments.

The Advisor Energy System reports to the manager of the Energy System department Marijke Kellner (BE) and to the project management team of the Dutch Energy Hub.

Your profile

  • A Master degree in a technical study such as Physics, Mechanical or Civil Engineering.
  • A broad understanding of the energy system and the energy transition.
  • 5 years of (international) working experience in a professional function.
  • Proven experience in grid studies and a power user of PLEXOS software.
  • You are a team player.
  • You show initiative, you are persuasive, sensitive, aware of your stakeholders.
  • You are fluent in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • You have excellent analytical skills, and a well-developed conceptual ability.

What we offer

We offer you a package of employment conditions that includes:

  • A salary between € 62,794 and € 85,407 gross on an annual basis (12 months).
  • A fixed 13th and 14th month.
  • A fixed-term contract that will be converted into a permanent contract after a year.
  • An excellent pension scheme with a small personal contribution of 2%.
  • In addition to 160 leave hours per year, you will receive a flexible budget. You can buy extra days off from this, but you can also have it paid out.
  • Ample opportunities to follow courses/training.
  • One-off payment of €500 net in April 2023 to be spent on sustainable employability.
  • The ability to work partially from home. To properly set up your home workplace, you will receive a compensation of a maximum of € 750.
  • A work laptop/iPad and an iPhone.

About Gasunie

Gasunie is an energy network operator. In the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany, we manage and maintain the infrastructure for large-scale transport and storage of gas. At the moment, this is mainly natural gas, but the energy transition will increasingly bring about a shift towards green gas and hydrogen. We also collaborate in the construction and management of heat and CO2 grids. We ensure that this part of the energy supply is safe, reliable and as sustainable as possible, ensuring that everyone has access to energy, always.

About North Sea Energy Hub

In the last three years TenneT, Gasunie and Energinet joined forces - in the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) consortium - to develop the North Sea Energy Hub concept. Viewed as an energy rather than an electricity hub potential innovative conversion and sector coupling concepts are part of the solution.

More recently the development of an first Energy Hub in Dutch waters has entered into a next phase in which Gasunie, TenneT and the Dutch Government intent to work closely together. For this purpose, a dedicated team will be assigned to work out a feasibility plan of the first Dutch North Sea Energy Hub in the next years.

Interconnected with other Energy Hubs on the North Sea the feasibility plan of the first Energy Hub in Dutch waters may underpin the benefits compared to a national and incremental radial roll-out, through its "hub-and-spoke" concept by minimizing integration costs of offshore wind in the NW European energy system, increasing socio-economic welfare across borders by further coupling energy markets and supporting security of supply at wider regional level.

The first Dutch North Sea Energy Hub project forms a great opportunity for people who are interested in working on one of the most interesting developments in this decades and in playing a crucial role in the European energy transition.

Do you want to apply?

Send your cv and motivation letter via our website, at the latest on 17 August. Around the 19th  we will let you know if you have been invited for an interview on 25 August in Groningen. Do you want to have more information about this vacancy? Contact Marijke Kellner-van Tjonger (Manager): +316 1100 5578. Do you want to know more about the procedure? Contact Jelte de Haan (Recruiter): +316 4675 2273.

Submitting the Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is part of the application procedure.