Postdoctoral researcher urban design/planning for renewable energy systems


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Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Kenniscentrum NoorderRuimte

Groningen is the place to be when it comes to design research for the energy transition. Spatial, social and technical disciplines work together to create energy positive environments.
Since 2019 the city of Groningen has therefore become a so-called lighthouse city in the H2020 Making City project, through which it guides six follower cities towards becoming Positive Energy Districts. Hanze University of Applied Sciences participates in this project, conducting research on planning the spatial, technical and social transformations needed to generate more (renewable) energy than is consumed at district level.

We are currently looking for a talented post-doc researcher in urban design/planning or (landscape) architecture to co-develop plans for these districts in the city of Groningen, and participate in the international H2020 project.

The Research Centre for Built Environment ‘NoorderRuimte’ conducts applied research in four focus areas: earthquakes, liveability, sustainability and health & wellbeing. Our professors, teacher-researchers, and students bring the disciplines of architecture, building and construction, civil engineering, facility management and real estate together, in close collaboration with industry partners. Within the Research Centre seven Professorships collaborate, amongst which the professorate of Spatial Transformations. The objective of the Professorship of Spatial Transformations is to envision a reciprocal future for landscapes, cities, urban districts and buildings, in which the use of energy, water, food, and materials is not seen as creating waste but generating new clean resources for the environment. We do this in a research by design approach, being creative and coming up with innovative and breakthrough solutions for fundamental questions and problems of our time, such as climate adaptation, energy transition and circularity.

Within the H2020-project Making City, we offer the following vacancy of Postdoctoral researcher urban design/planning for renewable energy systems.

Position in the organisation

This position of postdoctoral researcher is part of the Research Centre for the Built Environment ‘Noorderruimte’, the professorship of Spatial Transformations, within which the majority of the work will be devoted to the international project Making City. This European H2020 project is working on designing ‘positive energy districts’, in close collaboration with the stakeholders in Groningen and the selected urban districts.

Content of the role

1. Contribute to the transdisciplinary international research project for the design and evaluation of ‘Positive Energy Districts’ in eight cities in Europe. The focus lies on spatial design-technical research, i.e. investigating current and potential energy balance of neighborhoods’, collecting energy data at neighborhood and building level, co-designing the energy potential in the neighborhood towards positive energy districts, modelling the technical energy balance (in close collaboration with TNO), co-design, both spatially and technically, net-positive energy systems at neighborhood level, understanding the implementable of concrete energy saving, and -generating measures at building and neighborhood scale, including their impact on and conditions set for the local grid, including e-mobility;
2. Contribute to the planning and realization of the research related to the design of spatial and technical energy systems together with the other European partners in Making City;
3. Supervising a limited number of (Master and Bachelor) graduates;
4. Co-creating and writing proposals for follow-up research projects.


- Being part of a dynamic and innovative cluster of researchers in the frontline of cross-cutting energy design research;
- Becoming part of a large international research project in Europe whilst getting acquainted with the mores of H2020 practices;
- The opportunity to develop yourself further as a practice oriented researcher;
- The possibility to extend your network in the area of expertise at the local and international levels;
- To contribute to timely research in an international network.


- A finished doctorate in the field of spatial design or planning, landscape architecture or architecture, in combination with substantial understanding of technical energy systems, including the modelling of urban energy flows;
- Understanding of and experience with research methods, such as research by design, case-study research, energy quantification and modelling;
- Having published relevant journal articles and/or book chapters, including working papers in international academic journals;
- Affinity with practice-oriented research;
- International expertise and network;
- An excellent understanding of both spoken and written English and preferably Dutch, or the intention to learn Dutch.


For this role, the following competences are required: design oriented and creative thinking, results orientation, work independently, academic writing, and planning and organization. You are a teamplayer, who takes initiatives and is creative.


The start date is asap, and the appointment will initially be for one year, with the intention to extend to two years as a minimum. The appointment follows the cao-hbo agreement. The salary level is 11, with a salary between € 3.453,- and € 5.026,- gross per month full time. In addition, you will be entitled to holiday pay and a year-end bonus. Hanze UAS offers plenty of opportunities for further development in your field. A certificate of good conduct may be required. You will get reimbursement for the fee by the Hanze University..

More information

Information about this role can be obtained with Rob Roggema, Professor of Spatial Transformations ( or Cyril Tjahja, Hanze Project Leader Making City (+31 (0)6 10235466). Please do not use the email address of Rob Roggema for your apllication (click on 'Apply').

The job interviews will take place on Monday 21 September 2020.

Vacancy status

This vacancy is internal and external published; this means that employees of Hanze UAS are preferred over external candidates.

We do not appreciate acquisition in reference to this advertisement.

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