PhD positions Optimization within the Energy Transition (2.0 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

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The Graduate School SOM of the Faculty of Economics and Business has two PhD positions available.

Job description

Within the Department of Operations at the Faculty of Business and Economics, two PhD positions (each 1.0 FTE) are available on the topic “Optimization within the Energy Transition”, requiring expertise in Operations Research. This vacancy is part of a large, inter-disciplinary project, ConsenCUS (CarbOn Neutral cluSters through Electricity-based iNnovations in Capture, Utilisation and Storage), involving 19 public and private projects from seven countries. You will work within the Department of Operations.

The EU has set a clear target to curb climate change: a climate neutral industry by 2050. For several crucial EU industries, this means that the CO2 they emit needs to be captured, utilised and/or stored. ConsenCUS aims to provide an industrial roadmap to a net-zero carbon future through “Carbon neutral clusters by electricity-based innovations in Capture, Utilisation and Storage”. We search for PhD candidates to investigate the opportunities and challenges related to energy transition. The envisioned contributions of the PhD projects are:

● to contribute to the establishment of a framework for the Carbon neutral clusters
● to identify the optimization challenges of key-interest within the energy transition
● to develop appropriate Operations Research models and methods to solve the identified optimization challenges. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to:
o decomposition methods for network design problems; robust optimization for dynamic power to gas storage policies; optimal or heuristic dynamic decision making while controlling the different incentives of stakeholders in a distribution network or energy market
● to use the Operations Research models and methods to assess different scenarios of future energy transition by society using input and data provided by partners in the consortium.


• Master’s degree (MSc, MA, or MPhil) in Operations Research, (Applied) Mathematics, Industrial Engineering or related fields
• strong academic record and demonstrated competence in quantitative modeling (i.e., Operations Research)
• excellence in written and verbal English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a gross monthly salary of € 2,790, which increases yearly to a maximum of € 3,061
- a 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3 % year-end bonus
- a temporary full-time appointment for a period of four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.

Starting date: 1 May 2021

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

Job Application

If you are interested, we invite you to apply no later than 25 February 11:59 pm / before 26 February 2021 (Central European Time). Please click on the "Apply" button below.

The application package consists of the following separate documents:

1. a motivation letter (1A4 max)
2. your CV
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

For more information, please send an email to

Dr Evrim Ursavas

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221054-55

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