Post-doc in energy systems modelling (0.8 FTE)


Faculty of Economics and Business


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0767

Job description

Are you passionate about shaping the future of energy? We're looking for an energetic Postdoctoral Researcher to join us in collaborative, leading-edge projects within expansive energy consortia. The focus involves expertise in energy modeling and analyzing diverse energy mixes, primarily emphasizing hydrogen-based systems.

As we move toward cleaner energy systems, the way we plan and optimize energy systems becomes critical in steering this shift. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you'll spearhead transformative advancements in energy modeling and optimization across diverse energy sources.

The role is based at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. You'll be situated within the Department of Operations, affiliated with the Energy Transition and Climate Change research theme at the faculty. The team actively participates in various projects addressing the energy transition challenge, with a primary focus on hydrogen-based energy systems.

The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to work on European Commission projects and national projects funded by the Dutch Research Council that are focused on energy systems modelling.

These tasks involve tracing past energy consumption patterns and projecting future energy scenarios for a specific area, feeding into the energy business models. The goal is to pinpoint factors influencing the energy transition, assess risks, and devise a thorough plan for an affordable shift toward low-carbon hydrogen-based energy solutions. By analyzing the ecosystem built around the use of hydrogen, the aim is to identify the key business opportunities, risks and investment requirement, providing valuable insights for stakeholders in the energy industry.

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.


We encourage you to apply if you

- have a Ph.D. in Energy & Sustainability, industrial engineering, applied operations research or a related field (completed or near completion)
- are an excellent researcher and have the ambition to publish in leading scientific journals
- have excellent communication and writing skills (in English)
- are an independent and creative thinker.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, we offer you:

- a starting salary depending on qualifications and work experience between € 3,226 (salary scale 10) and € 5,929 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a temporary fulltime (0.8 FTE) appointment for two years. The initial appointment is for one year. Following a positive assessment, this term will be extended.

Starting date: 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible.

Job Application

Candidates are invited to send: - a letter of application - a curriculum vitae - samples of relevant work. You may apply until 1 January 11:59pm / before 2 January 2024 Dutch local time (CET), using the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. dr. Evrim Ursavas

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0767

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