Researcher: Integration of hydrogen in energy systems

Researcher: Integration of hydrogen in energy systems

Published Deadline Location
8 May 30 Jun Utrecht
Are you an early career researcher with the ambition to contribute to energy transition knowledge with societal impact?

Job description

We seek temporary researchers with transdisciplinary and self-starting research skills to work for a period of maximal half a year on the ‘Rethink Hydrogen’ project.

Your job
The Rethink Hydrogen: A multidisciplinary Living Lab on large-scale green hydrogen production seeks to hire a junior researcher who can commit to 4 days a week for a period of approximately 6 months in the second half of 2024. This research position focusses on the role and integration of hydrogen with our energy grid.

Your research will look at different scenarios for the integration of hydrogen as an energy carrier, based on existing energy transition scenarios.

As a researcher you will support the transdisciplinary ‘Rethink Hydrogen’ team, by performing research on energy-system integration of large off-shore hydrogen production. The research outputs and outcomes are input for the Hydrogen Living Lab and collaboration with the HKU. We seek creative and critical thinkers with excellent research- and teamwork skills with interest in the ‘green’ hydrogen value chain and related economic, societal and environmental challenges and opportunities. The positions are ideal for researchers who are preparing for, or extending, a PhD trajectory.

Your responsibilities will be as follows:
  • develop and elaborate on draft research questions and -methods in collaboration with the Rethink Hydrogen team;
  • develop scenarios for the integration of hydrogen as an energy carrier within the Dutch energy systems, based upon existing energy transition scenarios and different energy system choices; assess economic, societal and energy justice impacts of scenarios;
  • identify modelling/visualisation approaches for communication of scenario options and impacts;
  • co-organise workshops with the Rethink Hydrogen team.

Specifications

Utrecht University

Requirements

We are looking for a enthusiastic junior researcher who meets several or all of the following criteria:
  • a master's degree in a subject relevant to either one of the two junior researcher positions e.g. energy systems, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science;
  • the ability to review and analyse literature from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • a professional attitude and behavior that includes reliability, a pro-active mindset, integrity, precision, good communication skills and collegiality;
  • being pro-active and self starting in developing research approaches and in grasping opportunities for the Living Lab;
  • experience in evaluating and mapping energy systems, ideally experience in visualising results;
  • relevant extracurricular projects that show independent critical research skills would be a plus.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • a temporary position for 6 months;
  • a working week between 20 and 36 hours and a full-time gross salary between €2.618,- and €3.298,- (salary scale 6, 7, 8 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

Employer

Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

At the Faculty of Science there are six departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

You will be working at the department Pathways to Sustainability in cooperation with the UU faculty of Beta Sciences

See for team members: Rethink Hydrogen - Pathways to Sustainability - Utrecht University (uu.nl).

Additional information

For more information, please contact to Udeke Huiskamp at u.huiskamp@uu.nl

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.

Specifications

  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • 20—36 hours per week
  • €2618—€3298 per month
  • University graduate
  • 3915

Employer

Location

Princetonlaan 8a, 3584CB, Utrecht

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As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the "apply now" button. Please enclose:
  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • Optional: the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

Applications (in English) are welcome.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Application procedure

Application procedure

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the "apply now" button. Please enclose:
  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • Optional: the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

Applications (in English) are welcome.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Make sure to apply no later than 30 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).