Postdoc Economics of Power-to-Gas (1.0 FTE)

Postdoc Economics of Power-to-Gas (1.0 FTE)

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17 May 16 Jun Groningen

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The postdoc position is part of the international research project ‘Super Power-to-Gas (PtG)’, with partners from academia and business from a number of European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands). The Dutch contribution to this project will be done

Job description

The postdoc position is part of the international research project ‘Super Power-to-Gas (PtG)’, with partners from academia and business from a number of European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands). The Dutch contribution to this project will be done by a postdoc and a PhD student. Both positions are funded by the NWO as part of the ERA-Net cofunding system.

The main objective of SuperP2G is to explore the options to facilitate the conversion of electricity into gas as part of the energy transition. PtG systems can help to offer flexibility to electricity systems dominated by renewable electricity generation and to decarbonize the gas system. PtG can also be a tool to foster local and regional development. Therefore, the consortium will connect leading national projects/regions in the field of PtG in order to utilise synergies and extract “best practice” and “lessons learned”.

The Dutch research activities focus on a flexible use of energy infrastructure (electric, heat and gas) for the transport and distribution of energy. The research project aims to give insight in the economic relationships between the various components within the hydrogen chain: production and supply of inputs (electricity, gas), production of hydrogen through various technologies (including electrolysis), storage and to supply of hydrogen to end-users. In addition, the research project wants to assess the potential of PtG as source of flexibility to stabilise future demand and supply of energy on a decentral basis. The integration of more flexibility and the coupling of energy systems may lead to significant reductions in infrastructure needs.

The postdoc will focus on the tool that will be developed within the Dutch part of the project. Furthermore, the postdoc will play a key role in the coordination of activities with the other members of the international project team. The postdoc will also be responsible for a number of deliverables. The postdoc will participate and cooperate in the ERA-NET Workgroup on storage and cross energy solutions.

The postdoc will closely collaborate with the PhD student within this programme, the supervisors and other colleagues within the Centre for Energy Economics Research of the Faculty of Economics and Business.


University of Groningen


- PhD in Micro Economics or Energy Economics (please note that candidates who will defend their PhD not later than 1 September 2019 are also invited to apply)
- strong academic record as evinced by curriculum vitae and list of publications
- demonstrated competences for quantitative modeling
- a background in the field of energy is appreciated
- affinity with or experience in working in business or service settings
- candidates should be fluent in English.

Conditions of employment

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

- a starting salary depending on qualifications and work experience between € 2,709 (salary scale 10) and € 4,978 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a full-time working week
- a temporary fulltime (1.0 FTE) appointment for a period of three years
- an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end of year bonus.

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,

Starting date: as soon as possible.

You can submit your motivation letter and curriculum vitae until 16 June 11:59pm / before 17 June 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Fixed-term contract: 36 months


Faculty of Economics and Business

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Faculty of Economics and Business
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  • Postdoc positions
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €4978 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 219330


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