Smart Cities, Smart Secure Cities, Postdoc, Energy transition
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Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8)
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Looking for a challenge? This is your chance to contribute to the worldwide energy transition in an interdisciplinary, innovative research lab at Delft University of Technology. 


Job description


We can offer you a fulltime postdoc position for two years. As a postdoc in this research project, you are challenged to integrate quantitative methods, data and scenarios in the context of the energy transition in a multi-modelling design framework and revolutionize the way we study the design of the energy transition.


Designing the energy transition, in terms of ‘comprehensive engineering’ is fundamental for the functioning of our society in the coming decades. However, no comprehensive methods exist to come to appropriate designs of such complex, large/multi-scale, multi-carrier, multi-actor, multi-infrastructure, value-laden systems. Very many socio-technical scenarios are feasible under different sets of assumptions. Different kinds of uncertainties (policy, decision, systemic, normative etc.) limit, on a fundamental level, what comprehensive designs are ‘good’.


Starting from the myriad of energy transition projects and findings, and their (modelling) methods, for which many are present at the faculty of TPM, the challenge is to develop a multi-modelling design framework, including the supporting tools (hardware, software) that enables us to set up, execute, and study testable ‘designs’ for the energy transition (i.e. illicit robust scenarios, no-regret measures, important limitations, and so on). Key for success of such a risky project is to contrast, combine, and possibly integrate various methods and perspectives on the energy transition. By doing this systematically, through the quantitative lens of modelling, best practices for design in socio-technical systems are extracted.

The position is at heart of the Energy Transition Lab on the theme ‘design of the energy transition’, and is in close collaboration with a second postdoc on behavior in the energy transition, connects to upcoming other projects in the Lab and with a broad variety of energy researchers at the faculty. We expect the postdoc to play a pivotal role in the Lab, coordinating activities, connecting to and interacting with the many energy researchers and the Lab directors. The lab has a Master Thesis Circle, and the postdoc is encouraged to co-supervise students on research projects that are closely related to your own research. The flexible nature of the Lab means there is room to shape the position, both in content as well as in the (other) activities (i.e. grant writing, supervision and so on).


Energy Transition Lab
You will be working for the TPM Energy Transition Lab. This lab is initated by the faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management of Delft Technology of University in April 2020. The lab has the ambition to perform innovative and interdisciplinary research on the development of new approaches, methods and tools for fostering an effective, fair, legitimate energy transition. From various perspectives and with various (multi)methods, the lab studies behavior in and design of the energy transition. The TPM Energy Transition Lab aims to develop out-of-the-box, high risk activities that connect energy researchers of the TPM faculty. The Lab is directed by energy researchers from different scientific backgrounds and from different departments of the faculty.



  • PhD degree in the area of simulation modelling, energy systems, energy policy, energy transition and/or scenario analysis
  • A clear interest in understanding both the technological as the social side of energy systems and the impact of transitions on society
  • Experience in interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary research
  • Very good analytical and methodological skills
  • A track record with regard to relevant publications
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Very good communication skills and interest in collaborating with fellow researchers as well as conveying research outcomes to non-academic stakeholders
  • The ability to work independently and as a team player (i.e. willingness to interact well with your colleagues and partners within the lab)
  • You are expected to present your research at international conferences and publish your results in scientific journals.
  • A creative and open mindset and willingness to grow with the lab


Conditions of employment

 Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

 Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


Additional information

 For information about this vacancy, you can contact Emile Chappin, Director of the Energy Transition Lab, email: S.I.Tober@tudelft.nl, tel: +(0)15 27 81459.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Olivie Beek, HR Advisor, email: vacature-tbm@tudelft.nl.


Application procedure

Please send your CV and motivation letter (in which you also indicate shortly how you would address the challenges described in the job description) to vacature-tbm@tudelft.nllatest by October 31 2020.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.