Postdoc Researcher Modeling and Managing the Energy Transition – Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – Delft

  • Delft

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft University of Technology is hiring a postdoc in the field of model-based decision support for the energy transition. As the energy system is decarbonized, it is becoming increasingly integrated and therefore also more complex. You will perform research, help with coordinating research projects and help with eduction and project acquisition in the field of regulation and market design of the energy system. Flexibility and energy systems integration are core themes.

The research focuses on improving the design and regulation of markets for heat, electricity and gas (natural gas as well as hydrogen), considering their mutual relations and increasing interdependency. Models, both optimisation and (agent-based) simulation, play a large role in the research. The objective of the research is to improve the quality of decision making in the energy sector, both with respect to investment decisions and regulation.

You will perform independent research and also work together with doctoral candidates in various projects in order to realize synergies between these projects. You will help with education, e.g. in the area of energy market modeling and continuous development of the electricity market simulation game. Lastly, you will help with the acquisition and implementation of new research projects.

You will work in the Energy and Industry Section of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Laurens de Vries.


  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Delft
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • You like to work in an international, multi-disciplinary environment on energy-transition relevant problems, have an open personality and good English language skills.
  • You are able to communicate and collaborate well with international research partners, colleagues and students.
  • You have a Doctoral Degree in a field related to energy economics and/or energy system analysis.
  • You enjoy performing research, but are also interested in developing your education, leadership and project acquisition skills.
  • You are independent, self-motivated and eager to learn, and care about the societal impact of your work.
  • Conditions of employment

    Fixed-term contract: 14 months with possibility of 34 months extension thereafter.

    The position is initally limited to 14 months with the possibility for a 3-year extension thereafter, pending the outcome of an ongoing grant application.

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

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    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 as one of our core and we actively to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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    Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

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

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