Postdoc position: Prospects of fusion energy: a techno-economical analysis

Postdoc. Working in close collaboration with the group leader Prof. Lopes Cardozo, colleagues in the group and MSc students. Collaboration with relevant scientists, national and international.
Research Fusion energy is commonly described as the ultimate ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Van Vollenhovenlaan, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

Postdoc. Working in close collaboration with the group leader Prof. Lopes Cardozo, colleagues in the group and MSc students. Collaboration with relevant scientists, national and international.

Research
Fusion energy is commonly described as the ultimate (because ‘inexhaustible, clean and safe’) electricity source with as the one drawback that it is exceedingly difficult to realise. The question whether it is needed is almost never asked. Yet, against the rapidly changing perspective on renewable energy, the question should no longer be if fusion power can be realised, but if – assuming that it can be realised – it will fill a need, provide added value to society and ultimately, if it can be competitive. To address this issue, a series of research questions have been formulated. To answer these, the investigation will draw on fusion science (the status of the mainstream development as well as the potential of alternative schemes), renewable energy (potential and cost) and the energy system (distributed vs. centralised, electricity vs. heat, etc.), and other relevant disciplines, such as economics and transition science. The aim of the study is to provide a science base for policy decisions on the future (direction) of fusion research. The research is of an interdisciplinary nature, and collaboration with specialists from different relevant fields will be fundamental to success.

Functie-eisen

  • PhD in relevant discipline: Physics, Energy Technology, Economics
  • At least a basic understanding of the physics and technology of nuclear fusion, especially its reactor concepts
  • A keen interest in the economics of large-scale deployment of energy technology, familiarity with the energy field and the prospects for the transition to carbon-free generation.

Conditions

NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.
You will be employed by NWO-I for a fixed period of two years.
Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,154 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.

Additional information

Contact
N.J. Lopes Cardozo

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Group 'Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion' at Eindhoven University of Technology. Closely related to the DIFFER Institute.

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