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PostDoc position: Governance of CO2 conversion

What are relevant governance issues that affect the implementation of CO2 utilisation?

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2836 - € 4474 per maand


With a growing global energy demand and climate change challenge, emerging technologies in the field of renewable energy storage must be sustainable. The storage of renewable electricity in chemical bonds is a compelling technological option that combines flexibility, synthesis of high energy dense fuels and chemicals and may use CO2 as raw material. However, the electrochemical conversion of CO2 is an emergent technology, and favourable societal implementation conditions are still unknown. Critical knowledge on the sustainable implementation of CO2 electrochemical devices for a variety range of stakeholders is therefore needed. This is a key first step in the understanding of the role and contribution of CO2 electrochemical reduction by the near future, within the different CO2 mitigation options in place.

CO2 electrochemical implementation involves a large number of governance issues. There are economic factors (is there a business model for this innovation? Are there sufficient financial incentives at system level to realise this innovation?), legal factors (which regulations enable and which regulations block this innovation?) and political-social factors (is there sufficient political-social support and urgency?) that may act as barriers or enablers for the implementation of CO2 electrochemical conversion. You will work on a framework to analyse these governance issues and to design potential strategies for governments to deal with them. To this end, you will conduct document analyses, interviews, study the literature and organise a number of workshops. You will design the framework in close cooperation with the rest of the research team and your supervisors.

The PostDoc position belongs to the NWO social responsible granted project "Sustainable design of multi-scale CO2 electrochemical conversion", whose principal investigator is Dr. Mar Pérez-Fortes and include researchers from TU Delft and TU Eindhoven. Your work will be supervised by Prof. Hans de Bruijn and you will work together with other researchers within the framework of the abovementioned and other related NWO project.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

• A PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. public administration, law, economics, business administration) and a proven interest and knowledge of technology, or a PhD in a relevant technical discipline with proven skills and experience with social scientific research
• Good analytic skills.
• A result-oriented attitude.
• Willingness and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and with stakeholders.
• Ability to work both, independently and in teams.
• Good communication skills in English, both in written and oral.
• A curiosity-driven mindset and passion for doing research.


The appointment is for 2 years

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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Hans de Bruijn, email: j.a.debruijn@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 27 87169.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Olivie Beek, HR advisor, email: hr-tbm@tudelft.


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