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PostDoc position: Value-sensitive design of CO2 conversion with a focus on sustainability

How to design electrochemical CO2 conversion in an ethically acceptable way?

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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.

In this research project, the PostDoc will work on the social and ethical perspective of CO2 electrochemical implementation. You will apply a value-sensitive design or design for values approach to the electrochemical conversion of CO2. You will perform stakeholder interviews and do literature review, and on basis of this you will make an overview of the moral and social values that should be taken into account in the design of this new technology. For a number of values, including at least the value of sustainability, you will do a conceptual analysis based on relevant (e.g., philosophical) literature, and you will further specify these values in terms of (design) requirements for the new technology taking into account relevant (e.g., technical) literature. You will formulate these requirements in close cooperation with the rest of the research team and relevant stakeholders (e.g. through workshops).

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. Ibo van de Poel 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 or humanities discipline (e.g. applied ethics, philosophy of technology or science and technology studies) and a proven interest and knowledge of technology, or a PhD in a relevant technical discipline with proven skills and experience with social scientific or humanities 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 1 year

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. Ibo van de Poel, email: i.r.vandepoel@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 27 84716.

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


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