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The NEON project: 5 PhD positions to accelerate the energy transition.

vacancy D: The NEON project: Modeling and evaluating the environmental effects of the energy and mobility transition

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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38 uur


NEON 'lights the way to zero emission energy and mobility'. If you become a researcher within NEON you will be actively involved in solving the interrelated challenges of climate, energy and mobility. NEON does this in close collaboration with companies and policy makers. Key to NEON is an interdisciplinary approach combining social, economic and technological expertise. In addition to producing excellent science, NEON aims at a large societal impact. One of the ways this will done is by publishing an annual New Energy Outlook for the Netherlands, which analyses the current state of the renewable energy and smart mobility transitions and summarizes all the research done within the project over the past year.

At TU/e we are inviting applications to join the NEON team.

  • Vacancy A (1 PhD position) The NEON project: Energy demand and new market models
  • Vacancy B (1 PhD position) The NEON project: Technical standards to accelerate the energy transition
  • Vacancy C (2 PhD positions) The NEON project: Modeling the energy and mobility transition
  • Vacancy D (1 PhD position) The NEON project: Modeling and evaluating the environmental effects of the energy and mobility transition

Vacancy D (1 PhD position) The NEON project: Modeling and evaluating the environmental effects of the energy and mobility transition

This project aims to evaluate the actual contribution of new technologies to the energy and mobility transition by evaluating their environmental performance? We anticipate that this will require a mixed method approach, combining quantitative assessments with more qualitative research.

The starting point is the impact (environmental, sustainability, e.g. LCA) of these technologies over their life cycle. The challenges will be to do this for emerging technologies and future context; to link this to the integrated NEON model on energy systems, to show critical trade-offs; and to link it to societal readiness. We envision that the environmental performance interacts with different enabling conditions of the energy and mobility transitions. These enabling conditions are, by IPCC (2018), defined as: multi-level governance, technological innovation, behavior change, finance, policy and institutional capacity. These enabling conditions need to reinforce each other to accelerate the systems transitions. How do LCA-results interact with these enabling conditions? What role could environmental performance assessments play in accelerating systems transitions? For this position we are looking for students with a background in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Sciences or Sustainable Energy Technologies.


The above PhD projects are embedded in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). TU/e is one of the world's leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement). It is in particular well‐known for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies).

Within the Department IE&IS you will be affiliated with the research group Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS). The TIS group of the School of Innovation Sciences is an ambitious, international group. Our research focuses on understanding the development and use of technology in a societal context. Our staff teaches in the BSc program 'Sustainable Innovation', and the MSc program 'Innovation Sciences', as well as in university-wide programs for engineering students.

The department of IE&IS has a strong national and international reputation for both basic research in the academic community and applied research with industry. You will have the opportunity to benefit from that environment and to contribute to the ongoing research.


The ideal advanced students for this program will have a strong, demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced study in technology- and policy-related fields, with a high level of accomplishment in their Master's level study. More specifically, NEON PhD candidates:

  • hold a relevant Master's degree (see details above).
  • have good communication skills and command of written and spoken English
  • are reliable, can work and deliver timely both independently and in a team, and have strong organisational skills and a pro-active work attitude.


  • You are part of the NEON 'family' of over 30 PhD students that support each other and work together. Physical and virtual facilities and activities and support are organised to facilitate this.
  • A full-time appointment for a period of 4 years at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). With an intermediate evaluation after nine months
  • Gross monthly salary from € 2.395 (gross in the first year) to € 3.061 per month (last year).
  • TU/e offers an additional 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program), and excellent sport facilities.
  • You are part of the NEON family.

Furthermore, the project support its PhD students through job-crafting, monthly coaching and co-creation workshops and a shared 'innovation space' where all researchers come together at least once a week to create a truly and well-integrated multidisciplinary team, all working towards the shared goal of accelerating the sustainability transition.

Additional information

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • Cover letter (max. 2 pages), in which you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly describe your fit with this research project including a short description of your research ideas.
  • When you also apply to one of the other positions within NEON, please make this clear in your application letter and indicate which position has your preference.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A list of grades from your master
  • A sample research document written by the candidate: a relevant (working) paper, or a master thesis
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

We ask candidates to apply before the deadline of 31/10/2020. A first round of interviews will take place around mid-November.

To apply for Vacancy D (1 PhD position) The NEON project: Modeling and evaluating the environmental effects of the energy and mobility transition please use the 'apply now"-button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.

Further information

For further information about the NEON research project, please contact program director Auke Hoekstra (a.e.hoekstra[at]tue.nl). For specific questions you can also contact: For vacancy B prof.dr.ir.ing. Rudi Bekkers (r.n.a.bekkers[at]tue.nl), vacancy A and vacancy C prof.dr. Floor Alkemade (f.alkemade[at]tue.nl), vacancy D prof.dr. Heleen de Coninck (h.c.de.coninck[at]tue.nl).

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Ms. Kim van Puijenbroek, the HR advisor (pz.ieis[at]tue.nl).

Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.