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PhD candidate in Public Administration / Public Governance

Tilburg Law School of Tilburg University is looking for a Ph.D candidate Public Administration / Public Governance.
This job opportunity is for a Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration/Public Governance, in the department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 100 full-time academic staff and a range of legal and social disciplines. Your purpose is to study the regulatory and policy frameworks for large-scale energy storage, as part of a team of ambitious scholars at both Tilburg University and Delft University of Technology, committed to not only better understand but also to shape the transformations and innovations needed in public governance for a ‘just’ energy transition.

2 maanden geleden


Warandelaan, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


As Ph.D. candidate, you conduct research as a member of the joint Tilburg University-Delft University of Technology team of the RELEASE project.

Your Ph.D. research contributes to accelerating development and implementation of technological solutions by designing as well as analyzing the social innovations needed for large-scale energy storage, in particular regulatory and policy frameworks.

Your research focuses on the identification of both barriers to and enablers for large-scale storage. It investigates what can be done by a variety of actors at various levels of governance to overcome barriers and strengthen enablers to contribute to a ‘just’ energy transition.

You will do so through zooming in on these questions as they appear in ‘real time’ in field labs and in concrete cases. That means not only interviewing and observing actors involved, and gathering various types of data, but also developing, testing and implementing new regulatory and policy frameworks, in close collaboration with the field.

As PhD candidate, you participate in the courses of the Netherlands Institute of Governance, the Tilburg Graduate School, and other relevant research training programs.

In the course of your research, you collaborate with researchers within the project team (both at Tilburg University and Delft University of Technology), and partners in the broader RELEASE project, as well as with researchers across the department and school. You participate in and contribute to a network affiliated with the department, the Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance (TiREG).

Principally, you contribute to teaching in the department of the Public Governance (PLG), with focus largely on the bachelor Public Administration / Public Governance (in Dutch) and master Public Governance (in English) at Tilburg University. These specific degree programs include courses in the field of politics, public administration and governance, as well as in research methodology (qualitative and quantitative).

The ratio between Ph.D. research and teaching is 80%-20%.


  • You have a master (MA/MSc) in Public Administration or a topic relevant to Public Administration in a related discipline.
  • You have a proven affinity with discussions on the social dimension of climate change and the energy transition and debates about the (public) governance thereof.
  • You have strong English writing skills, and preferably speak Dutch.
  • In addition, you are an agile team-player with good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You are committed to be an active member of the RELEASE project team, a good citizen of the PLG department, and to integrate within the interdisciplinary environment and projects provided by the law school and the university.


Tilburg University believes that academic excellence is achieved through the combination of outstanding research and education, in which social impact is made by sharing knowledge. In doing so, we recognize that excellence is not only achieved through individual performance, but mostly through team effort in which each team member acts as a leader connecting people.

Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.

The starting gross salary is € 2,395 per month (full time) based on scale P0 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility - this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.

Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement which will initially be for a fixed period of 16 months with a statutory probationary period of two months. After 12 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, your employment agreement will be extended for the remaining period of 32 months.

You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.

Please visit Working at Tilburg University for more information on our employment conditions.

Additional information

RELEASE project
In 2020, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) awarded over € 10 million for research on large-scale energy storage to be carried out by the interdisciplinary consortium RELEASE (Reversible Large-scale Energy Storage).

The objective of RELEASE is to create fundamental scientific insights and to develop, implement and demonstrate technological solutions for large-scale storage of energy, as well as market, regulatory, policy and ethical frameworks.

RELEASE includes universities, institutes of technology, businesses, field laboratories and government agencies in an unprecedented alliance that covers everything from the lab environment to full-scale implementation. Over 40 researchers from 7 universities and 25 partners, together with their teams, conduct interdisciplinary research that aims to bring social and scientific breakthroughs a step closer.

As part of the broader project, a joint Tilburg University-Delft University of Technology team of researchers seeks to address in a comprehensive, value-sensitive manner, questions of regulation, policy and ethics to contribute to a ‘just’ energy transition.