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Assistant Professor System and Technology Design for Energy Distribution (Tenure Track)

Do you want to work on the great challenges that society is facing in the next decades, focused around and on nature based solutions? Would you like to work …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Do you want to work on the great challenges that society is facing in the next decades, focused around and on nature based solutions? Would you like to work in an interdisciplinary environment, expressed by the presence of scientists with different backgrounds and by the cooperation of groups with different scientific or disciplinary signatures?

Electrical engineering at Wageningen University is related to the focus area distributed electrical energy supply and demand, especially system and technology design for combined centralized and decentralized (hybrid) energy distribution systems. The university chooses to strengthen the focus area in Electrical Engineering on these energy distribution systems, embedded in the Environmental Technology (ETE) group, as part of the national sector plan in natural sciences and technology. Much research at WUR is done to develop innovative technologies to produce and recover energy from non-fossil resources, especially related to urban and (agro-)industrial water and waste streams. We study how these technologies can be integrated in regional energy networks, taking demand-supply dynamics and storage requirements into account. The research in Wageningen will be focused on the use of materials abundantly available in nature - especially charge dense porous solids like salts, carbon and metal oxides- for the fabrication of these storage systems, as an alternative to rare earth metals such as lithium, which is considered to become scarce. Electric-thermal conversions as part of smart grid are also considered. We join the Wageningen Energy Alliance, a platform for scientists from different disciplines working on various projects related to the energy transition.

In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor system and technology design for combined centralized and decentralized (hybrid, smart grid) energy distribution systems responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research activities in the field of decentralized energy distribution systems. Dynamic models are developed to evaluate the performance of decentralized technologies for energy production and storage in smart grids for demand response management. In these models, we consider the power and energy density of various storage systems, with a focus on inclusion of natural abundant materials and conversions of electric-thermal -and vice versa- nature. These dynamic models can be used to support decision making processes with respect to the implementation of these energy distribution and storage systems, and the effects of load shifting on the required storage capacity. In this position you will be in addition to novel research, be motivating and teaching students and develop new courses. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.

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As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in Environmental Technology.

  • You have a successfully completed academic study (MSc level; recognised in The Netherlands) in Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering or related fields;
  • A PhD in Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering or related fields;
  • You have knowledge and expertise in renewable energy;
  • You have ample experience with management of complex projects;
  • Acquisition of research funding skills;
  • You have excellent communication skills;
  • You have didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students.
Information Tenure track Wageningen University & Research:
Wageningen University offers talented young scientists a challenging new career trajectory, the Tenure track. By introducing this trajectory, our aim, is to attract top talent and to stimulate excellence.
From the position of Assistant Professor, candidates can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair in a maximum period of twelve years. In addition, they will be given the chance to build up their own research line. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. Moreover, this transparant career path can lead to a permanent employment contract.
As we will be selecting only candidates of high potential to take part in the Tenure Track trajectory, for all participating candidates, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.


A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3637,-. to a maximum of € 4978,-. for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11).

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

For more information about this function, please contact dr. Annemiek ter Heijne, assistant professor telephone +31 317 483447 or by e-mail annemiek.terheijne@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact Joes van Meurs, HR advisor, e-mail joes.vanmeurs@wur.nl.

General information about Environmental Technology can be found on www.wur.nl/ete
This vacancy is open until suitable candidates have been found for the position, although no later than September 20th 2019. Please note that applications sent by email will not be considered.

The first job interviews will take place in August 2019.