At the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious colleague to further strengthen our group with model-based analysis of technology options as part of system transitions for climate mitigation and adaptation. Meeting the Paris Climate Agreement requires limiting global warming to well below 2oC. To reach this goal, greenhouse gas emissions need to reach net zero-emission around the middle of the century. At the same time, human societies will also have to adapt to climate change. This will require substantial changes in all sectors of society, including mobility, energy systems, land use and agriculture and urban systems. A major component of these transitions will be substantial changes in energy production and use, especially by using renewables and energy efficiency measures. In our research team, we use model-based scenarios to explore these transitions. To improve the relevance of these scenarios, it is important to improve region- and technology-specific modelling of individual renewable and energy-use technologies (e.g. renewables, electric vehicles or hydrogen technologies), including aspects such as potentials, energy storage options, shifts between the provision of electricity, heat and transport, technological learning and cost reductions. With this new position, we aim to contribute to an improved understanding of the various transitions by combining insights from model-based scenarios and detailed technology assessments in the context of determining the feasibility of the transition such as institutional and environmental factors.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background in global modelling, with a broad knowledge of renewable energy technologies, able to reconcile top-down modelling approach from the Integrated Assessment Modelling perspective with region-specific trends. The candidate is expected to be able to develop an internationally renowned research line at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. You will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects, including the acquisition and supervision of PhD students. We will enable and coach you to apply for personal research grants.
The candidate will teach in the BSc programme Global Sustainability Science; in the MSc programmes Sustainable Development and Energy Sciences; and supervise bachelor's and master's theses. Teaching topics include energy and resources related courses. The teaching is in English. In the first two years, the teaching task will be 48%; after two years the teaching task will increase to 56%. We gladly receive applications from candidates who: