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NEON Scholarship Project: 5 PhD Students Needed To Accelerate The Energy Transition.

NEON ‘lights the thanks to zero emission energy and mobility’. If you become a researcher within NEON you’ll 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. additionally to producing excellent science, NEON aims at an outsized societal impact.


One of the ways this may done is by publishing an annual New Energy Outlook for Netherlands , which analyses the present 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 hitch 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 Climate impacts


Vacancy C (2 PhD positions) The NEON project: Modeling the energy and mobility transition
This project aims to develop the core NEON models. Using agent-based simulation and other modelling approaches you’ll develop a strategy that turns the inputs of NEON researchers and stakeholders in energy and mobility into integral, quantified and potentially disruptive scenarios.

These models are going to be wont to , alongside stakeholders, find scenarios which will successfully address energy, mobility and climate challenges.


Creating these models entails several modeling and conceptual challenges, from creating digital twins of specific neighborhoods to forecasting the role of emerging or novel technologies within the future energy system to making interfaces that allow stakeholders and policymakers to meaningfully interact with the models.


For these positions we are trying to find candidates with a background in computing, AI , or Energy sciences.


Vacancy A (1 PhD position) Energy demand and new market models
This project aims to develop an inclusive framework for various market models so as to be ready to explore the impacts of the various options in terms of energy, costs and GHG reductions.


Important challenges are how we will design new market models that foster the energy and mobility transition which are at an equivalent time inclusive and socially just; how we will design market models that allow users at different scales to actively participate in and contribute to the energy transition; how can we develop business cases for brand spanking new products and services like seasonal storage.


The project combines design of market models and tariffs, experiments in living labs and simulation. For this position we are trying to find students with a background in Economics, Energy science, or Innovation sciences.


Vacancy B (1 PhD position) Technical standards to accelerate the energy transition
This project aims to make better understanding on how the transition to sustainable energy and mobility are often supported and accelerated by the utilization of technical standards. The expectation is that the relevant solutions in these fields won’t be isolated ones but are going to be supported connectivity and interoperability.


This is best facilitated by the event and adoption appropriate technical standards. But if the market fails to develop these, we may even see the increase monopolies in one or maybe more layers within the value chain, rather than a healthy market.


Here, not only the supply of standards matters, but also their adoption, and therefore the legal/political framework. In close collaboration with other researchers within the NEON project, and shut consultation with stakeholders, the candidate will identify the necessity for standards in relevant areas.


Using insights from the evolving literature also as extensive data collection, the candidate will perform three critical case studies on the event adoption, identify possible obstacles, and develop policy recommendations.


As an example, a case study could specialise in vehicle-to-vehicle communications, where two different standards are developed, but where the car industry et al. are very divided of which one is be used, and where European legislators are considering to form one among the standards mandatory (which is an unusual step, but deemed necessary by some to make sure interoperability).


Other examples include DC power distribution) and WP6 (medium voltage chargers). Other contemporary examples include standards for (DC) power grids, for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power, smart charging and medium voltage chargers, and IoT in reference to mobility and energy. Intensive collaboration between the TU/e and stakeholder, standards bodies, and regulators, facilitate the candidate in completing this research.


For this position we are trying to find candidates with a background in Innovation studies, Innovation management, Economics, or Sustainable energy technologies. Candidates who worked on technical standards during their Master are especially welcomed to use.


Vacancy D Modeling climate impacts.
This project aims to guage the particular contribution of latest technologies to the energy and mobility transition by evaluating their environmental performance? We anticipate that this may require a mixed method approach, combining quantitative assessments with more qualitative research.


The start line is that the impact (environmental, sustainability, e.g. LCA) of those technologies over their life cycle. The challenges are going to be to try to to this for emerging technologies and future context; to link this to the integrated NEON model on energy systems, to point out 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 got to reinforce one another 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 trying to find students with a background in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Sciences or Sustainable Energy Technologies.


The above PhD projects are embedded within the Department of commercial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). TU/e is one among the world’s leading research universities (ranked by the days education Supplement).
It is especially well‐known for its joint research with industry (ranked favorite worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies).


Within the Department IE&IS you’ll be affiliated with the research group Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS). The TIS group of the varsity of Innovation Sciences is an ambitious, international group.


Our research focuses on understanding the event and use of technology during a societal context. Our staff teaches within the BSc program ‘Sustainable Innovation’, and therefore the MSc program ‘Innovation Sciences’, also as in university-wide programs for engineering students.


The department of IE&IS features a strong national and international reputation for both basic research within the academic community and applied research with industry. you’ll have the chance to profit from that environment and to contribute to the continued research.


Job requirements
The ideal advanced students for this program will have a robust , 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 during a team, and have strong organisational skills and a pro-active work attitude.


Working Conditions

you’re a part of the NEON ‘family’ of over 30 PhD students that support one another 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 within the first year) to € 3.061 per month (last year).
  • TU/e offers a further 8% holiday allowance and eight ,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • a beautiful package of fringe benefits, including a private development program for PhD students (PROOF program), and excellent sport facilities.
  • you’re a 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 close a minimum of once every week to make a very and well-integrated multidisciplinary team, all working towards the shared goal of accelerating the sustainability transition.


Application procedure
Your application must contain the subsequent documents (all in English):

covering letter (max. 2 pages), during which you motivate your interest during this vacancy and explicitly describe your fit with this scientific research including a brief description of your research ideas.


Indicate clearly to which vacancy you’re applying. once you apply to multiple vacancies, please mention this in your letter and indicate your preference.


  • an in depth curriculum vitae
  • an inventory of grades from your master
  • A sample research document written by the candidate: a relevant (working) paper, or a master thesis.
  • Name and get in touch with information of two references.
  • If your degree isn’t from an English-spoken program, a symbol of proficiency in English must be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).


Note that incomplete applications won’t be considered.

We ask candidates to use before the deadline of 31/10/2020. a primary round of interviews will happen around mid-November.

To apply For Vacancy A: Energy demand and new market models V39.4646 please click here and use the “apply now button”.

To apply for Vacancy B: Technical standards to accelerate the energy transition V39.4647 please click here and use the “apply now button”.

To apply for Vacancy C: Modeling the energy and mobility transition V39.4648 please click here and use the “apply now button”.

To apply for Vacancy D: Modeling climate impacts V39.4649 please click here and use the “apply now button”.


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