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5 Postdoc positions – ‘Deep Decarbonization: Towards Industry with Negative Emissions’ (The Netherlands) Deadline: June 14, 2018

An Interdisciplinary Program on Sustainable Energy Transition

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Application Deadline

June 14, 2018

Program Commencement

September 2018

Duration of the Program

2+ Years

 Program Details


Utrecht University, one of the oldest universities in Netherlands, has been ranked first nationally in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 47th globally. The the impact-oriented research program ‘Deep Decarbonization: Towards Industry with Negative Emissions’ comes within the University’s strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability and is developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers.


The Deep Decarbonization hub develops and explores pathways to sustainability and will engage with industries in the Netherlands. The key research question is: How can industry transform, and how can companies, government ans other stakeholders act on their shared responsibility so that the Netherlands meets the Paris climate agreement? To answer this overarching question, the hub pursues three research lines , viz (i) Biofuels with Negative Emissions (BFNE), (ii) Subsurface Resources for Negative Emissions (SRNE), and (iii) Industry in Transition (IiT). Click here for more details.


Requirements & Conditions

Read Liberating Energy from Carbon: Introduction to Decarbonization for an overview of pathways to decarbonizing the carbon economy with a special emphasis on energy and the environment!

BFNE: Biofuels with Negative Emissions (Faculty of Science)
This position requires a strong background in chemistry or chemical engineering and a broad interest in the scientific, technological, economic and social aspects of the energy transition. For details, contact Prof. Pieter BruijnincxDebye Institute for Nanomaterials ScienceProf. Martin JungingerCopernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

SRNE: Subsurface Resources for Negative Emissions (Faculty of Geosciences)
This research requires a PhD in the area of earth materials, chemistry and catalysis or geochemistry as well as inter/transdisciplinary experience or interests. For details, contact: Prof. Chris SpiersDepartment of Earth SciencesProf. Krijn de JongDebye Institute for Nanomaterials ScienceProf. Ernst WorrellCopernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

IiT-1: Industry in Transition – Economics of uncertainty in Sustainability Visions (Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance)
The candidate for this position should hold a PhD in energy systems analysis or energy economics with proven interest in futuring. For details, contact: Dr. Mark SandersUtrecht University School of EconomicsProf. Gert Jan KramerCopernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

IiT-2: Industry in Transition – Creating Sustainability Visions (Faculty of Geosciences)
This postdoctoral position is open to researchers with a background and experience in creating and delivering engaging futuring processes and with a well-developed capacity to engage diverse stakeholders and draw together their quantitative, economic and technical knowledge. For details, contact: Prof. Gert Jan KramerCopernicus Institute of Sustainable DevelopmentDr. Jesse HoffmanUrban Futures Studio.

IiT-3: Industry in Transition – Sustainability Transition Strategies (Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance)
The postdoctoral researcher should have a legal or governance science background and prior experience in working across disciplines as a boundary spanner. For details, contact: Prof. Marleen van RijswickUtrecht Centre for Water Oceans and Sustainability LawProf. Gert Jan KramerCopernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

The appointments, starting in September 2018 and initially for a period of 2 years, will be extended up to 4 years, subject to the acquisition of external funding and to good performance.Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

The gross monthly salary is based on experience and qualifications, and ranges from a minimum of €2,984 to a maximum of €4,757 on a full-time basis (salary scale 10 -11). A holiday allowance of 8% per year, a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model) are offered. Facilities for sports and childcare also are available. For more information, click here.

 Application Process

Indicate to which Postdoc position you apply, and provide:

  • Application Letter which describes your motivation and qualifications.
  • A one-page document stating how your academic expertise, ideas and previous experience in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary sustainability research could contribute to the research hub.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • List of publications.
  • A one-page document listing your teaching expertise.
  • The names and addresses of two referees.

To apply, click on the links below:

  1. BFNE: Biofuels with Negative Emissions – apply here.
  2. SRNE: Subsurface Resources for Negative Emissions – apply here.
  3. IiT-1: Industry in Transition – Sustainability Visions – apply here.
  4. IiT-2: Industry in Transition – Sustainability Visions – apply here.
  5. IiT-3: Industry in Transition – Sustainability Transition Strategies – apply here.

If you are interested in more than one position, you need to apply for each position individually.

Application deadline: June 14, 2018.

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