Professor in Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy

Utrecht University - Faculty of Geosciences

Utrecht, Netherlands

Job description

Global energy demand is rising, resulting in increased pressure on the energy system and the environment, requiring a shift towards sustainable energy systems. The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development within the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University is one of the prime academic institutes on energy systems analysis, with a strong international reputation. The institute wants to strengthen its capacity in the field of system analysis and now seeks to appoint a full Professor of Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy. The Professor will focus on understanding the complex and systemic character of intermittent energy supply systems, its impact on the economy and natural environment and opportunities for changes into or curbing present developments towards (more) sustainable directions. The Professor will join the young, dynamic and productive research group Energy & Resources (E&R) which is one of four research groups within the Copernicus Institute.

The Professor is expected to shape research in the broad field of energy and resources, with a focus on the system integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. The Chair aims to further develop the already historically strong field of systems analysis in the E&R group by investigating decentralized energy systems on a (sub)urban scale. The Chair will take the lead in E&R research on intermittent renewable energy sources (IRES) integration using a multi-disciplinary approach.

In the design of smart grid systems market formation, entrepreneurial activities, end-user involvement, and knowledge development and diffusion are necessary for the transition to a sustainable energy system. The research of the Chair focuses on various aspects of multidisciplinary IRES-based system development: understanding and improving IRES opportunities and performance, assessment and management of energy supply and demand in smart grid environments, and new business, regulatory, and policy models to support IRES-based system development.

The key tasks of the Professor are in research (0.45), teaching (0.45) and management (0.1). While a significant contribution to teaching and management is expected, the distribution of tasks will vary with the needs of the Group and Institute and the opportunities/capabilities of the candidate.


The appointee requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in one of the natural sciences, engineering and/or environmental sciences;
  • a proven track record in energy systems, which is demonstrated through publications in peer reviewed literature;
  • international visibility and reputation in the field of energy science, and, more specifically, intermittent renewable energy systems;
  • excellent communication skills and a team player, bringing out the best in other people and allowing efficient interaction with colleagues from other disciplines;
  • content-related and management qualities required to be a research leader in the field of energy science and to engage in multi-disciplinary research projects;
  • didactic qualities in order to be able to provide, develop and organize education in the fields indicated, and a clear vision on scientific education;
  • an international network, evident from international scientific publications and participation in international consortia for scientific research;
  • proven experience in successfully obtaining external research funds;
  • proven ability to successfully supervise doctoral candidates to completion;
  • interest in societal problems, including sustainability, and the ambition to engage in interactions related to these topics.

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