Chair in Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy

Utrecht University - Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Geosciences seeks to appoint a Chair in Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy.

The Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University is the largest in the Netherlands, offering a comprehensive range of geoscience courses in both the sciences and social sciences. Within the Faculty, the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is the scientific institute for sustainability research and education. The Institute seeks to contribute to the development of knowledge and techniques as well as methods and instruments in the field of sustainable development, taking note of, and actively taking part in, related social debates and policy processes.

The Chair is positioned in the Energy & Resources (E&R) group of the Copernicus Institute. The group (of about 60 members) has a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere and has led international research in sustainable energy systems over the past decades. The successful appointee will further develop the already historically strong field of systems analysis 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.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on: or +31 20 2404 374. Applications can be uploaded at:  quoting reference 3080. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Friday 1st September 2017.

Utrecht University strives for diversity in the staff. Therefore we explicitly invite female and foreign candidates to apply.

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