Post-doc in Green Economy (GLAMURS Project)
TU Delft

Department/faculty: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: PhD degree (post doc)
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 1 year
Salary: €3,037 to €3,831 per month gross

Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management contributes to sustainable solutions for technical challenges in society by combining the insights from engineering with the humanities and the social sciences.

The Department of Engineering Systems and Services (ESS) aims to confront the challenges associated with the shaping, engineering, design and use of successful systems and services by capturing the interactions between the social and technical dimensions. Important application areas are infrastructure systems and services. The department develops theories, methods and tools for designing, engineering, evaluation, and operation of complex systems and services; at the same time ESS designs policies, institutions and governance regimes to shape their transition and operation.

The Energy and Industry section focuses on the Grand Energy Challenge. It is well recognised that energy (electricity, gas, heat, etc.) and associated industry (chemical, agriculture, etc.) have a vast impact on the proper functioning of our society. At the same time, however, the energy and industry supply and systems are subject to a plethora of technical, social, governance and environmental changes that alter or threaten its proper functioning. The energy and industry system focuses on two domains roughly indicated as the system configuration/design (e.g. evolution, networks, markets) and the system operation (e.g. smart grids and user and consumer influences). The section's profile is profoundly rooted in quantitative (social) sciences and engineering sciences.

Job description

The post-doc will work for the EU funded GLAMURS (Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability) project. The aim of this project is to develop a theoretically-based and empirically-grounded understanding of the main obstacles and prospects for transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy in Europe, as well as of the most effective means to support and accelerate them. Transitions require addressing the demand side, re-evaluating growth models and finding appropriate ways to realise lifestyle changes and economic paradigm shifts. The result will be the development, testing and assessing of several integrated pathways for transitions to a low-carbon Europe. GLAMURS will develop theory, models and integrated policy packages for cost-effective and socially-empowering mechanisms for transformations to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy.
At TUD-TPM, backcasting, vision and pathway workshops will be coordinated, and a regional case study will be conducted in the Rotterdam-Delft-the Hague region. The case includes in-depth research of bottom-up grassroots innovation initiatives (like renewable energy cooperatives and urban agriculture), and will look into prosumer issues, urban living lab characteristics, and lifestyle aspects. The post-doc will be engaged in participatory research (backcasting workshops), qualitative, in-depth research and quantitative lifestyle surveys. Results will be fed into modelling work.


The post-doc candidate we are seeking needs to meet the following requirements:
  • A PhD relevant for the position in an interdisciplinary field such as Innovation, Transition or Technology Studies, Sustainability Studies, Environmental Sciences, Industrial Ecology or another field related to System Engineering Governance and Policy Analysis.
  • Experience/knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and participatory methods
  • Interest in socio-technical systems, sustainable innovation, and modelling
  • Good skills in writing and speaking English
  • Skills in speaking and writing Dutch are desirable
  • Excellent social and communication skills.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position or to apply, please contact Jaco Quist, phone: +31 (0)15-2785584, email: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, a letter stating why the proposed research position interests you, a list of publications (if applicable), names and addresses of two to three reference persons, and all other information that might be relevant to your application. Please submit your application by 30 August 2014 to
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM14.016.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

Department/faculty: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: PhD degree (post doc)
Hours per week: 38
Location: Delft
Contract: 1 year
Salary: €3,037 to €3,831 per month gross
Closing date: 30-08-2014
Vacancy nr. ATTBM14.016

For more information about this job, please contact Jaco Quist, Assistant Professor.
T +31 (0)15-2785584


vacature geplaatst op 23 Aug 2014 door TU Delft



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