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Vacancy | PhD position in the field of Economics of Hydrogen Markets (1.0 FTE) (219480)

Datum:26 september 2019


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SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the Faculty of Economics and Business offers a PhD position in the field of “Economics of Hydrogen Markets”.

Job description

This PhD position is meant to contribute to the economic analysis of markets for hydrogen. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as a potential energy carrier to heat buildings and produce electricity while it is also expected to become a major fuel in transport. In addition, hydrogen may play a role to help the electricity sector to deal with the increasing shares of renewable energy by offering flexibility regarding the timing and location of production. The potential of hydrogen as a key energy carrier has been analysed extensively from a technical-engineering perspective, but less attention has been paid to the design of markets for hydrogen.

The PhD candidate will focus mainly on a) the economic conditions for various forms of production, transportation and storage of various types of hydrogen, b) the willingness-to-pay of various groups of users (households, industry) for the green character of hydrogen, c) market failures in hydrogen markets and how these can be addressed by regulatory measures and d) an economic model of the integrated energy markets (hydrogen, electricity and natural gas) which can be used to perform scenario analysis, to analyse interactions between these markets and to assets effects of policy measures on market outcomes.

The PhD candidate will closely collaborate with the supervisors and other colleagues within the Centre for Energy Economics Research of the Faculty of Economics and Business and the research programme Economics, Econometrics and Finance, while the research will be guided by a sounding board with representatives from the Dutch gas industry which funds this research.


Applicants with a Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in Economics (in particular micro-economics with a quantitative focus) are invited to apply.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a gross salary per month of € 2,325 in the first year rising to € 2,972 per month in the fourth year
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE).

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

Starting date: 1 January 2020 at the latest


Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
1. a CV
2. a motivation letter (1A4 max)
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents.

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

You can submit your application until 3 October 11.59pm / before 4 October 2019 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Machiel Mulder (for more information on the project itself), machiel.mulder
  • For general information, somvacancies

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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