(English) Junior researcher international climate policy analysis

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 5 jaar
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €3.045 - €4.848
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 25 september Nog 1 dag
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 23-032
  • Plaatsingsdatum 2 september 2023
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


We are looking for a junior researcher contributing to the analysis of international climate policy, mostly at the scale of major emitting countries. The activities are part of the ELEVATE project funded under the Horizon Europe research programme.

As our new colleague you will play a role in providing policy and scenario analysis focused at mitigation action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and tracking climate action and progress towards targets at the national level. The analysis is done using the IMAGE modelling framework, with a focus on the energy system. The research also consists of analyzing and comparing the results of mitigation scenarios from IMAGE and other model teams. Therefore, you are also expected to collaborate with research teams and researchers from Europe and countries worldwide.

You will become part of our IMAGE research team. The IMAGE model is a key instrument of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for scenario analysis of global environmental change and climate change in relation to human development (https://www.pbl.nl/en/image). The energy model of IMAGE simulates the global energy system at the level of 26 world regions and countries and explores mitigation scenarios to prevent climate change. Its results are frequently used in international assessments such as those by IPCC.

We are looking for a colleague who enjoys working in a team and has strong analytical skills. Preferably you have experience in using models to explore research questions related to climate change. In particular, you will contribute to scenario studies and energy analysis, and you will be encouraged to publish in scientific publications.

  • you have an MSc in energy analysis, climate policy, environmental sciences or economics, or a related study in the natural sciences, with a proven affinity with climate change and energy;
  • you have a demonstrable quantitative understanding of climate policy and are interested in the development of climate policy in the context of the Paris Agreement;
  • you are familiar with the energy system and mitigation of greenhouse gases;
  • you have experience applying models and developing model code (ideally Python);
  • you have experience with quantitative analysis and strong analytical skills, and you are fast and flexible in becoming familiar with new skills;
  • you are skilled in communicating your findings through presentations, policy studies and articles, have excellent English language skills, and can represent the IMAGE team in an international setting;
  • you have experience conducting your own work and function well as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Maand­salaris Min €3.045 Max. €4.848 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 5 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB, you make choices that are right for you, and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you could opt to receive part of your monthly salary at a date of your choosing. You could also use the budget to purchase additional leave, or vice versa, or spend it on tax-efficient purchases. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers a wide range of options to achieve that. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness, a full compensation of your public transport expenses for your commute and partially paid parental leave.

A good landing in the organisation is very important to us. In your introduction period, a direct colleague will be your first point of contact in the period in which you get acquainted with the organization, next to your manager. PBL has an introduction programme for new employees which focuses on the role and position of the agency, our working methods and the work culture.

Note that a basic understanding of Dutch language will be required and if necessary, you will be offered training to acquire this.


  • for more information about the application procedure, please call Ellen van Tongeren, HRM advisor, on +31 6-11499768;
  • information about the content of the function: Detlef van Vuuren on +316-11956484;
  • we look forward to your letter of application including a Curriculum Vitae that describes your motivation and qualifications;
  • after the closing date the vacancy text is no longer visible online. Therefore we recommend you to download and save the vacancy text.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The Department of Climate, Air and Energy (KLE) analyses the effects of climate change, air pollution and energy issues on society. Looking at every scale — national, European and global — it carries out assessments of policies, both proposed and already in place, on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change, combat air pollution, and realize a sustainable energy supply. It also studies scientific, economic and governance aspects of societal developments. This work is often based on integral quantitative analyses using various calculation models and a systems approach.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is administratively part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of environment, nature and spatial planning. We contribute to improving the quality of political and administrative decision-making by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is considered paramount. Policy relevance is the prime concern in all our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is always independent and scientifically sound. PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency believes that employees perform best in an inclusive working environment. Working in diverse teams makes our work more innovative and enjoyable.

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Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Detlef van Vuuren


Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Ellen van Tongeren

+31 6-11499768


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