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Internship 2020: energy transition in industry

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Werkplekken 6
  • Uren per week 36 - 40
  • Vergoeding €628
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 1 april Nog 1 dag
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 2019-349
  • Plaatsingsdatum 11 maart 2020
  • Dienst­verband Afstudeerstage / scriptie


Would you like to contribute to solving the climate change challenge? In this project, you play a key role in resolving one of the hardest problems that the Netherlands is facing in achieving its Paris Agreement targets: enabling a sustainable transition to zero emissions of its energy-intensive industry by 2050.

Open to masters students from:

  • Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences;
  • TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management;
  • Radboud University, Faculty of Science.

Other university master tracks can be considered on request.

MIDDEN is the Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network, developed and coordinated by PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) and ECN part of TNO. MIDDEN will be the knowledge exchange platform for the energy transition of the Dutch industry. It will be used to facilitate the 2019 Energy and Climate Agreement that is now implemented by the Dutch government with system integration studies and the development of industry roadmaps. MIDDEN will go deeper than other knowledge sources, and will be acknowledged as the shared source for industry, government, local authorities, technology suppliers and consultants. Dutch industries actively contribute to and benefit from MIDDEN.

For MIDDEN, PBL and ECN part of TNO are teaming up with Utrecht University, TU Delft and Radboud University to create a robust knowledge base for implementing the Paris Agreement in Dutch industry.

You will be intensively trained to analyse, derive and construct future decarbonisation pathways for specific industries on plant level. You will directly consult, under guidance, both companies and experts from TNO, PBL and universities on options for decarbonisation. Your scope will include process innovation, electrification, materials optimisation and circularity, carbon capture and utilisation, renewable energy and new energy infrastructures.

You will work in a team of MIDDEN students and researchers, but individually contribute to MIDDEN by examining at least two different industrial processes. The fixed duration of the MIDDEN internship is six months. During your internship you cooperate closely with supervisors from your university (postdoc level) and TNO/PBL industrial experts on an 80% (you) 20% (cooperation and guidance) basis. Moreover you will cooperate and exchange experiences with other MIDDEN interns and share training and evaluation sessions.

After successful completion of the process analyses you will receive a certificate of ‘MIDDEN expert’ and two years of access to MIDDEN events.


What we require is a background in process technology, chemistry or physics and an eager interest to both dive in the specifics and keep overview to select the information that matters. Mastering the English language and preferably also Dutch, communication skills and perseverance. The internship is suitable for a master thesis or master graduation research project, as it will have a strong research component.


  • Dienst­verband Afstudeerstage / scriptie
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 40


You will be based at PBL (The Hague) or ECN>TNO (Amsterdam), but may have to travel across the Netherlands for data collection. The general internship remuneration and conditions of ECN and PBL apply to the internship. You will possibly have to sign a confidentiality agreement. Anticipated starting date for new internships is March/April 2020, but later starting dates can be negotiated.


Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

PBL 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 believes that employees perform best in an inclusive working environment. Working in diverse teams makes our work more innovative and enjoyable. PBL is administratively part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The Department of Climate, Air and Energy analyses the effects of climate change, air pollution and energy scarcity 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 realise 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.

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.


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

De heer A.D. van Dam

06 - 11 929 063


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