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Researcher modelling future energy systems

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 2 jaar met mogelijke velenging met 1 jaar
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.737 - €4.400
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 17 augustus Nog 12 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 2020-186
  • Plaatsingsdatum 29 juli 2020
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague is looking for a highly motivated researcher contributing to the application and development of IMAGE’s energy system.

The IMAGE model is a key instrument of PBL for scenario analyses of global environmental change in relation to future development of consumption and production of food and energy. Regarding energy, model research focuses on possible development of energy demand and supply in relation to climate change, development and air pollution. The model assesses the development of scenarios without climate policy, but mostly focuses on mitigation strategies consistent with the Paris Agreement as well as the impact of existing policies.

As a researcher you will specifically be involved in scenario analysis with a focus on the representation of energy demand. For this you will work together with other researchers of the IMAGE model team, and with partners at Utrecht University. You will participate in two European projects (NAVIGATE and ENGAGE). You are expected to (co-)publish your work both in PBL reports and peer reviewed journals.


  • You have an MSc in energy system analysis, environmental sciences or a related study.
  • You have strong analytical skills and you are fast and flexible in becoming familiar with new skills.
  • You have experience with analysing large, often spatially explicit, datasets.
  • You are able to read and modify model code (ideally Python) and you are familiar (or willing to become familiar) with integrated assessment and economic modelling.
  • You are conversant with the energy system and climate change, and you have a demonstrable quantitative understanding of these issues at the global scale.
  • The position demands good writing skills in English and requires that you publish, on modelling the global agriculture, food and environment system.
  • You have experience with conducting your own research, but you also work well as part of a team.


  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Maand­salaris Min €2.737 Max. €4.400 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 2 jaar met mogelijke velenging met 1 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

In addition to the salary, you receive a so-called individual choice budget (ICB). The ICB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. You can use the ICB to make the choices that suit your preferences and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you can opt to have part of your monthly income paid out at a date of your choosing. You can also convert this budget into leave — and the other way round — or spend it on tax-friendly causes. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers numerous opportunities to achieve this. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness training, full reimbursement of your costs of commuting by public transport, and partially paid parental leave.

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 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.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

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 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 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 prof. dr. D.P. van Vuuren

06 - 19 95 64 84

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Mevrouw drs. A.A. Lamein

06 - 11 71 53 02


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