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PhD position on Green Hydrogen Supply Chains

PhD position on Green Hydrogen Supply Chains

Irène Curie Fellowship
Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
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Job description

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been an important target for many countries in the last years. Hydrogen is expected to play a crucial role in achieving this target. The PhD will focus on the domestic and global green hydrogen supply chains and develop optimization models to i) identify viable business models for building the ecosystems for direct use of hydrogen, ii) exploit the potential of horizontal and vertical coordination of regional green hydrogen ecosystems and iii) identify the main driver and barriers to the development of green hydrogen valleys.

In this position you will be supervised by Zumbul Atan and Albert Schrotenboer. Zumbul, an associate professor, does research on supply chain management and revenue management with a particular emphasis on circularity. Albert, an assistant professor, is an expert on mathematical programming and AI-based decision-making. He has an extensive knowledge and expertise on hydrogen supply chain network design. 

Job requirements

  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) with excellent grades in Operations Research, (Applied) Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, or related field. A research master’s degree (e.g., MRes, MPhil) is not required; however, graduating from a program with solid research training will be considered a plus.
  • A strong mathematical background, including expertise in stochastic optimization (e.g. Markov decision theory and dynamic programming) and applied probability (Bayesian statistics).   
  • Excellent coding skills (e.g., in Java, Python, Julia, MATLAB).
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to be self-propelling and drive your own research.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

Eindhoven and its metropolitan area are the major hub of the technology sector in the Netherlands, collectively known as the Brainport region. Many global leaders in technology like ASML or Philips are based in the fastest growing region in the Netherlands. The School of Industrial Engineering and its faculty enjoys strong links with the local high-tech industry on all levels.


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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Brief research statement (max. 1.5 page) explaining your envisioned research direction related to the position in more detail, including a brief review of the literature you find relevant, the contributions you would like to make to this literature, and the research methods you would like to use.
  • Curriculum vitae (including the contact details of two academics from a relevant field which we may contact as a reference).
  • An academic paper (e.g., master thesis or article) that showcases your academic writing.
  • Complete list of courses taken within your educational programs and grades obtained.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.