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Postdoc Job in UT, Netherlands – Developing New Materials, Electrolysis – Oct 2021

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University of Twente (UT) invites applications for Postdoc job at STePS group to explore socio-technical pathways towards sustainable chemicals that are based on electricity from renewables at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS), the Netherlands – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 23, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 3408 EURO/Month

STePS Group
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
University of Twente (UT)

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Qualification Details

  • A completed PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, History, or related field;
  • Knowledge in environmental science, lifecycle assessment methodology, (history of) chemistry, the energy sector, responsible research and innovation is an asset;
  • Methodological experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Experience with organizing workshops and engaging with partners;
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by academic publications and presentations at international conferences;
  • Good command of Dutch language is an asset;
  • Good skills in managing your time and your research activities.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Are you keen to explore socio-technical pathways towards sustainable chemicals that are based on electricity from renewables and to contribute in an enthusiast and interdisciplinary team to the responsible development of new technologies? Then this position could be something for you!

You will:

  • explore socio-technical implications and conditions for the electrified production of chemicals and fuels and specific application scenarios from a science, technology, and innovation studies perspective;
  • study mutual relations with changes in related sectors;
  • organize partner workshops and conduct professional interviews;
  • integrate insights from an environmental and social lifecycle perspective in the assessment of design choices, application perspectives and scenarios;
  • critically analyze past and present visions related to an electrification of the chemical industry;
  • develop socio-technical scenarios;
  • collaborate closely in an interdisciplinary team of researchers from science, and technology studies, history of science, environmental science, and nanotechnology;
  • coordinate parts of the project work;
  • (co-)author academic publications and contributions to conferences.

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Documents Required

You can apply for this position before October 24, 2021 by clicking the ‘apply now’ button below.

Please include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least 2 academic references.

About the Project

New types of electrochemical processes and electrolysis are expected to enable a transition towards the sustainable production of ‘green’ chemicals based on electricity from renewables. This project will explore possible socio-technical configurations and pathways for selected applications of new electrochemical processes (such as bio-oil upgrading, synthesis of common chemical compounds, wastewater recycling). Furthermore, it will assess the environmental and societal implications of the choice of materials involved, such as electro-catalysts, electrolyser materials and produced compounds, that will be developed in a closely linked project. The project takes a long-term perspective by not only scrutinizing present application scenarios and anticipating potential future pathways, but also extending our perspective into the recent past, learning from challenges and failures in preceding innovation trajectories. Further points of attention will be challenges and opportunities for the embedding of the envisaged applications in neighboring sectors, such as the chemical industry, energy generation or wastewater treatment, multi-sector settings and directions for more decentralized processes.

The project aims to develop societally viable and responsible electrochemical processes and applications that can contribute to ‘greening’ the chemical industry in the Netherlands and beyond. For this, the project connects approaches from constructive technology assessment and lifecycle thinking. Moreover, it will be interlinked with ongoing electrochemical research, mutually adjusting research agendas and reflecting on implications for design.

This ‘responsible research and innovation’ project is funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and closely linked to a project aimed at developing new materials and processes for electrolysis powered by renewable electricity ( photo- and electro-catalysts by SOLID STATE METAL DEWETTING/). Both projects are part of a broader Dutch research programme on ‘Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) - Towards a CO2-neutral energy supply in 2050”. For more information see

About the Department

The STePS group focuses on science, technology and innovation studies and is part of the department of Technology, Policy, Society (TPS), which includes groups in the philosophy of science and technology, environmental and energy systems, higher education studies, health technology and care. We assess the role of science and technology in social change, studying the past and anticipating the future. We work towards better governance of knowledge and innovation, addressing major societal challenges.

We seek researchers that further strengthen our committed team with new ideas and methodologies, that improve our project performance and visibility in our academic and policy communities!

About the Employer: University of Twente (UT)


You will be appointed for 3 years (with outlook on a tenured position), within a very stimulating scientific environment.

  • You will receive a salary between €3408,- and €4474,- gross per month, depending on your work experience;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8,3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs.

Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU).

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Contact details

For questions, please contact Kornelia Konrad ( or Marco Altomare (


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