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PhD candidate in the area of “Simulating Future Charging Needs of Electric Mobility” (0,8 fte)

Geplaatst: 10-09-2019
Sluitingsdatum: 08-10-2019
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Noord-Holland) 
Onderzoek / Lector 
min. 0.8 fte, max. 0.8 fte 
max. 9 (€2.769,32 - €3.815,57) 


Within the Urban Technology research programme of the AUAS, the research group Energy and Innovation has built up strong expertise in the field of electric mobility and related charging infrastructure. This PhD position will be part of a recently awarded four year project proposal called ‘Future Charging’, which focuses on understanding future charging needs in light of the fast-growing pool of electric vehicles in the Netherlands. The project is a follow-up of the completed IDOlaad project (www.idolaad.nl). Future Charging distinguishes itself by focusing more on simulations, assessing impact of charging on energy networks, and targeting specific target groups (including charging infrastructure for taxis and sharing schemes).You will be involved in setting up and carrying out doctoral research, which will lead to a dissertation and a doctoral degree. As a PhD researcher you are responsible for translating questions from practitioners to academic research. In practice you will be responsible for further developing an state-of-the-art (agent-based) simulation model, to include more target groups, more types of charging solutions and to run a set of simulation studies to explore future growth scenarios and impacts for municipalities and companies in the sector. You will select and incorporate relevant scientific disciplines to the project, and present your work in academic and professional fora and disseminate knowledge to professionals in the field by means of, for example, reports and blogs. Additionally, you will supervise student internships/graduation projects. Alongside your work, you will take part in postgraduate education in the context of the doctoral education program at Delft University of Technology.The desired start date for the candidate is 1 November 2019.Within this project we work together with the Delft University of Technology, which will provide the promotor for this project. Professor Robert van den Hoed (AUAS) will act as co-promotor.


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You will be stationed at the Urban Technology department of the AUAS. Urban Technology is a multi-disciplinary research programme at the Faculty of Technology, and one of the AUAS’ five priority areas. Our applied scientific research centers on forging creative solutions and sustainable innovations to contemporary urban challenges in the field of sustainability, specifically: mobility and logistics, energy, circularity and the built environment. We connect to real issues affecting the city of Amsterdam (and surroundings) and the professional field, and strive for concrete, scalable solutions. By means of applied research, we wish to strengthen innovation capacity in the related field and Amsterdam metropolitan region. Within Urban Technology, we host 7 research groups with approximately 100 researchers.

Functie eisen

As a successful applicant you are proficient in English, preferably with professional fluency in Dutch (speaking and writing), and have:
  • a MSc degree in the area of computer science, innovation studies, technology and management, operations research, industrial engineering, mathematics or a closely related field;
  • strong analytical and mathematical skills;
  • good programming skills in for example R, SQL or Python;
  • capable of translating questions from practice into scientific study;
  • strong communication and teamwork skills;
  • an affinity with sustainability issues;
  • having worked with students or having contributed to higher education courses is considered a pre.


Depending on your specific qualifications and experience, a full-time position of a PhD student has a maximum salary of €3.726,-  gross per month (salary scale 9, Cao HBO).Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) offers an extensive package of secondary employment benefits, including an 8% vacation allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. Our AUAS Academy offers outstanding study and development opportunities, and we encourage and support our employees to continuously foster their professional development.We offer an initial contract for one year, to be extended by three years (the end of the Phd trajectory).  

Contact informatie

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Does this position sound like a good fit for your personal and professional qualities? If so, we would like to hear from you. For content-related questions about the vacancy, you can reach out to Rick Wolbertus at r.wolbertus@hva.nl . 
Questions about the application process can be directed to vacatures@hva.nl.More information about Urban Technology is available here (in Dutch): https://www.hva.nl/urban-technology . Information about the Faculty of Technology (in Dutch): http://www.hva.nl/techniek/.Application process
Click on the link at the bottom of this vacancy to apply online. Applications that are sent directly to the contact person, or by any means other than the online application procedure, will not be processed.This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In the event of equivalent suitability, internal candidates will be given preference over external candidates.
In the recruitment and selection process to fill this vacancy, we apply the AUAS Job Application Code.
No canvassing, please.

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