Tenure Track Assistant Professor Materials and the Energy Transition

The Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society group (IREES) is looking for a tenure track assistant professor who will strengthen the research and teaching related to the role of materials and rare earth minerals in the Energy Transition.

While Europe’s green energy transition reduces dependence on fossil fuels it also increases dependency on raw materials required for the construction of renewable energy infrastructure and technologies often imported from only a few countries and/or from politically unstable countries. This causes immense pressure on global supply chains and continued material extraction can lead to exhaustion and form new dependencies. This requires a wider view and extension of the system boundary of the technology along the entire global value chain toward places of resource extraction.

Research in this field addresses a wide range of topics such as material requirements for specific energy technologies, possibilities of substitution, vulnerabilities, and supply chain management. This might also include consideration of the dependency of local communities on economic and political activities related to resource extraction as well as negative impacts such as pollution, effects on biodiversity, traffic, noise, and public health implications. A further interesting avenue for research in this area is the possibilities of urban mining.


As Tenure Track Assistant Professor Materials and the Energy Transition, candidate will:

  • set up and develop their own research line and contribute to the research lines in the research group IREES (Integrated Research on Energy, Environment & Society)
  • supervise PhD students
  • acquire external funding
  • promote the societal relevance of their research
  • teach in and contribute to the development of their Energy and Environmental Sciences Master program
  • contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.
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Duration: 06 years


  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,974 up to a maximum of € 5,439 gross per month
  • a starting package of € 40k to travel, organize workshops, etc., as well as access to additional resources for education development projects
  • holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
  • a pension scheme
  • maternity and parental leave
  • the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
  • a personal development trajectory and a mentor program
  • dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Job Requirements

The position Tenure Track Assistant Professor Materials and the Energy Transition seek applicants with the following to apply:

  • a PhD degree in the field of Energy & Sustainability or a related field
  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of The Netherlands,
  • a relevant international network
  • excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
  • a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
  • cross-cultural sensitivity
  • a team player with good communication skills
  • demonstrable organizational competences
  • good command of spoken and written English
  • able to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment
  • able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources.

Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to submit a complete application including:

  • a cover letter in describing their motivation and qualifications for the position
  • a curriculum vitae, including a description of their teaching experience, a list of their publications and a list with names of references
  • a statement of their vision on teaching, in particular pertaining to developments in their field, and what they would like to accomplish in the degree programmes
  • a description of their scientific interest and plans.
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Deadline: August 30, 2023.

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