PhD in Social licence to operate smart/vehicle-to-grid charging

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 22 Jun 2023

13 May 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

22 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Delft University of Technology is hiring a doctoral candidate on the subject of social licence to operate smart charging of electric vehicles (EVs). The position is established within the faculty of Technology Policy and Management (TPM), department Engineering Systems and Services (ESS), more specifically in the Energy and Industry (E&I) section, where the research on energy system integration, industry and energy transitions and circular economy takes place.

The distributed fleet of parked and plugged-in EVs, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) compatible EVs, would be able to provide services to the grid in exchange for which EV drivers would be rewarded and/or financially compensated. The services provided by smart charging (demand response) and V2G would enable the integration of higher shares of variable renewable power plants and lower total cost of ownership of EVs.

However, besides technical feasibility of smart charging/V2G solutions, attention should be given to social acceptance by diverse user groups to increase acceptance and scalability. Therefore, social acceptance of smart/V2G charging remains a necessary prerequisite for further adoption and commercialisation of this technology. This PhD research project is aimed at investigating social acceptance and usage of smart charging and V2G technology as well as providing recommendations on how to increase the acceptance by diverse user groups. The Theory of Planned Behaviour will provide the first direction to build an agent-based model (ABM) for social licence to operate smart/vehicle-to-grid charging.

Specific Requirements

We are looking for candidates who:

- Have a background in an engineering or in a science domain demonstrated by a MSc degree in, for example, Complex Systems Engineering and Management, Sustainable Energy Technology, or a MSc in a relevant interdisciplinary programme;

- Have a fascination with electric mobility and its role in future energy systems

- Have experience on (ABM) system modelling and analysis;

- Have the affinity with energy transition problems;

- Are open minded, independent, self-motivated and eager to learn.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 22 June 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Zofia Lukszo ( ) and/or dr. Geeske Scholz ( )

For information about the application procedure, please contact Olivie Beek ( )

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Delft University of Technology
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2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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