Technical evaluation of PEM electrolysers

Closing Date
WorkplaceUtrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Faculty: Faculty of Science Department: Department of Chemistry Hours per week: 20 to 36 Application deadline:

We seek temporary researchers with transdisciplinary and self-starting research skills to work for a period of maximal half a year on the ’Rethink Hydrogen’ project.
The Rethink Hydrogen: A multidisciplinary Living Lab on large-scale green hydrogen production seeks to hire a researcher who can commit to (max) 4 days a week for a period of approximately 6 months in the second half of 2024.

Your job

One of the research positions is focused on the role of PEM electrolysers as a key technology in large scale offshore green hydrogen production and the (technical) challenges of upscaling this technology in harsh North Sea conditions.

As researcher you will support the transdisciplinary ’Rethink Hydrogen’ team, by performing research on energy-system and/or technical aspects of large off-shore hydrogen production. The research outputs and outcomes are input for the Hydrogen Living Lab and collaboration with the HKU. We seek creative and critical thinkers with excellent research- and teamwork skills with interest in the ’green’ hydrogen value chain and related economic, societal and environmental challenges and opportunities. The positions are ideal for researchers who are preparing for, or extending, a PhD trajectory.

Your responsibilities will be as follows:

  • developing and elaborating on draft research questions and methods;
  • conducting a (literature) study on the impact of the harsh North Sea conditions and fluctuating energy input of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) on dynamic operation of PEM electrolyser, lifetime, and related impacts;
  • co-organisation of workshops with the Rethink Hydrogen team.

Your qualities

We are looking for an enthusiastic junior researcher who meets several or all of the following criteria:

  • a master’s degree in a subject relevant to the researcher position e.g. energy systems, chemistry or physics;
  • the ability to review and analyse literature from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • a professional attitude and behavior that includes reliability, a pro-active mindset, integrity, precision, good communication skills and collegiality;
  • being pro-active and self-starting in developing research approaches and in grasping opportunities for the Living Lab.

Relevant extracurricular projects that show independent critical research skills would be a plus.

Our offer

We offer:

  • a temporary job for 6 months;
  • an interesting research team and project;
  • a working week between 20 and 36 hours and a full-time gross salary between ¤2.618,- and ¤3.298,- (salary scale 6, 7, 8 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU));
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development , leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University .

About us

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes . Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow .

At the Faculty of Science there are six departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. More fundamental still are the individual research groups - the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

You will work within the department Pathways to Sustainability in cooperation with the UU faculty of Beta Sciences

See for team members: Rethink Hydrogen - Pathways to Sustainability - Utrecht University (

More information

For more information, please contact to Udeke Huiskamp at

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to .

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the "apply now" button. Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • Optional: the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

Applications (in English) are welcome.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

The application deadline is 30 June 2024.

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 17534.