PhD in Governance of Artificial Intelligence in The Energy Transition

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in artificial intelligence. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

Your PhD project is embedded in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). TU/e is one of the world's leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement). It is in particular wellknown for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies).

Within TU/e's Department IE&IS you will be affiliated with the research group Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS). The TIS group of the School of Innovation Sciences is an ambitious, international group. Our research focuses on understanding the development and use of technology in a societal context. Our staff teaches in the BSc program ‘Sustainable Innovation’, and the MSc program ‘Innovation Sciences’, as well as in university-wide programs for engineering students.

The department of IE&IS has a strong national and international reputation for both basic research in the academic community and applied research with industry. You will have the opportunity to profit from the benefits that such an environment has to offer and to contribute to the ongoing research.

The Dutch government wants a sustainable energy transition. Such a transition requires energy savings, a much greater use of renewable energy, and a further electrification of society. Due to the increasing integration of renewable energy into the energy supply, flexibility and efficiency are becoming increasingly important. Further digitization of the energy system can contribute to this. This brings two major developments together: the sustainable energy transition and the digital transition.

It is expected that through digitization the energy system can be made more responsive. We speak of smart energy networks (smart grids) and the emergence of the Internet of Energy (IoE). Artificial intelligence (AI) will play an important role in the IoE. The role of AI can be described as the brain behind the future IoE, the control center behind millions of sensors and the ability to analyze and use huge data flows. At present, the potential of AI is being investigated and tested in many areas, but not yet fully exploited. AI can for example be used to better predict production or energy demand.

The convergence of the digital transition and the desired energy transition raises all kinds of social and governance questions. The current governance system is not yet equipped for the developments mentioned. The challenge is to adjust the governance system in such a way that the well-known public goals from the energy domain - affordability, reliability, sustainability and safety - are achieved and, secondly, various public values that can come under pressure from digitization, like privacy, safety, autonomy and fair economic competition, will be safeguarded.

You, as a successful applicant, will engage with the research project mainly by following a qualitative research approach.

Centrally, you want to put your brains and heart to work for understanding and contributing to impactful, responsible and democratic innovations for our world. You love to learn, analyze, write and make a difference. The ideal advanced student for this program will have a strong, demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced study in technology- and policy-related fields, with a high level of accomplishment in their Master’s level study.

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

We ask candidates to apply before the deadline of September 16, 2019. Planned starting date is between the 1st of November 2019 and the 1st of February 2020.

To apply please use the "apply for this job" button for this job. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.

For further information about the research project, please contact Rinie van Est (q.c.v.est[at] or prof. dr. ir. Geert Verbong (g.p.j.verbong[at]

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Ms. Kim van Puijenbroek, the HR advisor (pz.ieis[at]

Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at


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