TIMES energy systems modeler at TNO, The Netherlands

The Energy Transition department of TNO, formerly the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), has a vacancy for a position as

TIMES energy systems modeler

who can assist in building a new TIMES-EU model, maintaining the global TIAM-ECN model, and supporting decision-making for a low-carbon energy transition at the European and global level.


The candidate particularly contributes to the development and analysis of long-term energy system scenarios under stringent climate change constraints and varying assumptions regarding energy technology deployment. The main tool is the TIMES modelling framework, with which the candidate is expected to work for the majority of his/her time. Ideally the candidate is in the possession of a PhD, or is close to completing a PhD dissertation, preferably with prior TIMES experience, and has a strong affinity with quantitative energy analysis and modeling.

In addition to scenario analysis, the work includes quantitative techno-economic analysis for specific energy technologies and innovation processes, and focuses on the role of major drivers for cost reductions required for the broad diffusion of innovative low-carbon energy technologies. The scenario modelling work is applied in research projects for notably the European Commission, as well as in strategic advisory work for international institutions and policy makers across the world.


  • Proactively develop and maintain TIMES-based models, and apply them in diverse projects;
  • Carry out projects in a multi-disciplinary team of energy transition researchers;
  • Coordinate work with an international network of scientists studying energy and climate policy;
  • Publish and disseminate research results to an international audience of energy experts;
  • Interact with academia, as well as with representatives from public and private sectors;
  • Formulate new research subjects and participate in the acquisition of future projects.


  • Excellent academic record in the natural, economic, and/or environmental sciences;
  • Demonstrable expertise in integrated assessment and/or energy systems modelling;
  • Affinity with quantitative policy analysis in the field of energy technology innovation;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of energy and environmental policy, especially related to climate change;
  • Ability to work in a team, manage multiple priorities, take initiative, and deliver under deadlines;
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel and preferably extensive experience with other data analysis tools and environments (e.g. Python, QGIS, R, Matlab).

We offer an inspiring, multicultural and informal working environment, with ample room for own initiative and growth. Applications from all nationalities are considered.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Bob van der Zwaan (bob.vanderzwaan@tno.nl). Applications can be sent to him by email, and should include a motivation letter and curriculum vitae with publication list and contact details of two references.