Postdoctoral researcher

Ghent University
March 05, 2023
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→ Apply before 05/03/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time) → Faculty of Law and Criminology → Department: RE22 - Europees, Publiek- en Internationaal Recht → Occupancy rate:70% → Number of positions: 1 → Type of employment: Contract of limited duration → Term of assignment: 2 jaar → Wage scale: PD1 to PD4 (doctoral degree) → Required diploma: PhD


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

About the research team

The research team 'energy law' of the University of Ghent consists of 11 researchers, including 4 PhD students, and is led by Prof. Dr. Frederik Vandendriessche. In addition to the PhD students, the research team includes a number of part-time project staff and voluntary staff. Our research activities include offshore wind energy, demand side management, local energy communities, energy efficiency of buildings, heat networks…

About the research project

Can we use the energy from sun and wind to make renewable molecules at sea and how do we prove that hydrogen is really green? With MuSe (Molecules at Sea) we want to explore the opportunities for producing and important renewable molecules, such as hydrogen, methanol and methane, from offshore energy production as we know it from wind or solar parks.

Your research is part of work package 6 of MuSe and concerns the certification of (renewable) hydrogen and other green molecules. Not only at the EU level, but also in various EU Member States, governments and companies are already taking initiatives to support and enable the swift roll-out of (imported) CO2-friendly molecules. In particular, a standardized comprehensive legal framework for hydrogen is crucial to form a single a single liquid and competitive market for green molecules in Central Western Europe. Moreover, the Belgian government intends to explore cooperation between the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France to establish international and European standards for the certification and trade of renewable molecules..

The project has a duration of 3 years with an additional 1 year industrial financing (still to be obtained), which should allow to complete a doctoral research in 4 years. The MuSe project is mainly financed by the ETF (Energy Transition Fund). The ETF's mission is to encourage and support energy research, development and innovation within the federal energy competences (including renewable energies in the North Sea, biofuels, nuclear energy applications, security of supply and grid balancing).


  • You investigate the legal framework for hydrogen and green molecules, with a special focus on the certification of (green) hydrogen and other green molecules.
  • You assist the ‘energy law' research team with the fulfillment of various research and teaching tasks.

  • You hold a doctorate in law with a specialization in energy law or you plan to defend your PhD in the near future.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of international and European law.
  • Experience and familiarity with Belgian (energy) law is a plus.
  • You are a team player.
  • You are fluent in English (both spoken and written).
  • Knowledge of the Dutch and French language is a plus.

  • We offer you a part-time contract (max. 70%) of definite duration for the period of two years.
  • Your contract will start on 1/05/2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1 to PD4 (you hold a doctorate). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

    Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

    Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV' : your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter' : your application letter in pdf format.
  • In the field ‘Diploma' : a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: a research plan (max. 5 pages), an overview of your study results.
  • Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

    As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


    For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Frederik Vandendriessche ([email protected], +32(0)4 72 71 40 76). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

    Do you have a question regarding the online application process? Please read our FAQ or contact helpdesk ([email protected] - tel. 09/264 98 98)

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