R&D Energy and Climate Strategy - Societal Aspects


EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Belgian research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. For EnergyVille, VITO is looking for a driven and experienced R&D Energy and Climate Strategy.


Our energy system is undergoing a fundamental transition and end-users and other stakeholders undoubtedly play a role in that process. As part of an interdisciplinary team, we make use of integrated energy system analysis to collate knowledge from a variety of fields (technical, economic and socio-scientific) and to make it available for the purpose of policy-making and strategy development. With this position, we are seeking an expert to strengthen our team who has experience in the social aspects of the energy system, especially end-user behaviour, end-user participation, technology acceptance and investment behaviour. Interested to contribute? Read on!

  • As an expert, you will support the development of Flemish and European energy and climate policy, focusing on the role of social stakeholders within the energy system.
  • You will work in a team, but will also carry out research projects independently and will be able to identify routes for new developments.
  • You apply behavioural-economic frameworks to the energy transition, ranging from user-centred tariff-design to econometric and statistical modelling.
  • You actively expand your knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy policy on the basis of literature, courses and on-the-job experience. Within your area of expertise, you will actively follow the trends and studies carried out by other research institutions and universities.
  • You contribute to the writing of tenders and research proposals, assist with seeking out funding opportunities for proposals, and undertake projects on a national and international level focusing on the further development of the existing models.
  • You report the results of research to our clients (Flemish and European) and to the scientific community.


  • You hold a Master’s degree or a PhD in a relevant subject.
  • You are familiar with the conceptual frameworks related to user behaviour and socio-technical and societal system innovation.
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods (surveys, interviews, stakeholder participation) and stakeholder and multi-criteria analysis, and you are able to easily establish links with quantitative methods.
  • You have an excellent style of writing that you apply in research reports and peer-reviewed publications, but are also able to translate results into usable policy advice.
  • You are a flexible team player with strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in English (verbal and written). Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage.

Are you passionate about international energy and climate policy? Are you eager to grasp different ideas and detect relevant research questions with your multidisciplinary team? Do you like to take initiative in identifying client-oriented, creative routes for new development? Then do not hesitate and take your chance!

  • With us you have real impact, because together with your outstanding, helpful colleagues you look for innovative applications that offer an answer to today's challenges.
  • You will be part of an organization where we show integrity and always strive for mutual benefit in the cooperation with all parties involved.
  • VITO/EnergyVille is truly international: 40 different nationalities work for us.
  • If you are tired of commuting, you have come to the right place. We work ‘activity based’. You can work from home, work remotely at one of our satellite offices depending on the needs of the activity.
  • You will learn life-long and develop your technical skills further by using the newest of the latest technologies that you can test on the market yourself.
  • We stand behind the agile working methods for 100%.
  • You get the time to get to the bottom of things
  • And we also consider work-life balance to be of paramount importance at VITO! We do this by being flexible depending on your specific needs.

So: do you want to combine your family with a challenging job? Apply!