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PhD Candidate: Using Life Cycle Assessment for Technological Innovation

One of the major challenges LCA practitioners are regularly faced with is a lack of inventory data. A particular and relevant case of lack of data is the …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Comeniuslaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2840 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

One of the major challenges LCA practitioners are regularly faced with is a lack of inventory data. A particular and relevant case of lack of data is the assessment of emerging technologies. New technologies are generally developed in the laboratory and in pilot installations. Potential environmental effects identified for these stages are unlikely to be good representations of the environmental assessment and comparison of technologies in the early development stages (innovations), which account for differences between lab data and large-scale implementation in a scientifically sound way. These guidelines should take into account size scaling effects as well as technological learning and uncertainties arising from the use of different processes and materials in labs versus industrial production.

The PhD project is funded by the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research TNO and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Functie-eisen

As a PhD Candidate:
- you hold an MSc degree in one of the environmental, natural or engineering sciences;
- you have experience with environmental modelling;
- important selection criteria are: commitment, analytical skills, modelling skills and communication skills;
- you have a good command of written English.

Conditions

- you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
- you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (Promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO)
the gross starting salary amounts to €2,222 per month, and will increase to €2,840 in the fourth year (P scale)

Additional information

Mara Hauck
mara.hauck@tno.nl

Prof dr. M. Huijbregts
m.huijbregts@science.ru.nl

Radboud University

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities. Faculty of Science As a PhD Candidate you will be appointed at the Department of Environmental Science, which is embedded in the Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Faculty of Science. The main focus of the Environmental Science group is on quantifying, understanding and predicting human impacts on the environment. To that end, we employ a variety of research methods, including process-based modelling, meta-analyses, field studies and lab work. In our research we cover multiple stressors, species and spatial scales, searching for overarching principles that can ultimately be applied to better underpin environmental management and biodiversity conservation.
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.

Department of Climate, Air and Sustainability (TNO)
The Department of Climate, Air and Sustainability has three focus areas: 1) Energy planning and greenhouse gas (and other air pollutant) emissions 2) Air quality modelling and 3) sustainability which is generally approached from a life cycle perspective. Our life cycle expertise is centred around the chemical industry and infrastructures. We work closely together with technological research departments and companies.
TNO’s mission and driving force is to connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. TNO was founded by law in 1932 to enable business and government to apply knowledge. As an organisation regulated by public law, it is independent: not part of any government, university or company.


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