Phd in development of next generation asset valuation tools and methods for current and future sustainable infrastructural assets – as part of a EU project NRG Storage
The PhD candidate will take part in the EU financed project NRG-Storage 'Integrated porous cementitious nanocomposites in non-residential building envelopes for green active/passive energy storage'
- Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Traditional LCC (Life Cycle Costing) models try to provide insight into the costs of (infrastructure) assets through quantifying the costs of the different life phases of the construction (1. Design and construction, 2. Maintenance during functional life, and 3. End of life - depreciation, repair and or demolition phase). Current TCO (Total Costs of Ownership) models, based on so-called LCV (Life Cycle Valuing) principles, go a step further by also determining the economic (residual) value of constructions over time. These types of models are especially useful for the owner or manager (asset manager), but provide little to no insight into the value of the construction for society and environment. LCV models should therefore be further expanded to also include environmental value assessments as the environmental footprint of structures are becoming increasingly important in our society. For example, requirements for new constructions are already set with regard to environmental impact in the form of the use of finite raw materials and the emission of harmful substances. Circular use of raw materials and elements (semi-finished products) is generally seen as a way to decrease the environmental footprint of structures as this practice reduces the need of primary raw materials and emissions of harmful substances to the environment. In part, the environmental impact of products can now be quantified using LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) methods, but these are as yet not suitable for properly determining the environmental value of circular reusable products. Circular building therefore potentially increases the social value of assets, but the question is how these can be realized in practice. The problem of the current asset manager is the lack of suitable valuation models that can quantify the costs, the economic value, the sustainability, and the social value of assets in their full circularity. The specific task of the PhD candidate within this project is therefore to develop and validate the proposed 'next generation' asset valuation management 'Total Cost for Society (TCM)' tool, using quantitative methods such as NPSV (net present societal valuing). The TCM tool comprises the classic LCC (life cycle costing) and LCA (life cycle assessment) methods and integrates novel LCV (life cycle valuing) and specifically LCCV (life cycle circularity valuing) concepts to provide the asset manager with a society-inclusive asset valuing tool. The TCS tool is specifically suitable for making socially balanced investment decisicons. The domain of applications will be both buildings and infrastructural assets.
The candidate should have experience with life cycle engineering, mathematical modelling of engineering systems, and have a background in engineering or econometrics (or applied mathematics).
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an offical go/no-go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2325 per month in the first year to € 2972 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
We offer a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For information about this vacancy you can contact Dr. Maria Nogal, Dr. Henk Jonkers or Prof. Rogier Wolfert, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +31 15 27 86636.
To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter of motivation, your graduate transcipts, proof of English language skills and an abstract of your MSc thesis, compiled into a single pdf file named 'CiTG20.40_YourLastname.pdf by June 15, 2020 to email@example.com. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG20.40 Please note that applications will not be processed if all documents required are not compiled into a single pdf document.
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