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Postdoctoral fellow, Early-stage quantitative sustainability assessment of emerging technologies

The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow, Early-stage quantitative sustainability assessment of emerging technologies

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Einsteinweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to support a recently granted FET-Open project. Such pioneering projects support the early-stages of the science & technology and research & innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. The project will focus on the development of a new generation of protonic devices, which could radically change the technological landscape. The 21st century has seen an unprecedented proliferation of electronic devices, sharply altering the world economic map and human sociological behavior. Despite such a fascinating progress in electronics, viable proton-based devices are yet to be developed, although nature has given us efficient and intrinsically sustainable biological systems that are fundamentally protonic. A biomimetic solution is being sought in the project by the development of organic electrochemical transistors and proton transistors using organic/bio-polymers and composites. You will be supporting the early-stage sustainability assessment of this new generation of technologies using life cycle assessment (LCA), working hand-in-hand with top material and technology developers in Europe. Key tasks include:

  • Develop new methods to support early-stage quantitative sustainability assessment of emerging technologies;
  • Perform a quantitative sustainability assessment of the new technological setup using life cycle assessment (LCA);
  • Support the technology developers in the project with the identification of the most promising design options from a sustainability perspective.


  • You should have a PhD in a relevant field, and ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to, PhDs in industrial ecology, quantitative sustainability science, innovation studies, engineering and modelling;
  • Knowledge of and experience with LCA is a strong advantage;
  • Data management, visualization and programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, Python or R) are an advantage;
  • Experience with the techno-economic assessment of emerging technologies is an advantage;
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English, have good communication skills. Previous teaching experience will also be valued;
  • Moreover, you are a team player, are able as well to work independently, take initiative, and have a strong interest and motivation to pursue academic research.


We offer a full-time three years term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range is from € 2.709,- to € 4.274,- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Stefano Cucurachi, email s.cucurachi@cml.leidenuniv.nl; or Jeroen Guinée, email Guinee@cml.leidenuniv.nl.


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