Phd Position On Dynamic Lca Of Bio-Based Products And Circularity (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
October 09, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,770
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PhD position on dynamic LCA of bio-based products and circularity (1.0


Job description

The urgent need to mitigate climate change, to stop biodiversity loss and to move from fossil to renewable resources motivates the increased use of bio- based resources, but can thereby create multiple, sometimes conflicting sustainability impacts. There is a need for assessment methods that enable a robust and forward-looking impact assessment of existing and new bio-based solutions to determine their sustainability.

In this position, you will:

  • develop high-resolution dynamic LCI models to include the spatial- and temporal-explicit land use impacts for bio-based products using a dynamic tool such as Brightway2;
  • contribute to the methodology development of circularity assessment for bio-based products;
  • contribute to the methodology development and assessment of both high and low-TRL technologies related to bio-based innovation, including perspective LCAs.
  • In this position you will work in close collaboration with a second PhD position within the project (which focuses on land use and environmental impacts), and you will also be collaborating with a range of European universities and bio-based companies.


    We are looking for a PhD candidate who:

  • holds a Master degree in LCA-related environmental sciences, energy science, industrial ecology or environmental engineering;
  • has experience conducting LCA (e.g. in a course or via a thesis/internship) and is interested in its development;
  • has a good understanding of the challenges of environmental and circularity assessments, especially for bio-based systems;
  • preferably has programming skills in Python;
  • has an open, enthusiastic attitude and is able to work in inter- and transdisciplinary settings;
  • has good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Offer

    You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for one year with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment in the first year, and with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period.

    For this position we expect a contribution to teaching of about 10% of your time, mainly by contributing to Bachelor and Master courses.

    The gross salary ranges between €2,770 in the first year and €3,539 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

    Additional information

    For more information about the position, please contact Professor Martin Junginger at [email protected].

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, transcripts of Bachelor and Master courses, and your Master thesis via the 'apply' button. Please include at least two references in your CV. The application deadline is Monday 9th of October. We aim to inform all candidates whether they will be invited for an interview by Monday 16th of October. First interview rounds are planned to take place on the 25th and 26th of October.

    The application deadline is 09/10/2023

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