3 PhD Candidates and 1 Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University

Leiden University, Netherlands is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in environmental sciences. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core business of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Conservation Biology (CML-CB). Presently, over 90 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) and Centre for Metropoles and Mainports (LDE-CMM).

New technologies with a substantially reduced environmental footprint are required for a successful transition to a circular economy. Carbon Capture and Use (CCU) technologies may play an important role in reducing our society's impacts on climate change by making additional uses of already existing carbon sources, e.g., carbon contained in waste gases from power plants or the steel industry. However, these technologies are still in early development stages and need to be guided from an environmental perspective in order to identify and select the most promising options. Prospective Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology to guide technology development already at early design stages and explore future development pathways. Within an upcoming project on this topic, we will be able to hire one PhDcandidate and one postdoctoral fellow for a starting date of1 January 2019.

Our push toward newer forms of clean energy and increasing technological advancement drive a growing need for (critical) materials in society. In order to improve their reuse potential and minimize overall waste, we require a thorough understanding of how these materials flow through the industrial and residential sectors, including their inclusion in various products and their current stocks in the anthroposphere. We are looking for 2 PhDcandidatesto join our team at the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) department to work within the EIT-Raw Materials project "Physical AccouNts Of RAw MAterial stock and flow information service" (PANORAMA) starting ultimately per 1 January 2019. These new members will interact with various EU partners to analyse the vast amounts of data for various materials and assess their production and fate within the European Union.


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