PhD Scholarship Position in Environmental Evaluation of Agri-food Systems

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position in nanotechnology. The funds for this fellowship are available for five years. The deadline for applying is March 01, 2019.

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

Information about the research and the division

This project will develop an analytical framework (data, methods, impact indicators) to assess a broad range of environmental impacts. The framework will be applied in holistic environmental evaluations of an innovative grass-based biorefinery concept that delivers high-quality protein feed, biogas feedstocks and fibers with potential for further refining into different biobased products. The framework development will include adaptation of existing environmental sustainability evaluation frameworks, complemented with collection and processing of data generated in a grass-based biorefinery pilot plant. Together with stakeholders and Swedish and Danish researchers, the PhD student will support decision-making concerning the development of biorefinery solutions as well as making recommendations on further development needs concerning the analytical framework.

The research work is carried out within an Interreg-project on grass-based biorefineries, involving researchers at Chalmers, the Swedish Agricultural University in Skara, and Aarhus University in Denmark. The PhD student will be employed at the Division of Physical Resource Theory, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers. The department contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to land use and energy supply, to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major research infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and has about 250 employees.

The Division of Physical Resource Theory carries out research and education on potential solutions to major sustainability challenges, e.g., climate change, energy systems transitions, and the sustainable use of land and other resources. We commonly work in multi-discplinary teams employing different quantitative and qualitative methods with the ambition to build challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries. The division has about 40 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists. We also offer courses in areas related to our research.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student your main responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies, which includes work in the research project and to undertake doctoral courses. You are expected to work independently, have the ability to plan and organize your work, to work in close collaboration with other group members and partners, and to be able to communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form, in English. The doctoral program is supposed to lead to the doctoral degree, equivalent to four years of full-time studies, which includes research, doctoral courses, and participation in seminars and conferences.The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


We require an MSc degree in environmental/agricultural/engineering sciences, with a MSc thesis project corresponding to at least a half-year term at the university. The studies should be of relevance for the described research area and result in a good academic record. We expect the applicant to have the ambition and ability to take on own responsibility and to work independently towards set goals. The student should have good social skills and be comfortable in communicating and collaborating with people in different functions in society. The student must be willing to work with stakeholder, e.g., making study visists to collect data, presenting results and discussing future analyses at stakeholder meetings. As the project includes much contacts with Scandinavian researchers and stakeholders, good knowledge in Swedish and/or other Nordic languages is a merit. Chalmers offers Swedish courses. The project involves some travels in rural areas for data collection and it is therefore beneficial if the PhD student has a driver’s licence.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190032 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 1 March 2019

Christel Cederberg, Physical Resource Theory,, 0046-31 772 2218


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