PhD scholarship in Characterization of carbon for improved life cycle assessment of end-of-life plastics – DTU Sustain, Denmark, 2022


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A PhD Student position is available for the dedicated researcher who wants to pursue a front runner research career in Life Cycle Assessment at Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain), Denmark, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: Dec 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: Subject to norms

Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain)
DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Qualification Details

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The degree should preferably be within Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Environmental Engineering. Knowledge of LCA and good command of LCA modelling software, as well as written and spoken English, are required. Further, candidates should have documented knowledge in one or more of the following fields: life cycle impact assessment, inventory analysis/modelling, or material flow analysis.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD project is a part of an EU-HORIZON project PRecycling (Plastics Recycling from and for home appliances, toys and textile). The overall aim of the EU project is to develop new approaches to reliably calculate, verify and report the recycled content in products, boosting the increase of recycled content in everyday products against the use of virgin materials. The project is coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens and involve several industry partners. DTU will contribute with evaluating potential environmental impacts of new circular value chains for end-of-life plastics, in a life cycle perspective. For this purpose, new characterization methods, developed specifically in this PhD project, will be used.

The successful candidate will develop a new metric for accounting of carbon, a natural resource embedded in end-of-life plastics and apply it in practice in life cycle assessment of chemical and mechanical plastics recycling technologies. The new metric shall be compatible with existing approaches, i.e., it should consider dissipation as impact mechanism and future resource accessibility. Dependency of the new metric on time horizon (short- and long-term) and form of carbon (biogenic, fossil carbon), will be explored.

The main tasks involve:

  • Development of characterization factors of carbon hibernating in plastic, building on existing approaches to make them compatible with factors developed earlier for metal resources
  • Integration of the new characterization factors into a life cycle impact assessment framework to identify and characterize dissipative flows of carbon in plastic life cycles
  • Implementation of the new method in practice in life cycle assessment of chemical and mechanical recycling technologies, as addressed by PRecycling

Additionally, the candidate is expected to participate in the departments teaching activities.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • Documentation of LCA knowledge and preferably command of LCA modelling software

About the Department/Section/Group

Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society.  We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The Department has approximately 300 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

Note or Other details

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The position is a full-time position. Expected PhD start is 1 December 2022. The workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus. Limited number of travels to PRecycling project meetings, held outside Denmark, cannot be ruled out.

You can read more about the department at www.sustain.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Stig I. Olsen ([email protected]) and Mikolaj Owsianiak ([email protected]).

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Published on: | Last Updated: Sep 14, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team