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Sweden Postdoc and PhD positions in Environmental Systems Analysis

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

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PhD and postdoctoral positions are available in the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA), Department of Technology Management and Economics, at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

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General Info

Position: Postdoc and PhD positions
No. of Positions: Few
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 24, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Workplace:
Division of Environmental Systems Analysis
Department of Technology Management and Economics
Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)
GOTHENBURG,

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Qualification Details

To qualify as a PhD candidate, you must have a master's level degree in science or engineering equivalent to one from a Swedish university, corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. To qualify as a postdoctoral researcher, you must have a relevant PhD degree in science or engineering. Relevant fields for all positions include Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

For all positions, it is mandatory that you have excellent skills in quantitative modelling. Likewise, to be successful in any of these positions you should be highly motivated and persistent, and be a good collaborator and communicator in spoken and written English. You should have reflexive ability and create structure with ease.

Experience in life cycle assessment is meritorious for all positions. Experience from working in an international team is also a merit. For Position 1, MS Access database construction experience is meritorious. For Position 2, computer programming skills (e.g Python) and knowledge of carbon capture and utilisation, and biochemical process engineering are meritorious. For positions 1 and 3, knowledge of toxicology is a merit. For all positions, proficiency in Swedish is an advantage, but Chalmers offers Swedish courses for PhD candidates.

Applicants should address each of the mandatory and meritorious qualifications separately and in turn in their application letter. Vaguely structured application letters will be immediately discarded.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Position 1 (postdoc): Recycling carbon in mixed waste streams from a life cycle perspective The successful candidate will liaise with experts in subjects such as water engineering and environmental policy. Information gained from this dialogue and interrogation of the SPIN database will inform material flux assessments and improvements in how fossil carbon is assessed in a life cycle framework. In the other project on alternative recycling systems developed with Sweden's premier research institute RISE, we aim to also generate carbon footprints and additionally ensure that other potential toxicants from such systems are rigorously accounted for in a life cycle framework. This will mean dialogue with process engineers, process modelling work and consideration of potential need to develop better characterisation factors for toxicants. So in addition to connections with other researchers, the successful candidate will have common methodological interests with Positions 2 and 3 (below).Postdoctoral researchers at Chalmers are primarily engaged in research, but are also expected to teach for about 10% of their time.

Position 2 (PhD): Environmental assessment of carbon capture and utilization You will conduct research that guides the design and development of a carbon capture and utilization process with assessments of environmental impacts. Using life cycle assessments (LCA), you will assess design choices suggested by the partners in the PyroCO2 project at various stages of development. The early development phase involves significant uncertainties regarding the future conditions, and accounting for such uncertainties in the assessments is crucial. You will thus contribute to developing methodology for prospective assessments. You will also contribute to further method development to assess positive impacts.  This work will naturally involve collaboration with researchers from varied disciplinary backgrounds.

Position 3 (PhD): Elimination of persistent mobile substances in a life cycle perspective The successful candidate will liaise with researchers from several European countries who are experts in subjects such as toxicology, water engineering and environmental policy. Information gained from this dialogue and examination of published literature will inform improvements in how toxicants are assessed in a life cycle framework. These developments are also of particular relevance for Position 1 (above). With the improved framework, the successful candidate will use desktop approaches to examine alternative scenarios for the substitution of persistent mobile substances, and consider their relative sustainability from a life cycle perspective. The candidate will also use these methods to investigate alternative land and water remediation technologies that have the capacity to deal with prior contamination, and use the framework to determine which technologies are environmentally preferable from a holistic point of view. PhD candidates at Chalmers are primarily engaged in research, but also take coursework, and are expected to teach for 10-20% of their time.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: 20210439
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The application should be marked with Ref 20210439 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

For PhD student position

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

• CV

• 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:

• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)

• Address each of the mandatory and meritorious qualifications separately and in turn

• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.

• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL testresults.

For Postdoc

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

• CV, include complete list of publications.

• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences.

• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:

• Describe your previous research fields and main research results

• Address each of the mandatory and meritorious qualifications separately and in turn

• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

About the Project

The Division of Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA) is home to Chalmers' largest group of sustainability analysts, the largest at a Swedish university. We conduct research to develop better ESA methods and apply them to find more sustainable technological solutions and ways to transform technology systems and organisations to better meet environmental and resource constraints. The division has a long engagement in life cycle assessment, risk assessment and material flow analysis methods. Furthermore, approaches of flow methods from a social science perspective, innovation systems and transition studies are part of our portfolio of methods. Our areas of expertise are unified through a common systems-based approach. Our work requires cross-disciplinary efforts, and this is reflected in the make-up of our research group as well as in the range of scientific journals in which our research is published. We also offer courses closely related to our research. Our division has around 40 staff and faculty members and broad expertise, including engineers and researchers in both the physical and social sciences. It is part of the Department of Technology Management and Economics, which hosts the national center for excellence in applied life cycle thinking: the Swedish Life Cycle Center, which will provide the successful candidates with various opportunities to interact with government and industrial partners.

1) Recycling carbon in mixed waste streams from a life cycle perspectiveThe new postdoctoral researcher will work at the interface between environmental science and aspects of urban carbon metabolism in two Formas-funded projects. The first of these is about predicting the flow of dissolved and suspended fossil carbon in urban wastewater using material flux analysis methods, which impacts the sustainability of recycling processes for wastewater treatment byproducts. The second concerns the recycling of used textiles, which is challenging on account of the combination of different polymer materials with different chemistries. It has to be asked whether recycling will generate overall environmental benefits in terms of indicators such as carbon footprints and toxic emissions of if "the medicine is worse than the cure".  In that case life cycle assessment can inform process designers regarding improvement opportunities.

2) Environmental assessment of carbon capture and utilization In a world in which the impacts on the climate due to human activities are increasingly apparent, a transition to an economy that leads to decreased greenhouse gas emissions has become a necessity. The aim of the EU-funded PyroCO2 project is to demonstrate carbon capture and utilization (CCU) at a larger/demonstration scale. In the PyroCO2 project, a consortium of universities, companies and public organizations from all over Europe, aims to create knowledge for the design and development of a CCU demonstration plant where climate-positive acetone is produced from industrial CO2 and green hydrogen. Acetone is a platform chemical that subsequently can be used for the production of a plethora of other chemicals and materials. The demonstration plant will be constructed during the project. Environmental and techno-economic assessments are of importance to make decisions that lead to an economically viable and environmentally benign design of the demonstration plant and the value chain of which it is a part.

3) Elimination of persistent mobile substances in a life cycle perspective Researchers, NGOs and government regulators are increasingly concerned by the presence of "forever chemicals" in the environment, and particularly those that are both highly persistent and mobile in the environment. PFAS, which includes fluorinated chemicals that have been popular for waterproofing outdoor wear, are perhaps the most famous example of these. Chalmers is part of a large European project called ZeroPM, which aims to eliminate the threat of persistent mobile chemicals by integrating the concept of "essential uses" in policy and identifying alternatives for uses that are considered non-essential. Additionally, it recognises the existence of many environments where remediation is needed to clean up groundwater to make it suitable for drinking and environmental purposes. The question with all such substitutions and technology selection questions is: which is best for the environment?

About the Employer: Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

Note or Other details

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

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Contact details

For questions, please contact:

Position 1 and 3:
Professor Greg Peters, Environmental Systems Analysis
E-mail: petersg@chalmers.sePhone: +46 31 7723003

Professor Magdalena Svanström, Environmental Systems Analysis
E-mail: maggans@chalmers.se
Phone: +46 31 7723001

Position 2:Associate Professor Matty Janssen, Environmental Systems Analysis
E-mail: mathias.janssen@chalmers.se
Phone: +46 31 7728602

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