Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Postdoctoral Researcher: Environmental Footprints of Upscaled Technologies, Radboud University Nijmegen

Application deadline: 26 May 2019

The Department of Environmental Science at Radboud University has a two-year vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher specialising in technology assessments in an environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) context.

As a postdoc you will participate in the department’s research and educational activities, focusing on environmental modelling and LCA. The research is embedded in the Safe-Vulca project, a European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Raw Materials project, which focuses on the reduction of the ZnO amount in rubber vulcanisation processes for the tire industry. You will be expected to perform LCA in both lab and full-scale processes to better understand the changes in environmental impacts due to technology development. In addition, depending on your interests, new toxicity models will be developed to evaluate impacts of nanoparticles and plastics, or other technologies will be addressed to quantify environmental changes due to size scaling as well as technological learning.

Furthermore, you will be expected to become involved in the teaching of BSc/MSc courses. You will support our senior staff in their research projects and will be expected to proactively develop research proposals in order to acquire new funding.

Work environment

The Faculty of Science at Radboud University is a student-oriented faculty with a strong research base. The Faculty aims to be an academic community with international prominence and engages students actively in that community. Through high-quality teaching, the Faculty of Science lecturers are dedicated to challenging students to become critical academics and responsible decision-makers, willing and able to take up influential positions in our increasingly international society.

The main focus of the Environmental Science group at the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR) is on quantifying, understanding and predicting human impacts on the environment. To that end, we employ a variety of research methods, including process-based modelling, meta-analyses, field studies and lab work. In our research we cover multiple pressures, species and spatial scales, searching for overarching principles that can ultimately be applied to better underpin environmental management and biodiversity conservation.

What we expect from you

You hold a PhD in one of the environmental, natural or engineering sciences, and have knowledge of life cycle assessment. Experience with environmental modelling is preferred. Important selection criteria are: great commitment, analytical skills, modelling skills, team player, independence, motivation, and communication skills (particularly a good command of written English).

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Thursday 9 May 2019