PhD Researcher or Postdoc on Environmental impact assessment of green hydrogen and circular bio-coal from biowaste for steel manufacturing at the Industrial Ecology Department
Universiteit Leiden
Leiden, NL
6 dagen geleden

Key responsibilities

Your main responsibility is to carry out research independently and in collaboration with the partners of the H2Steel consortium.

The EU-funded consortium H2Steel aims to assess the viability and environmental impacts of Green H2 and circular bio-coal from biowaste technologies for cost-competitive sustainable Steel.

The solutions to be assessed aim at supporting the green transition of the European Steel sector, and it is based on a set of promising and innovative technological innovations.

The consortium aims to construct biomethane pilot plants to produce green hydrogen (H2) and bio-coal to be used in steel manufacturing while ensuring the valorization of waste streams.

The position is based in Leiden with some international travel expected.

The PhD researcher or Postdoc will focus on :

  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of the H2Steel technological innovations for the production and utilization of green H2 and bio-coal using life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • Development and assessment of steel production scenarios and their comparative environmental impacts.
  • Assessment of the contribution of the H2Steel systems to the EU decarbonization objectives.
  • Selection Criteria

    For applicants at the PhD researcher level :

  • You hold a master's degree in the field of industrial ecology, environmental sciences or another related fields.
  • You have documented expertise (e.g. master's thesisi) in LCA or other methods from the industrial ecology toolbox (e.g.
  • environmentally-extended input-output analysis (EEIO).

  • Programming skills (e.g. Python or other languages) and an ability to handle large datasets are an advantage. Applicants without these skills should have a strong drive to develop them early in the PhD.
  • You have excellent English language skills in writing and speaking,
  • Experience in the environmental assessment of emerging technologies and systems is a strong advantage.
  • You are intellectually curious, possess good analytical skills, are self-propelled, flexible, and quality conscious and have recorded experience in planning and executing research tasks within a given timeframe.
  • You have excellent social and communication skills and the ability to interact with other researchers, industry and policy actors.
  • For applicants at the Postdoc researcher level :

  • You hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, environmental and / or sustainability sciences, engineering, applied economics, or a similar discipline in the field of industrial ecology, environmental sciences or another related fields.
  • You have documented expertise in LCA or other methods from the industrial ecology toolbox (e.g. environmentally-extended input-output analysis (EEIO).
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python or other languages) and an ability to handle large datasets are an advantage.
  • You have excellent English language skills in writing and speaking, and recorded ability of scientific publishing on a high academic level.
  • Experience in the environmental assessment of emerging technologies and systems is a strong advantage.
  • You preferably have some experience of teaching at the university level.
  • You are intellectually curious, possess good analytical skills, are self-propelled, flexible, and quality conscious and have recorded experience in planning and executing research tasks within a given timeframe.
  • You have excellent social and communication skills and the ability to interact with other researchers, industry and policy actors.
  • Terms and conditions

    We offer a 1-year position with the possibility of extension to 4 years based on performance. Salary ranges from € 2,541 gross per month in the first year to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (pay scale P) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

    Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave.

    Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme.

    Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

    Postdoc

    We offer a full-time, 3 year fixed-term contract. Salary ranges from € 2,960 to € 4,670 gross per month (pay scale 10) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

    Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave.

    Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

    Diversity

    Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential.

    Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

    Only applications received before 30 September can be considered.

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