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Postdoctoral fellow Industrial Ecology | Modelling future background scenarios for prospective LCA of Carbon Capture and Use (CCU) technologies

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
0.8-1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
18 October 2018
Closing date
22 November 2018

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The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences  are looking for Postdoctoral fellow Industrial Ecology | Modelling future background scenarios for prospective LCA of Carbon Capture and Use (CCU) technologies  (0.8-1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

New technologies with a substantially reduced environmental footprint are required for a successful transition to a circular economy. Carbon Capture and Use (CCU) technologies may play an important role in reducing our society’s impacts on climate change by making additional uses of already existing carbon sources, e.g., carbon contained in waste gases from power plants or the steel industry. However, these technologies are still in early development stages and need to be guided from an environmental perspective in order to identify and select the most promising options. Prospective Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology to guide technology development already at early design stages and explore future development pathways. Within an upcoming project on this topic, we will be able to hire one Ph.D. student and one postdoctoral fellow for a starting date of  1 January 2019.

Key tasks:

  • Modeling of future background scenarios in LCA databases based on information from, e.g., Integrated Assessment Models (IAM);
  • Use of prospective LCA to model future CCU technologies in the context of future background scenarios.

Selection criteria

  • You should have a PhD in a relevant field, and ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include Ph.Ds. in industrial ecology, urban metabolism, sustainability science, and computer or data science;
  • Extensive database management, including dataset integration, combination, and querying;
  • Extensive programming skills in a high-level languages (preferably Python). Experience in machine learning is a plus;
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English, have good communication skills. Previous teaching experience will also be valued;
  • Moreover, you work well in a team, and are able to support the coaching and guidance of the PhD student.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.
The research carried out at the Faculty is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core business of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Conservation Biology (CML-CB). Presently, over 90 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) and Centre for Metropoles and Mainports (LDE-CMM).

Terms and conditions

We offer a one year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range is from €2,640 to €4,166 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Dr José Mogollón, email j.m.mogollon@cml.leidenuniv.nl, Dr Bernhard Steubing, email b.r.p.steubing@cml.leidenuniv.nl, or Professor Arnold Tukker, email tukker@cml.leidenuniv.nl.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV
  • A motivation letter
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees

Interviews will take place on Thursday 22 November 13:00 – 17:00 CET. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

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