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PhD candidates Industrial Ecology | H2020 project

Omvang (fte)
1.0 FTE (2 positions)
Geplaatst op
27 maart 2019

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The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences  are looking for

PhD candidates Industrial Ecology | H2020 project

“Sustainable Recovery, Reprocessing and Reuse of Rare-Earth Magnets in a Circular Economy” (SUSMAGPRO), 2 positions (1.0 fte)

Key responsibilities

The demand for strong (NdFeB) magnets will increase rapidly in the coming decades as a result of our push toward newer forms of clean energy Magnets are used in wind turbines, electromotors and generators.  These magnets contain critical materials like neodymium, praseodymium and dysprosium which are limited in supply while the production is vulnerable for geopolitical conflicts. In order to improve the reuse potential and minimize overall waste, we require a thorough understanding the flows these materials and develop sustainable recovery, reprocessing and reuse of rare-earth magnets.

We are looking for 2 Ph.D. students to join our team at the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) department to work within the H2020 project “Sustainable Recovery, Reprocessing and Reuse of Rare-Earth Magnets in a Circular Economy” (SUSMAGPRO) starting ultimately per 1 May 2019. These Ph.D. students will interact with various EU partners to analyse the vast amounts of data for the various processes within the recycling chain. Key tasks include:

  • Quantify the flows and stocks of rare earth magnets through the EU economy using material flow analysis (MFA);
  • Making (ex-ante) LCAs of pilot/lab scale /large scale versions of recycling technologies
  • Making a survey the social impact of the technologies;
  • Creating a techno-economic assessment of the SUSMAGPRO project
  • Multi-criteria analysis of the SUSMAGPRO technologies combining techno-economic, life-cycle and social aspects.

Selection criteria

  • You should have an M.Sc. in a relevant field (sustainability science, and/or industrial ecology), but we also consider candidates from other scientific fields with good relevant skills and an interest in sustainability;
  • Knowledge of industrial ecology methods, such as LCA, IOA and material flow analysis (MFA) is a strong advantage;
  • Knowledge of economic assessment tools like calculate capital costs, operating costs, net present value, internal rate of return, profit/loss and return on investment etc. using at a range of scenarios (e.g. production scales, location of plant and masses of material) are a strong advantage.
  • Strong mathematical, quantitative and programming skills are essential;
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English;
  • You are a team player, and are able to communicate your work to other consortium members of various disciplines.
  • You should be willing to spend a significant amount of time outside of the Netherlands in order to collect data from the companies that are developing the technologies.

Research at our Institute/Faculty 
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 1-year position with the possibility of extension to 4 years based on performance. Salary ranges from € 2.325.- gross per month in the first year to € 2.972 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.

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. Rene Kleijn (kleijn@cml.leidenuniv.nl).

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. The vacancy will remain open till it has been filled. 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

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