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BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium: KU Leuven is an autonomous university. It was founded in 1425. It was born of and has grown within the Catholic tradition. From its Christian view of the world and the human, KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of social, philosophical and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community. BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

PHD POSITION: THE DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY
(Ref. BAP-2017-273)

Occupation: Full-time

Period: Fixed-term contract

Place: Leuven

Apply no later than: June 19, 2017

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

The research group “Sustainability Assessments of Materials” of the department of Materials Engineering (KU Leuven MTM) is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to carry out research in the field of circular economy and dynamic environmental and economic impact assessments.

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

PHD POSITION: THE DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The PhD position is embedded in the Sustainability Assessments of Materials research group of the department of Materials Engineering of KU Leuven and makes part of a bigger research project called SuMMA+ (Sustainable Materials Management in a circular economy). SuMMA+ is a new policy research center funded by the Flemish Government and performs policy research to monitor, stimulate and contextualise the progress of the Flemish region towards a circular economy. It consists of 8 interdisciplinary and complementary research lines and is a joint venture of KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UGent and VITO.
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Project

The objective of this particular PhD is to study the interaction between the changing economic context and the resource and environmental drivers for circular economy. How can economic models for the circular economy better take the dynamics of material flows and environmental impacts into account, and how can environmental assessments better reflect the consequences of changing markets. In other words, the dynamics of the system in which the studied product or product life cycle is embedded, will be considered. The work will elaborate on sustainability modelling frameworks, including MFA, consequential LCA, LCSA, economic modelling and use this models to study the effects of policy instruments. The research will be based on concrete case studies of material/product life cycles which will be studied together with the other researchers of SuMMa+, and in close collaboration with the Flemish administration.

Profile

  • You have a Master of Science in Engineering (Engineering Science or Bioscience Engineering, with strong interest in economics) or Economics
  • You should show a strong interest in sustainability issues and global challenges like circular economy as well as in policy design.
  • Specific expertise in one or more of the following areas is an asset: LCA, MFA, economic modelling, environmental LCC
  • You have a scientific, critical attitude and you are interested in multidisciplinary research
  • You have good communication and presentation skills, proficient in English. Knowledge of Dutch, both spoken and written, is considered a plus
  • You have an independent working style
  • Experience as a researcher is welcome but not mandatory

Offer

We offer a research position for 4 year in a very attractive international research environment, with an excellent track record in sustainable materials management and environmental economics. This research should lead to a PhD. The research work will be carried out within the KU Leuven Materials Research Centre in Leuven (promoter Karel Van Acker) and the faculty of business economics (co-promoter Johan Eyckmans). The job will include collaboration and information exchange with researchers from different disciplines, industry and policy makers.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Karel Van Acker, tel.: +32 16 32 12 71, mail: karel.vanacker@kuleuven.be.
You can apply for this job no later than June 19, 2017 via the online application tool

BioScience Engineering with Economics PhD Position @ KU Leuven Belgium

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