Postdoctoral Researcher: Fate and Effect Modelling for Environmental Footprinting

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 13 Aug 2023

18 Jul 2023
Job Information

Radboud University
Research Field

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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

13 Aug 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

In environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) models are used to estimate environmental impact due to emissions and resource extractions. To identify and analyse applicable factors that express the ecosystem or human health impact due to a specific substance emission, cause-effect modelling is applied. The resulting so-called characterisation factors are determined by modelling the fate as well as the effects in the environment. Frequently, methods from risk assessment are used for this.

For an update on the worldwide used LCIA methodology ReCiPe , we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the cause-effect modelling of various impacts, such as microplastics, eutrophication and biodiversity effect modelling. Modelling methods include uncertainty quantification and might involve integration of other methods in LCIA, such as risk assessment. You will need to develop new methods to address the fate and effect modelling, as well as uncertainty modelling. The methods will build on the latest scientific insights and be specifically tailored to the needs of potential users such as regulators and industry. Moreover, you will need to make sure the factors for a multitude of impact categories are aligned and ready to be applied by practitioners. You will work together with environmental scientists from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM ). As a postdoctoral researcher you will be expected to play an active role in our educational programmes, particularly by participation in Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in modelling, circularity and sustainability, and in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in their thesis research projects.

Specific Requirements
  • You hold a PhD in one of the environmental, natural or engineering sciences, in which you have acquired knowledge and skills in ecological modelling, life cycle impact assessment and/or chemical risk assessment modelling.
  • You are motivated and have good communication skills.
  • A good command of oral and written English is essential.
  • Experience with environmental modelling and data analysis is a plus.

Additional Information
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2.960 and a maximum of € 4.670 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Selection process

You can apply until 13 August 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Koen Kuipers. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV, including a list of publications and the contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three potential references.

The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 22 August and Wednesday 23 August. You would preferably begin employment on 1 September.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates.

Additional comments

For questions about the position, please contact Koen Kuipers, Postdoctoral Researcher, at . Should you want to ask questions by phone, please send an email and there will be set up a call.

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Radboud University
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6525 XZ
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