Postdoctoral Researcher for Socio-economic and Environmental Impact Modelling of Circular Technologies

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Deadline: 11 Dec 2023

0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,226 - € 5,090

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
11 December 2023

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Are you an aspiring researcher with an interest in environmental science? And are you eager to understand how to make carbon capture and circular processes more sustainable? Then join the Radboud Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences as a postdoctoral researcher! 
You will conduct multi-regional input-output modelling to look into the potential generation of shared economic, social and environmental benefits of shifting to novel symbiotic processes to produce valuable products from waste gasses. The research will be performed in close collaboration with the Strategic Business Analysis unit of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and is embedded in the EU H2020 project INITIATE, which focuses on innovative industrial transformation of the steel and chemical industries in Europe. You will carry out research on sectors important for carbon capture utilisation and storage, such as the chemical industry and steel sector. Included in the modelling should be the environmental emissions and subsequent environmental impacts, as well as economic and social impacts. You will therefore work with environmental extensions in input-output modelling.
  • You hold a PhD in industrial ecology, environmental economic, ecological economics or an equivalent field where you learned multi-regional input-output modelling.
  • You have demonstrable experience in global environmentally extended multi-regional input-output modelling, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling or Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM).
  • Important selection criteria are: analytical modelling skills, team spirit, motivation, and communication skills (particularly a good command of written English).

We are
The main focus of the Environmental Science group of the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences is on quantifying, understanding and predicting human impacts on the environment, to provide high-quality scientific knowledge that can help the world move towards greater sustainability. To this end, we employ a variety of research methods, including process-based modelling, meta-analyses, field studies and lab work. In our research we cover multiple pressures, species and spatial scales, searching for overarching principles that can ultimately be applied to better underpin environmental management and biodiversity conservation. This enables us to explore and develop wide-ranging sustainable solutions for the environmental challenges the world faces today. RIBES as such is internationally unique, as its research encompasses three major groups of organisms (microorganisms, plants and animals) and spans nearly all levels of biological organisation. In addition to developing world-class research, the institute is dedicated to first-rate education in its Biology BSc, MSc and international PhD programmes.
This postdoctoral position will involve close collaboration with TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. TNO aims to ensure that the knowledge it develops, integrates and applies has real social and economic impact. The TNO research group in Economics, part of TNO's Strategic Business Analysis unit, is one of Europe's leading research groups on the topic of environment, innovation and sustainability. Its main area of competence is economic analysis and modelling based on a vast array of databases, including the global input-output dataset of the EXIOPOL, CREEA and DESIRE research projects (EXIOBASE). Our modelling tools include input-output (IO) and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, as well as sectoral and macro-econometric models (e.g. EXIOMOD). The Economics team works with clients at national and international levels in the areas of regional innovation and environmental and economic policy impact assessment.
Radboud University
We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,226 and a maximum of €5,090 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 12 months with possible extension to 21 months.
  • 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.

Additional employment conditions
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.

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For questions about the position, please contact Rosalie van Zelm, Associate Professor at  [email protected] .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 11 December 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Rosalie van Zelm. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 22 December. You would preferably begin employment on 1 February 2024.
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. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information .
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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Dr R. van Zelm (Rosalie)
Associate Professor
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