PhD scholarship in Life Cycle Assessment Modelling of Maritime Green Fuels

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As part of the green transition, maritime shipping represents one of the core challenges. Developing maritime green fuels is one of the answers; however, evaluating the "greenness" of these fuels is not straightforward. This PhD intends to provide a consistent assessment framework for quantifying environmental impacts associated with future maritime fuels.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The PhD develops the necessary methodological framework for consistent, systemic and systematic quantification of environmental impacts associated with maritime green fuels, thereby contributing with a core element in the transition of the shipping industry. The project builds on internationally leading tools already developed at DTU, but establish the specific approaches relevant for the maritime sector. Focus is placed on environmental impacts, but cost modelling may be included.

The intention with the project is to provide an environmental assessment framework applicable for the shipping industry aimed at calculating environmental impacts associated with fuels, in view of the full value-chain of the fuels, infrastructure, resource consumption and interactions with other sectors. The project is expected to provide novel methodological advances but also demonstrate these methodologies on selected fuels and value-chains, in collaboration with industry and relevant stakeholders.

The PhD is offered as part of DTU's strategic collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. A research visit at NTU is expected. The PhD is hosted by DTU Environment as part of the Resource Circularity team.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The starting date is expected to be 1st November, 2021, subject to academic approval and mutual agreement.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Thomas Fruergaard Astrup ( ).

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 12 October 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • One-page research proposal describing suggested research aim, methods, and outcome for the PhD.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specialising in water, environmental engineering and sustainability in Europe. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies and disseminate this knowledge to society and new generations of engineers. Our activities within research, education and innovation are focused water, chemicals and resources. The department has app. 185 staff members of more than 25 nationalities.

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