PhD in Multiscale Modelling of the Energy and Material Transitions (1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 02 Nov 2022

Today, society is facing a multitude of challenges to come to a sustainable society. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges (next to biodiversity and water). Materials play a key role in the climate transition as materials production is responsible for a large part of global GHG emissions and yet are an essential part of many new technologies for the same
transition. It is expected that more efficient use of materials through a transition to a circular economy is hence an essential part of the climate transition. Yet the material system and (spatial) relation to the climate transition are not well understood.
In this project you will help develop a joint modelling approach that covers material- and energy flows to better model the impacts of material efficient and circularity strategies on energy use, GHG emissions and (key) environmental impacts. The approach will build on combining insights from life-cycle analysis (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) to energy modelling, to better understand the contribution of these strategies and technologies towards a sustainable production and consumption system. This will allow to (ex-ante) understand the contribution of circular economy approaches of different strategies, as well as potential bottle necks and show stoppers. The model will address the supply chains of (to be selected) key materials (e.g. plastics, selected critical materials) or products (e.g. packaging, renewable energy technologies) in a spatially structured model.

This will allow to connect the gained insights to other parallel projects within the programme that focuses on modelling the energy and climate transition. The PhD-project is part of the programme KCET, which aims to generate integrated insights for the energy transition between TNO, Utrecht University, and other partners. You will closely collaborate with other PhD researchers in this programme and staff from the participating institutions.

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