• Full Time
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Jul 21, 2019
  • Contact Person: Prof Guido Sonnemann
  • Start Date: October 1, 2019

Website University of Bordeaux

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The Life Cycle Group ‘CyVi’ at the Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Bordeaux (Science and Technologies) looks for two postdoctoral researchers on sustainability assessment methods. The post-doctoral fellows will work within KIC EIT RawMaterials funded projects. The CyVi Group has an inter- and transdisciplinary orientation and is specialized in life cycle approaches for chemical substances and products. Key issues thereby are the application of sustainability assessment in the areas of chemical synthesis and material science, and the enhancement of related methodologies and data. The research field and the course offer include integrated resource management (e.g., energy, materials, water), and sustainable value chains, including recycling systems. The methodological competences range from life cycle assessment (LCA) and risk assessment to material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle management in the above-mentioned research fields. Currently, the CyVi group consists of a full professor, an assistant professor, two postdoctoral researchers and nine PhD students, some of them in co-direction with other researchers. See http://www.ism.u- bordeaux.fr and http://cyvigroup.org/ for more information.

The working place is at the University of Bordeaux, with potential stays abroad, in particular with project and longstanding collaboration partners such as the University of Augsburg and the University of Waterloo. The University of Bordeaux is located in Talence, France, and easily accessible with public transportation. The university coordinates the international AMIR Master programme on Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling (https://www.amir-master.com).

Starting date: 15 September, 1 October or 15 October 2019 or end 2022

Requirements

  • PhD in sustainability assessment methods such as life cycle (sustainability) assessment, material flow analysis, raw materials criticality and circularity assessment, health and environmental assessment or chemicals and other environmental system analytical tools, or in metallurgy, material sciences, chemistry, environmental, chemical or process engineering or any other appropriate discipline
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and education as well as project management activities
  • Pleasure to get involved in the development of the research & innovation group on life cycle approaches for chemical products and materials with the possibility to contribute to the

    supervision of PhD and Master students

  • Willingness to contribute to the organization of project meetings and other type of events
  • Experience in modelling, using Python, MATLAB or another programming language, in

    particular of materials, energy and water flows is an asset

  • Knowledge in integrated resource management, sustainable value chains, including in

    particular recycling and reuse systems, is also a strength for the application

  • Excellent English (French knowledge is of advantage)

Postdoctoral Position 1

The post-doctoral fellow will work in an international team with the University of Leiden (CML), ENEA (Italian National Agency for innovation) and Atlantic Copper (Industrial partner), that means within the knowledge triangle of research, education and innovation. He/she will work on the generation of material stock & flow data and the applications of life cycle sustainability assessment to metallurgical and composite recycling processes. The job will include an educational component. It is expected to disseminate the results by publications in scientific journals and other means.

Work assignments

  • Take a leading role in preparing a study that gathers and evaluates existing information to identify gaps and other challenges along the whole value chain of electric mobility. The aim is to understand the impact of the environmental and social factors on the total footprint of electric mobility based on existing data. This includes, for example, mapping different technologies, existing LCA-studies and possible business models. Particular interest should be given on validating what kind of impact the different actors in the value chain have on the overall footprint – e.g. mining and metals production, precursor and CAM manufacturing, cell assembly, recycling etc. It is important to achieve a clear view of the constraints and limitations and to find out where potential added value is.
  • Participate in a project to retrieve data sets and create concordances on non-energy related abiotic material stocks and flows within efforts to build a comprehensive material stock and flow database in Europe to support decision making on those materials by industry and governments in the EU. This implies identifying gaps in existing MFA databases and surveying current state-of-the-art databases to detect relevant parts available to fill these gaps.
  • Contribute to estimating the materials composition and lifetimes of multiple products. Much of available data mentioned above is in the form of trade statistics of products. In order to transform these into material stocks and flows, it is necessary to estimate the material composition of said products. In addition, an estimation of product lifetimes is necessary to estimate quantities of discarded products, i.e. secondary raw materials, using available time delay models. This task will have to be delivered based on available literature and an additional survey to assess both composition and lifetimes.
  • Do life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) studies for metallurgical and composite recycling processes. It is expected that these assessments go beyond the quantification of environmental impacts to include geopolitical risk and embodied energy evaluations, life cycle costing and societal LCA to study also job creation and potentially other social impacts. The group is actively involved in advancing methods for integrated LCSA. Hence, possibilities exist to contribute actively to these efforts.
  • Develop and update training material on material flow analysis and life cycle sustainability assessment, in particular with case studies for metallurgical and composite recycling processes, and train professionals as well as AMIR Master students using the material developed.
  • Carry out own research activities as a continuation of a previous job and support the ongoing research & innovation projects and events at the hosting group on topics including also material flow analysis. Opportunities are provided to develop a research carrier in line with the group’s priorities. The development of adequate project proposals is encouraged.

Length of employment: >2 years until end 2021, renewable at the end of every calendar year

Postdoctoral Position 2

The post-doctoral fellow will support the management and implementation of a project with an international team, including the suppliers of globally leading commercial software packages Granta, Outotec and GreenDelta, research & technology organisations (RTOs) Helmholtz and TNO as well as the company Eramet. Based on a literature review on the current state of criticality assessment of raw materials in the context of a circular economy the post-doctoral researcher will be working on the processing and recycling of metals using life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) as well as criticality and circularity assessment methods with the RTOs and the raw materials and software companies. Criticality indicators will be used to assess geopolitical dependency and to identify the vulnerability linked to their economic importance and substitution potential. Circularity indicators will assess the performance of products in a circular economy. Thermo-economics information will add the concept of exergy cost to the assessment of recycling potential of complex products based on the thermodynamic properties of the elements combined in specific products. It is expected to disseminate the results by publications in scientific journals and other means. The job will include an educational component.

Work assignments

  • Carry out a literature review and interest group interviews on the current state of criticality assessment of raw materials in the context of a circular economy and its uptake by industry and other socio-economic actors.
  • Take a crucial role in the management of a challenging multi-years project that aims at the integration and further upscaling the development of commercial software packages in the area of materials intelligence, metals process simulation and life cycle assessment.
  • Work on life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) and criticality assessment methods with raw materials companies to implement best practice and refine indicators according to business interests, such as communication on avoided emissions and positive impacts.
  • Upscale the use of criticality and circularity indicators to assess geopolitical dependency and to identify the vulnerability linked to their economic importance and substitution potential in the context of life cycle sustainability assessment and a circular economy.
  • Develop tailormade training material on life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) and criticality assessment methods and teach it to master students and industrial end-users.
  • Carry out own research activities as a continuation of a previous job and support the ongoing research & innovation projects and events at the hosting group on topics including also the environmental benefits of organic photovoltaics. Opportunities are provided to develop a research carrier in line with the group’s priorities. The development of adequate project proposals is encouraged.

Length of employment: >3 years until end 2022, renewable at the end of every calendar year

Application

Deadline for application: 14 July 2019 (first wave), 21 July 2019 (2nd wave)

Interested and highly motivated applicants should provide their application files (Motivation letter, CV, publication list and up to 3 potential referees with address, phone number and email) in electronic form in one pdf file), if possible, by the end of the deadline to: Prof. Guido SONNEMANN, Head, The Life Cycle Group CyVi, Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 TALENCE Cedex, France, Email: [email protected]

For any questions please contact also Prof. Guido SONNEMANN.

Duration:
3 years

To apply for this job email your details to guido.sonnemann@u-bordeaux.fr

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