• Full Time
  • Luxembourg
  • November 30, 2023
  • Job Reference Number: E-2410

Website Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

You will join the Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN) Unit of ERIN. SUSTAIN develops knowledge, transferable (software) technologies, practical methods and outreach activities for the simulation and comprehensive sustainability assessment of societal systems. Its final purpose is to foster sustainable eco-innovation, through products and technologies, as well as support sustainability-oriented policy implementation and behavioural change to promote decarbonisation transitions.

Within the SUSTAIN Unit, you will be incorporated in the Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis (LCSA) research group. The group consists of ca. 25 researchers with a broad range of expertise and diverse cultural backgrounds, and united by the common purpose of supporting the sustainability transition. The group develops sustainability metrics and indicators, to assess the environmental and social impacts of products, technologies, territories and policies, for both industrial organisations and policy makers.

The “Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD)” framework aims at steering the development of new materials and substances based on safety and sustainability assessment criteria. Life Cycle Assessment methods are recommended for sustainability evaluation. Methods adopting an Absolute Sustainability rationale integrating the planetary boundaries are emerging. However, consensus is lacking on the definition of absolute environmental sustainability criteria, uncertainties are affecting the results and thus potentially the definition of criteria (especially at low technological readiness level – TRL).

The PhD candidate will define relevant LCA criteria, depending on the application sector and the TRL scale, which are aligned with the planetary boundaries. Criteria will be further tested in the framework of three Horizon Europe projects (ZeroF, SuperBark and TransZeroWaste), specifically for the sectors: steel, textile, packaging and wood products.

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