• Full Time
  • Aachen, Germany
  • October 3, 2022
  • Contact Person: Alexander Feil
  • Start Date: February 1, 2023
  • Job Reference Number: V000003474

Website RWTH Aachen


Lehrstuhl für Anthropogene Stoffkreisläufe und Institut für Aufbereitung, Kokerei und Brikettierung

Our Profile

The Institute of Anthropogenic Material Cycles (ANTS) searches and analyses for solutions and methods to close the loop of material cycles. Thus, we aim in developing a raw material management on product and material level as well as demonstrating and implementing it by means of practical examples.

Your Profile

We are looking for you for the Blades2Build project. Blades2Build is an EU Horizon project, in which various inter- and transdisciplinary partners are involved. The project aims to find the best solution for EOL wind blades and create new resource loops, mainly to be used in construction sector. The role of ANTS is to assess the environmental and economic impacts of different solutions using life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC). We are seeking a candidate interested in doing research in assessing the circularity options for end-of-life (EOL) wind blades following a life cycle thinking and within the context of circular economy within the Blades2Build project. If you meet the following requirements, we look forward to receiving your application!

  • Completed university studies (Master’s degree or comparable) in the field of environmental assessment and/or the fields of process engineering, waste management, raw materials engineering, civil and environmental engineering, or comparable disciplines.
  • A strong background in LCA is required and experience of modeling with an LCA software, such as OpenLCA, Umberto or GaBi, is advantageous.
  • Strong communication, teamwork, inter- and transdisciplinary work, and knowledge integration skills are required.
  • Independent, structured, analytical approach is necessary.
  • Good command of written and spoken English is required.
  • Enthusiasm for the topics of a life cycle thinking and sustainable circular economy.
  • Flexibility as well as willingness to travel.
  • Ability and strong interest in scientific work and publishing.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the project, ANTS will address the environmental and economic impact assessment of different EOL wind blade handling options using LCA and LCC. For the modelling, a strong exchange with other project partners is expected, as the model will be based on primary data as much as possible.

  • Setting the goal and scope of the LCA and LCC together with the other project partners.
  • Identifying the required primary data and communicating this with the relevant project partners.
  • Modelling different R-strategies and technical solutions for EOL wind blade handling that will be developed in collaboration with other project partners.
  • Contribution and scenario analysis (energy mixes, transport distances etc.), as well as sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of the results. Interpretation of LCA and LCC in the context of circular economy.
  • Contribution to knowledge hub especially in the topic of sustainable circular economy and life cycle thinking.

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled by 1/2/2023 and offered for a fixed term of 3 years.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
As RWTH is committed to equality of opportunity, we ask you not to include a photo in your application.
You can find information on the personal data we collect from applicants in accordance with Articles 13 and 14 of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at http://www.rwth-aachen.de/dsgvo-information-bewerbung.

3 years

To apply for this job please visit www.rwth-aachen.de.

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