Postdoc in LCA modelling of emerging technologies in waste management, with an interest in research dissemination

DTU Sustain

Do you have a strong interest and the skills to model technologies and systems for the management of waste and other residual resources? We need your help to tackle a crucial issue in sustainable transition: modelling of emerging solutions and technologies

DTU Sustain is part of the European UPLIFT project (https://upliftproject.eu/), focusing on new ways to upcycle plastic from food and drinks packaging. Our group is responsible for the sustainability assessment package of the overall project. We look for the LCA expert that can complement our group, and be the key modeler in the project.

The tasks related to the project will involve applied modelling: deepening our current knowledge on emerging plastic polymers, as well as modelling emerging ways to de-polymerize such polymers and re-polymerize them into new polymer products, in connection with the experts from other working packages in the UPLIFT project. From an LCA point of view, this will involve both process-specific technology modelling as well as gaining an understanding of the wider context where this technology will operate (for example market mechanisms, interaction with the waste management system).

More in general, as a Postdoc you will work with us on methodological development in LCA, establishing a framework for modelling emerging solutions and technologies in LCA and their interaction with the surrounding related market. This is a crucial issue in utilizing LCA modelling tools for fostering sustainable transition. We expect you to be able to work independently, while also being part of a team. Furthermore, we expect you can contribute with new insights and ideas to research directions.

The team will involve experts in process-specific LCA modelling (Senior Researcher Anders Damgaard) as well as in future scenario and uncertainty analysis (Associate Professor Valentina Bisinella). You will work with the DTU-developed LCA model EASETECH, and other relevant tools. The two supervisors have a strong interest in applied teaching from research, and plan to develop further their teaching activities at multiple academic levels at DTU. We see you having an active role in these teaching and dissemination activities. The team is a part of the campus wide center for absolute sustainability (https://sustainability.dtu.dk/), where there can be opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Consolidate and communicate data needs with UPLIFT project partners
  • Establish inventory models for technologies, and background system exchanges, with a special focus on the UPLIFT project
  • Participate in UPLIFT project meetings
  • Method development for modelling emerging technologies and systems, in line with the work at the research group
  • Life Cycle Costing (LCC) analysis
  • Analysis of results, dissemination of results through communication for stakeholders and academic publications
  • Semiquantitative screening of social impacts
  • Involvement in teaching activities for MSc and PhD students: teaching activities in the LCA course on LCA modelling of waste management technologies and systems, co-supervise PhD students

You have the following skills:

  • A PhD in environmental engineering or similar field
  • In-depth expertise in LCA modelling
  • Detailed inventory modelling of technologies and systems
  • Experience with working with large amount of data (data management, quality control, statistical analysis)
  • Understanding of waste management system
  • Understanding the role of physico-chemical characteristics in circular economy
  • Responsible, organized and structured, with an attention to detail and willingness to continuously acquire new skills
  • Ability to present the results of complex data analyses to stakeholders from various backgrounds, with interest to develop communication skills further
  • Team worker and an independent learner

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 terms of employment
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 2½ years.

We wish to fill the position as soon as possible, so people that can start by January 1nd (preferably earlier) will be prioritized.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from:  Senior Researcher Anders Damgaard, adam@dtu.dk or 
Associate Professor Valentina Bisinella, valenb@dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Sustain, Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering at www.sustain.dtu.dk. Information about the supervisors can also be found at www.orbit.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 December 2022 (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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Teaching experience and interest
  • Other skills that may be relevant for the position

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Sustain is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear misision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.