3 Jul 2013

Full-Time Early Stage Researcher (PhD Researcher)

CASTLE – Uusimaa, Finland

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Job Description

14 Early Stage Researcher positions within the Marie Curie ITN CASTLE on Sustainability Impact Assesment topics The CASTLE “Careers in Sustainability Excellence” consortium invites applications for 14 full-time research vacancies for early stage researchers (ESR).

Selected researchers are expected to undertake transnational mobility in order to implement an Individual Research Project (IRP) at one of the consortium partner institutions, as well as to participate in a joint network training programme. The posts are located in 5 different European countries. This ITN employs a joint network recruitment to the 14 positions, in which candidates are encouraged to apply to several positions in the network in order of preference.

Description By 2020 the increasing demand for biomass as a feedstock for fuel, fibre and food will have measurable economic, environmental and social effects. The forest-based sector is responding to the competition for biomass with innovative products, such as renewable chemicals produced in biorefineries. The agricultural sector is also reinforcing innovations based on fast-growing biomass crops. Such innovations may bear completely new bio-based production systems, the long-term impact of which on the environment, economic viability and social cohesion is difficult to foresee. Policy makers, businesses and civil society organisations demand that the sustainability of new production systems is safeguarded.

Hence, sustainability assessment methods that quantify environmental, economic and social impacts are needed for the bio-based economy. However, so far academic training insufficiently reflects the relevance of sustainability impact assessment in business and policy making. “Careers in Sustainability Excellence” (CASTLE) closes this gap as it combines scientific, innovative, problem-oriented research and practical training of young academics on methods used for sustainability impact assessments in the bio-energy and forest-based sector in Europe. CASTLE educates sustainability experts for the broader bio-based economy. The CASTLE consortium consists of nine full partners and 10 associated partners from six countries. The ESRs will be hired at the full partners under employment contracts. The duration of the employment is 30-36 months.

The compensation will be highly competitive, and the salaries will vary based on the country where the ESRs will be recruited (country correction factors are given by the European Commission).

Titles of Individual Research Projects (IRP): ESR1 – Ex-ante SIA system for biomass production from arable land, ZALF, Germany ESR2 – Dynamic indicator calculation in ToSIA using a framework for model linkage, EFI, Finland ESR3 – Multi-criteria evaluation of sustainability impact assessment (SIA) results, BOKU, Austria ESR4 – Assessing impacts of technological change on sustainable development, Skogforsk, Sweden ESR5 – Using material flow indicators for SIA of bio-energy systems, UNI-KLU, Austria ESR6 – Implementation of LCA in complex wood industry production, vTI, Germany ESR7 – Quantitative and qualitative impact assessment of sustainability with the aid of LCA and changed structures deemed to be crucial for biodiversity, Skogforsk, Sweden ESR8 – Harvested wood products carbon assessment using ToSIA, EFI, Finland ESR9 – Mitigation options through innovative wood product use, ZALF, Germany ESR10 – Sustainability impact assessment as management tool on enterprise level, vTI, Germany ESR11- Implementing feedstock management and carbon tracking modules in enterprise resource planning services, MHG Systems, Finland ESR12 – Footprint Indicators in Sustainability Communication, VTT, Finland ESR13 – Eco-efficient Transport, FCBA, France ESR14 – GHG emissions accounting and reduction in the forest products sector, FCBA, France

Nr of positions available : 14

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