Research Assistant or PostDoc: EU Horizon project RESOURCE up-taking of Circular Economy Practices

Leiden University

3 Oct 2023
Job Information

Leiden University
Research Field
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
22 Oct 2023 – 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

CML is a project partner of the interdisciplinary EU Horizon project RESOURCE. The project assists, assesses and refines innovative real-world circular approaches by industry partners within the region of Aragon to steer their overall contribution. The consortium covers all required perspectives, such as government, business, industrial expertise and academic institutions. In a near future step CML will lead the overall socio-economic and environmental impact assessment of potential economic upscaling of promising circular practices.

We are looking for an open minded economic network analyst. Ideally you have experience with Input-Output analysis and some economic expertise. Furthermore you are already familiar with programming in Python or R.

The candidate will work on the project work-block 5.5 ‘ Impact Assessment’. Within the research analysis insights from LCA/LCI will be transferred to highly detailed economic network data, represented by latest Input-Output databases, to come up with reasonable overall impact predictions. A final application of CGE approaches, taking price and substation effects into account are possible and desired.

The vacancy offers opportunities for personal growth, e.g. by taking the lead for our project part within a broader international consortium. We offer the possibility to take part in cutting-edge sustainability research, publish scientific papers, and to take part in education. Leiden University also offers a range of courses for personal development.

Key tasks

Key for the required position are:

  • Assessing where and how circular practices will impact the structure of the Aragonite economy within a broader European setting.
  • Refining the regional and industrial details of the underlying datasets to the required level.
  • Transferring insights from the hotspot LCA analysis to economic networks and modify structures accordingly to come up with a circular counterfactual.
  • Assessing the overall environmental and socio-economic impacts. Identifying key leverages and potential refinements.
  • Requirements
    Specific Requirements

    Selection criteria

    • You hold a M.Sc. in a relevant field (sustainability science, and/or industrial ecology) or a PhD from a related field when applying as a Postdoc.
    • Knowledge of input-output analysis and good mathematical and programming skills are required. Experience with and excitement for state of the art multi-perspective sustainability assessment approaches are beneficial.
    • Good data management-, visualization-, analytical and coding skills (e.g. in Matlab, Python and/or R) are required.
    • Experience in active, interdisciplinary, intercultural communication and project management skills are a plus.
    • Ability to work in a team.
    • Proficiency in English and good communication skills.

    Additional Information

    Research at our Institute/Faculty
    The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

    The research carried out at the Faculty is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,800 staff and almost 6,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

    The environmental science research in CML is organized around two major research areas: ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Environmental Biology’. This makes CML one of the few institutes covering both the circular, sustainable economic use of natural resources and natural capital, as well as assessing the environmental impacts of economic activities on natural resources, biodiversity and natural capital. Presently, over 125 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS).

    For more information, see and . Information about CML can be found at .

    Terms and conditions

    We offer a one year position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range for the PhD-position is from € 2.777 – € 3.539 gross per month and for a Postdoc € 3.877 – € 5.090 (pay scale P and 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

    Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

    At the Faculty of Science we value inclusiveness and strive for a diverse community with equal opportunities for all. We give full support to our staff in achieving their potential to become independent academic researchers and teachers. For more information about our policy on diversity and equality please go to the diversity page on our website. Female researchers are also welcomed to join the Researchers In Science for Equality network of the Faculty if Science (

    Selection process

    You can apply for this position by pressing the apply button. Please note that the deadline for the submission of your application is 22nd October. Interviews will be held week 43 and 44.

    Additional comments

    Enquiries can be made to Dr. Hauke Ward ([email protected] ), Dr. Bernhard Steubing ([email protected] ), or Prof. Arnold Tukker ([email protected] )

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    Universiteit Leiden
    Postal Code
    Rapenburg 70

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    Rapenburg 70
    Postal Code
    2311 EZ


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