PostDoc Researcher in Circular Economy in the Built Environment

Ref REF 2023-0616

As a PostDoc researcher in the Sustainable Building group, you will be part of a team of IT-, architecture-, engineering- and innovation researchers with passion for co-creation processes and analytical methods towards a more sustainable and circular built environment. The position involves both theoretical and practical work. During the duration of the employment, a toolbox will be developed based on the quantification of material flows and life cycle impacts in several cities and regions in Europe to assess priorities for the design of Circular Economy action plans.  The results of the research will provide recommendations on how to develop a process for an up-scale implementation together with our project partners in other countries in Europe. The successful candidate will be part of the international DUT ECLECTIC project team and is expected to be experienced with addressing municipality and regional stakeholders as real demand owners and to research, develop and incorporate their needs into analytical methods.

Information about the division and the department
The Building Technology division at Chalmers has long experience in developing digital and quantification methods and tools for resource flows and stocks research and development in the built environment, in particular Material Flow Accounting, Advanced Building Stock Modelling, Sustainability Assessment and Ecological and Economic Life Cycle Assessment. Focus has been put in different aspects of the socio-technical systems, regions, cities, new and existing buildings and infrastructure which encompass supporting a broader relationship towards societal challenges, in particular addressing Sustainable Development Goals and Circular Economy.

Major responsibilities
The PostDoc researcher will support the Sustainable Buildings research group at the division. Main responsibilities include: describing the metabolism of selected case urban systems by quantifying the flows and stocks of materials with the highest degree of detail possible and connect it with life cycle impact indicators; adapting and developing existing tools that integrate state-of-the-art methods and tailoring them to the needs and requirements of municipalities and regions to design circular economy action plans; identifying data sources to be used and apply new IT methods to collect and analyse the information obtained. A toolbox with a standardized workflow and process will be developed to co-design, implement and monitor evidence-based sustainable CE action plans, considering context-specific challenges, targets and opportunities.

Specific responsibilities include research on the topic of urban metabolism to design circular economy action plans, supervision of Master students, teaching in selected courses and writing of research applications. The position will be financed by the ongoing DUT project ECLECTIC.

PhD preferably in Industrial Ecology. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Corresponding track record/portfolio in the field/s. Excellence in presentation and writing skills, modelling and statistics analysis and fluence  in English are required.

Knowledge in sustainability, circular economy, life-cycle assessment and IT will be considered a merit. Experience in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research projects, preferably in European environments. Proficiency level in MFA studies and the gathering and analysis of quantitative data. Relevant experience in research projects in the context of sustainable and circular economy at urban level.

Relevant experience in research projects in the context of sustainable and circular economy planning. Swedish language ability is an advantage; Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230644 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-11-30


For questions, please contact:
Associate Prof. Leonardo Rosado, Building Technology, Urban Metabolism,, +46723876413


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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