Assistant Professor Circularity, innovation and life-cycle assessment

Assistant Professor Circularity, innovation and life-cycle assessment

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17 Oct 26 Oct Eindhoven

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Job description

Are you fascinated by the question of how society can be carbon-neutral and fully circular in 2050? And are you interested in quantifying a range of environmental effects, such as air pollution related health issues? Do you want to work on systemic studies looking at dynamics between circularity, climate change and other societal issues, such as equity?

You will do research on prospective life-cycle assessment in relation to circularity and climate change.

You will contribute to solving environmental problems through studying systems transitions and how they can be accelerated, but also what their environmental impacts really are.  Your work will also involve teaching to masters students and supervising bachelor and master students of various backgrounds across the engineering and social sciences, as well as managerial tasks. You are expected to develop your own research field in assessing transitions, such as circularity, and also take part in committees. Affinity for enhancing LCA by connecting to other modelling approaches, including from economic and social sciences is an asset.

This position is highly interdisciplinary, and you are expected to work with social scientists and humanities scholars, as well as natural scientists and engineers. The Technology, Innovation, and Society (TIS) group at Eindhoven University of Technology includes all these disciplines and offers provides a stimulating and collaborative environment. The TIS group is part of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS). Research at TIS concerns how humans and societies bring about technological change, and how technological innovations change society. With ~20 staff and a large group of postdocs and PhD students, researchers in the TIS group try to bridge the engineering and social sciences in a systems perspective on sustainability transitions. The TIS staff teaches in the BSc program 'Sustainable Innovation', the MSc programs 'Sustainable Energy Technologies' and 'Innovation Sciences', and in university-wide programs for engineers.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in environmental science, and demonstrable interest in climate change, circularity and the interaction with societal aspects of system transitions.
  • Extensive experience in LCA in an academic and applied research context and publications on life-cycle assessment are requirements.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, reflected in demonstratable outputs.
  • Motivated to teach, contribute to teaching processes, and to develop excellent teaching skills. UTQ is an asset.
  • Strong cooperation skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Effective communication and leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring of students and staff, leading a project or chairing a group. Experience with supervision of Master and PhD students.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English. Written and spoken fluency in Dutch is an asset.
  • Experience with working in transdisciplinary projects, preferably in an applied research environment.
  • Demonstratable experience of LCA for energy (transition) technologies, specifically in relation to circularity and network with technology experts in the (Dutch) field.
  • Motivation and connections to closely cooperate with Dutch research institutes and universities in the field is appreciated.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be considered.
  • The opportunity to focus your career on education, research or impact. You can develop your personal ambitions and objections within the strategic objectives of the university.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • A dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • High-quality training programs for academic leadership and teaching.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and partner career support.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V39.6021


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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