We are looking for a bright and inspiring postdoctoral researcher in the interdisciplinary field of circularity transition in urban and rural areas. The research concentrates on developing a simulation model that illustrates the circular loop of material flow on temporal and spatial scales
and how to use this model in a serious game to increase stakeholders' awareness and engagement in this transition process.Job Description
Circularity is about value retention and the reuse of resources. Questions related to circularity challenge us to find solutions on wider scales: urban and rural areas. Serious games offer a safe environment to test the potential cross-sectoral implications of integrated (policy) decisions. By providing immediate feedback on the decisions made using the simulation model, stakeholders learn about complexities. We are looking for a postdoc researcher who can synthesize the knowledge base and the underlying mechanisms for such serious games.
You will contribute to the development of a Serious Game for Circularity grids. This topic will be addressed in interdisciplinary research projects within our strategic alliance of universities. The motto of the alliance between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Utrecht University (UU) and University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU) is Challenging Future Generations. We strive to do that by putting young researchers, lecturers, and students at the helm and collaborating across the scientific disciplines' borders. In the alliance, the four institutions combine their expertise to contribute to social transitions in the fields of health, food, energy, and sustainability (https://ewuu.nl/en/
). The home base for your postdoc position is at the TU/e, where you will be supervised by dr. Qi Han. You will, however, be co-supervised by dr. Karin Rebel from UU and dr. Alexander Klippel from WUR. You are also expected to actively contribute to strengthening cooperation within the alliance, e.g. by working at one of the other institutes and/or our central alliance office for part of your work week.
The type of serious game we are after illustrates a physical environment in which circularity is pursued. As a prototype, we start with an area, represented by a material-based grid. The game zooms in on a specific challenge or multiple challenges that need to be tackled within that environment. For instance: CO2 emission, water consumption, waste management, scarce materials, reuse, biobased material, allow for flexible use, design for disassembly, etc. The prototype can be scaled up with a triple helix (stakeholders from industry, government, and universities) in an urban-rural development initiative setting. The research explores how to promote systemic thinking, the discovery of underlying mechanisms of nonlinear interdependent cause-effect relations, and potential circular business opportunities.
We expect you to produce the following concrete deliverables within two years:
- a simulation model that illustrates the circular loop of material flow on temporal and spatial scales
- a concept for the Serious Game and a prototype implementation in co-creation with the associated principal investigators and aligned researchers;
- scientific publications on circular transitions;
- having initiated a collaborative interdisciplinary research proposal related to an external call or having participated in such a call;
- popular science publications in media with a broad audience;
- contributions to and frequent updates on selected social media;
- contributions to the organization of workshops and sandpits on your research theme within the alliance.