PhD on Circular and climate neutral pavement strategies– an assessment framework

PhD on Circular and climate neutral pavement strategies– an assessment framework

Published Deadline Location
13 May 2 Jun Eindhoven

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? Do you want to do so with improved methods such as prospective LCA and material flow analysis? Would you like to know how circular pavement strategies contribute to climate targets? 

Job Description  

You will do research on assessing innovations in relation to circularity and climate change with focus in road infrastructure. 

Major aim of the PhD position is to develop a framework to assess the environmental footprints of circular roads building on prospective life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, and to apply this framework to assess contributions to circularity and climate targets (2030; 2050). You will develop an approach to compare eco-efficiencies of technological innovations and current and future road pavement scenarios. By applying this approach you will be able to answer questions like: To what extent does lifetime extension and improved circularity of roads help to reach climate neutrality? How much can be gained in terms of GHG reduction compared to the current situation?   
This PhD position will involve close collaboration with the Circularity and Sustainability Impact group at TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The PhD research will contribute to and profit from an Internal TNO research program on technological innovations for extended asphalt lifetime. You will work in both institutes (TU/e in Eindhoven, TNO in Utrecht) and will be part of the multidisciplinary project team of the TNO research program.  

The Technology, Innovation, and Society (TIS) group at Eindhoven University of Technology straddles natural science, social science and humanities disciplines and 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 ~25 tenured staff and a large group of postdocs and PhD candidates, 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 Management', and in university-wide programs for engineers.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in natural or technical sciences with a clear affinity towards environmental topics.  
  • A research-oriented attitude.  
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).  
  • Prepared to work in two locations. 
  • Experience with Life Cycle Assessment and/or Material Flow Analysis is an advantage. 

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:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates. 

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

Curious to hear more about what it's like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? You can contact the daily supervisor for this position dr. Mara Hauck (
Prof.dr. Heleen de Coninck and prof.dr. Mark Huijbregts (TNO/Radboud University) are intended supervisors that award the doctoral degree. 

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact the hiring manager Hanneke Huijs-Palmen ( 

Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page.


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a: 
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation to apply and qualifications for the position. Why you want us, and why we would want you.  
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of any publications, grades for your MSc and BSc thesis, and the contact information of three references. 

We look forward to receiving your application. The vacancy will remain open until June 2nd. First round of interviews will be held in week 25 (online).


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V39.7456


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 2 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).