The Environmental Economics Research group focuses on sustainability assessments of clean technologies and valuation of ecosystem services, and is a visible source of robust science-driven advice in these domains. More info on our research group, its projects, and publications can be found at www.uhasselt.be/eec. Seeing the importance of governmental spending in the sustainable transition of our economy and society we are looking to expand our expertise.
The doctoral student or early stage researcher (ESR) will work within Environmental Economics group at the Hasselt University (Belgium) on the PhD research project “The role of life cycle sustainability evaluation in sustainable public procurement”
The ESR will work under the supervision of Prof. Sebastien Lizin and will be offered an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral training and will include a structured mobility in the Universities and Partner Organisations of the Consortium for the entire project duration that will include:
- University of Babes-Bolyai (Romania) - 3 months of resident work with co-supervisor Prof. Dacian Dragos;
- Cluj IT cluster (Romania) – 2 months hands-on research the creation and use of digital tools for LCC calculation and/or energy efficiency calculation tools;
- VITO/Energyville (Belgium) - 2 months hans on research on building and/or energy technology life cycle evaluation
The selected candidate will pursue a PhD as ESR within the EU-funded H2020-MSCA-ITN Project “Sustainability And Procurement in International, European, and National Systems” (acronym SAPIENS – GA n. 956696). The project’s objective is to foster interdisciplinary research into the evolving use of public procurement (PP) to address the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century with a view to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on the law, the economics and the business sciences of Sustainable Public Procurement. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact, and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics.
The offered position is available with a fixed starting date in September 2021 for a maximum duration of 36 months with a full-time commitment to work exclusively under the action. A PhD in Belgium lasts 4 years. The additional final year is covered with other funds. No additional funds need to be sought. However, the fellowship amount may differ with the wage in the final year depending on the candidate. Moreover, no additional allowances are due in the final year.
Applicants may be of any nationality and shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation (September 2021), be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his or her research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. The candidate shall not have resided or carried out his or her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
- Eligible candidates must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualifications (candidates with pending Master’s degrees will be considered, but the award will be conditioned on them being awarded the title by end of July). Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in (Environmental) Economics, Environmental or Civil Engineering, or equivalent profile or a different degree provided that that allows them to enlist in a PhD.
- You must be in the first 4 years of your research career. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. You must be willing to live in the Host Institution country, preferably near Hasselt, during the appointment. You must be willing to travel to the other Universities and Partner Organisations of the network for training activities and secondments. You don't hold a PhD.
- You can demonstrate thorough understanding and relevant experience with sustainability assessment methods, such as life cycle costing, life cycle analysis, life cycle sustainability analysis (not exhaustive).
- You can demonstrate understanding and experience with topics dealing with the nexus trade (law) - public procurement (law) -sustainability preferably related to renewable energy, green infrastructure, or buildings.
- You have demonstrable experience in collecting data and coding/programming for modelling purposes.
- You have the ability to assess resource requirements and use the resources effectively.
- You have the ability to work as part of a team and work independently using own initiative.
- You have high level analytical ability.
- You can demonstrate your ability and relevant experience in scientific writing.
- You have solid written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate complex information clearly to people from different academic backgrounds.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
We offer a full doctoral grant for 4 years (3 years project funding + 1 additional year) on the condition of a positive evaluation after 2 years.Moreover, the ESR will be part of a community of ESRs based in 10 SAPIENS partner universities and will benefit from an international and interdisciplinary training program with exposure to intersectoral and international working environments.Candidates will get a very attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The gross salary will be approximately 3.270€/month, plus a mobility allowance of 600 €/ month and, if due, a family allowance of 500 €/ month. The average net wage for a PhD scholarship in Flanders, Belgium can be found here (https://www.uhasselt.be/UH/human-resources/HR-policy/Remuneration/PhD-scholarship-holders) and provides an indication for your remuneration during the fourth year.
You can only apply online up to and including 15 April 2021.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file, an interview and a test lesson / presentation.
Preselection is preconditioned on eligibility (must haves in profile) and will be based on the submitted records to support your profile. These records must contain (potentially on top of what the application system requires): (1) CV, (2) motivation letter (max. 2p verdana 10), (3) a writing sample of your own writing (eg your master thesis), (4) an example of own coding syntax, (5) 2 academic references and their contact details. Candidates are very strongly encouraged to submit a research proposal of 2 pages verdana font size 10 with a research plan for a journal article on the topic of the PhD.
Prof. dr. Sebastien LIZIN, +32-11-268696, firstname.lastname@example.org
More about working at Hasselt University? Check www.uhasselt.be/vacancies for our staff benefits.