Postdoctoral Fellow – Industrial Ecology

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Job description

  • You will contribute to education and research of the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) Department;
  • Research (60% in the first year, 100% in the second year) will consist of contributing to the project SUPRIM (SUstainable management of PRIMary raw materials through a better approach in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment):
    a. SUPRIM is funded by the EIT Raw Materials (, the biggest European innovation program ever on raw materials, consisting of > 100 partners, comprising universities, research institutes and world leading companies;
    b. It is a project coordinated by Ghent University in collaboration with Leiden University, Lulea University and industrial partners from the mining industry;
    c. It aims at improving current methods for the environmental impact assessment of primary raw material extractions in a life cycle (sustainability) assessment context;
    d. The tasks include: defining the state-of-the-art, data gathering and methodology development;
  • Teaching (40% in the first year) mostly focuses on contributing to the Master Industrial Ecology, particularly the System Earth and Life cycle assessment courses.


  • You must have a PhD in a relevant field, and ideally have some additional years of academic work experience. You ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include PhD’s in industrial ecology, sustainability science, (regional) economics and modelling, applied mathematics, trade and competitiveness;
  • Knowledge of industrial ecology tools including Life cycle assessment (LCA), Material flow analysis (MFA) and Environmentally extended input output analysis (EE IO) is essential. Specific knowledge of Life cycle impact assessment methods for resources is an advantage;
  • University level teaching skills should be good and demonstrable;
  • You should be able to work in a dynamic, multi-project context: distributing his or her attention among the various projects and tasks, keeping an eye to deadlines and deliverables, taking initiatives and contacting partners;
  • The international character of the work necessitates proficiency in English, passive and active, written and spoken. Proficiency in Dutch is an advantage.

Conditions of employment

We offer a one year term position, in principle renewable for one additional year depending on performance. Further renewals depend on need and available funding. The work will take mainly place at Leiden University under the supervision of Dr. Jeroen Guinée, though intensive collaboration with a postdoc at Ghent University and his supervisor Prof. Jo Dewulf is foreseen as well.

The salary range is from € 2.552,- to € 4.028,- gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Read more at


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.


Our Faculty’s expertise spans the entire spectrum of science, ranging from Mathematics and Statistical science, Computer science and Data science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical science to Biology and Environmental sciences.  We are committed to provide meaningful, rigorous and quality academic experiences in an personalized environment with a cutting edge research infrastructure. Students can expand their academic horizons while deepening their expertise and knowledge in an array of disciplines. Our faculty members are inspired by a fascination with the unknown and the urge to enlarge our fundamental knowledge. At the same time they want to contribute to solutions for the big societal issues of tomorrow. For more information, see and

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences of Leiden University. The core business of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Conservation Biology (CML-CB). Presently, around 70 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) and Centre for Metropoles and Mainports (LDE-CMM).

The CML-IE department is core partner in the Leiden / Delft joint degree Master program Industrial Ecology. The interdisciplinary program welcomes some 60-70 new students every year of which 50% come from abroad. Students have a background in either natural sciences, social sciences or engineering. Next to this CML contributes to various other teaching programs, including a Minor in Sustainable Development.

Research in the CML-IE department aims to provide a solid scientific basis for the analysis of sustainability via method development in the field of e.g. Life cycle assessment (LCA), material flow analysis (MFA) and environmentally extended input output analysis (EE IO). CML-IE is one of the globally best known institutes in this field. We apply such tools for specific case studies in fields such as aquaculture, concrete recycling, energy systems, critical materials, etc.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Rene Kleijn at telephone +31 71 527 1498, email or Prof. Arnold Tukker at telephone +31-71 527 5632/ 5615, email

Information about CML can be found at and about Leiden University at


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to CML at Please ensure that you upload your CV and the names and phone numbers of two references quoting the vacancy number.

Only applications received no later than 23 October 2016 can be considered.
Interviews will take place on 28 October. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

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