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PhD position Inclusive Value chains for Maritime Biofuels

                PhD position Inclusive Value chains for Maritime Biofuels
<br>Job description
<br>The Biotechnology & Society group of Delft University of Technology is looking
<br>for a PhD candidate for a project on inclusive value chains for maritime
<br>biofuels (CLEAN SHIPPING). The shipping industry is in dire need of clean and
<br>sustainable fuels. This project focusses on the major social issues in the
<br>transition to inclusive biobased value chains for maritime biofuels and seeks
<br>to develop new business models to overcome these issues. Reconciling the
<br>targets of sustainable supply security and value creation for local producers
<br>of biomass requires alignment of various actors relevant to the value chain.
<br>Just distribution of risks and benefits is key in achieving this alignment.
<br>The project involve case-studies for different feedstocks in Africa and
<br>South-America. Relevant actors and their particular interests and perspectives
<br>will be investigated through interviews and surveys. The results will be
<br>translated into guidelines to set up inclusive biobased value chains.
<br>The research will be conducted in close collaboration with a variety of
<br>biobased industry and shipping industry partners. The project is part of a
<br>Responsible Innovation project which also involves another PhD-candidate
<br>focussing on sustainability assessment of biobased value chains, a postdoc
<br>focussing on technical aspects (at a different TUDelft research group) and a
<br>postdoc focussing on sustainable business models. A project description is
<br>available upon request.
<br>Intended starting date is Dec 1, 2020
<br>  *   a Masters degree or near completion of Masters degree in development
<br>studies, innovation studies, Science and Technology Studies, anthropology or a
<br>related subject.
<br>  *   affinity with biobased economy
<br>  *   excellent English writing and presentation skills
<br>  *   qualitative research skills is a pre
<br>  *   willingness to spend time abroad
<br>  *   willingness to work with industry
<br>Applied Sciences
<br>The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with
<br>around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty
<br>conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific
<br>education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active
<br>in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical
<br>Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.
<br>The Department of Biotechnology concentrates on the multidisciplinary fields
<br>of biocatalysis, metabolic engineering and fermentation technology,
<br>environmental biotechnology bioprocess technology, biotechnology and society.
<br>The Section Biotechnology and Society (BTS) performs leading research on
<br>understanding societal and sustainability aspects and translating this into
<br>responsible innovation and communication of biotechnology for sustainable
<br>development. The group is uniquely positioned in the Department of
<br>Biotechnology and leading in (inter)national programs with academic partners,
<br>industry and government. The team consists of one Full Professor (Patricia
<br>Osseweijer), two Assistant Professors John Posada and Lotte Asveld) and a
<br>growing number of Postdocs, PhDs candidates and MSc students.
<br>Conditions of employment
<br>TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week
<br>and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package.
<br>Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for
<br>Dutch Universities.
<br>Information and application
<br>For more information about this position, please contact dr. Lotte Asveld
<br>(Assistant Professor), phone: +31 (0)15-27 86691, e-mail:
<br>To apply, please provide a PDF consisting of application letter, CV (with two
<br>professional references), and copies of lists of your courses and grades in
<br>your Masters education. Please e-mail your application by 04-10-2020 to Anka
<br>Montanus, Interviews
<br>are planned for 12-10-2020.
<br>When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TUD00458
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