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PhD position Inclusive Value chains for Maritime Biofuels

PhD position Inclusive Value chains for Maritime Biofuels

Job description
The Biotechnology & Society group of Delft University of Technology is looking
for a PhD candidate for a project on inclusive value chains for maritime
biofuels (CLEAN SHIPPING). The shipping industry is in dire need of clean and
sustainable fuels. This project focusses on the major social issues in the
transition to inclusive biobased value chains for maritime biofuels and seeks
to develop new business models to overcome these issues. Reconciling the
targets of sustainable supply security and value creation for local producers
of biomass requires alignment of various actors relevant to the value chain.
Just distribution of risks and benefits is key in achieving this alignment.
The project involve case-studies for different feedstocks in Africa and
South-America. Relevant actors and their particular interests and perspectives
will be investigated through interviews and surveys. The results will be
translated into guidelines to set up inclusive biobased value chains.
The research will be conducted in close collaboration with a variety of
biobased industry and shipping industry partners. The project is part of a
Responsible Innovation project which also involves another PhD-candidate
focussing on sustainability assessment of biobased value chains, a postdoc
focussing on technical aspects (at a different TUDelft research group) and a
postdoc focussing on sustainable business models. A project description is
available upon request.
Intended starting date is Dec 1, 2020


a Masters degree or near completion of Masters degree in development
studies, innovation studies, Science and Technology Studies, anthropology or a
related subject.
affinity with biobased economy
excellent English writing and presentation skills
qualitative research skills is a pre
willingness to spend time abroad
willingness to work with industry

Applied Sciences
The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with
around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty
conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific
education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active
in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical
Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The Department of Biotechnology concentrates on the multidisciplinary fields
of biocatalysis, metabolic engineering and fermentation technology,
environmental biotechnology bioprocess technology, biotechnology and society.

The Section Biotechnology and Society (BTS) performs leading research on
understanding societal and sustainability aspects and translating this into
responsible innovation and communication of biotechnology for sustainable
development. The group is uniquely positioned in the Department of
Biotechnology and leading in (inter)national programs with academic partners,
industry and government. The team consists of one Full Professor (Patricia
Osseweijer), two Assistant Professors John Posada and Lotte Asveld) and a
growing number of Postdocs, PhDs candidates and MSc students.

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week
and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for
Dutch Universities.

Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact dr. Lotte Asveld
(Assistant Professor), phone: +31 (0)15-27 86691, e-mail:
To apply, please provide a PDF consisting of application letter, CV (with two
professional references), and copies of lists of your courses and grades in
your Masters education. Please e-mail your application by 04-10-2020 to Anka
Montanus, Interviews
are planned for 12-10-2020.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TUD00458
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