PhD position Accounting & Modeling Carbon Flows and Stocks in the Global Economy


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. With its 32,000 students and Nobel prize winning researchers, University of Groningen ranks among the top universities globally. It is situated in the vibrant capital of the northern Netherlands, Groningen.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

A fully funded 4-year PhD position is available in the group of Professor Klaus Hubacek in the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute of the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Job description

Our research aims at understanding the role of fossil carbon as a feed-stock for the global production network (technosphere). You will have the following main responsibilities and tasks:

• Develop your own research project contributing to the reconstruction of the global carbon flows and stocks of synthetic origin in the global technosphere.
• Develop your research availing by methodologies such as: multi-regional input-output analysis, lifecycle analysis, network theory and material flow accounting.
• You will receive excellent training through innovative research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching.
• Conduct independent and original scientific research, report on this research in international publications and presentations, and present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years.
• Contribute 10% of the overall workload to teaching.

We are looking for students with backgrounds in economics, environmental sciences, engineering, computer science or any other related fields who are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary research environment studying the energy and material metabolism of the global economy.


You should have the following qualifications:

• a MSc degree with specialization in economics, environmental sciences or related disciplines is required
• excellent communication skills and command of the English language
• ability to work independently and in a team
• highly motivated, proactive and diligent
• experience in modeling global value chains, input-output analysis or similar modeling approaches and carbon accounting.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,325 in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year (PhD salary scale), based on a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3 year-end bonus
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The position offered is for four years. First, you will be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate whether a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Science and Engineering of the Faculty.

The starting date is flexible.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include (as a single PDF file):

• cover letter with background and motivation to apply for this position
• curriculum vitae, including details of bachelor and master degrees, list of data analysis experience as well as other skills and a publication list
• a certified copy or scan of your MSc diploma (or equivalent; provide a certified University letter stating when your graduation will be if between the application deadline and start of the project) and academic records and proof of sufficient competence in English
• contact details of 2 academic references who can provide information on your suitability for the position
• a research proposal of no more than 2 pages in the context of the indicated research direction as listed above.

You may apply for this position until 22 March 11.59pm / before 23 March 2020 CET by means of the online application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews are scheduled to take place in Groningen or via Skype.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP) and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Klaus Hubacek

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220086

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Professor Klaus Hubacek More information about the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute

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