Postdoctoral Researcher: Societal Aspects of Industrial Deca...
0.8 - 1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 3,974 - € 5,439
Nijmegen School of Management
23 September 2022
The Institute for Management Research seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher for a research project on societal aspects of industrial decarbonisation. The position is part of the EU-funded (Horizon Europe) 'CalBy2030' project: Calcium looping to capture CO2 from industrial processes by 2030. The CalBy2030 project focuses on advancing novel CO2 capture technologies in the steel industry, the cement industry and in bio-combined heat and power and energy recovery.
In this project, which is a collaboration of 21 European partners, you will work on one of the key challenges in addressing climate change: how to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in energy-intensive industries in a couple of decades' time. Industry accounts for nearly a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and it is notoriously difficult to reduce those emissions. One of the mitigation options is CO2 capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS): the capture of CO2, and its transport and subsequent storage in long-lived products or in geological formations. Many industries are turning to CCUS for emission reductions in the short term, so over the next decade or so. However, CCUS, similar to many other mitigation options, requires societal support and governmental policy aligned with feasible business model innovations, which often raises significant challenges. This is even more pronounced if society and industry move towards a 'negative emissions' world, wherein industry is expected to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to counterbalance unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions.
The research work consists of assessing the societal preferences and social acceptability of 'zero' or 'negative emissions' demonstration projects with novel technologies in the steel and cement industries, and in bio-combined heat and power and energy recovery in Europe. You will conduct interviews and organise a series of focus groups based on a participative modelling method. You will structure the complex problem of industrial decarbonisation through mapping the dynamics of various stakeholders, their interests, and how those interests are interrelated. You will analyse these maps to identify enablers and barriers of industrial decarbonisation as well as formulate recommendations for intervention points to accelerate the transformation that will be needed for industry.
You have a PhD degree in environmental studies, business administration, sociology, public policy and/or other relevant fields, during which you have gained experience in using social science and qualitative analysis methods. An interdisciplinary background is favoured.
You have experience with participative modelling, participative system dynamics, group model building, or comparable participative research methods.
You have an affinity with climate policy and societal acceptability.
You have a sharp analytical mind and excellent writing skills, and an excellent command of English.
You have the ability to work in teams and independently, demonstrable organisational, social and communication skills, and a flexible, pro-active work attitude.
You have an understanding of the European economic, institutional and cultural context.
Work experience outside of academia in climate change and/or energy-intensive industry, such as in the private sector or in government, is an asset.
Nijmegen School of Management enables students, institutions and companies, societal actors and governments to play their part in a transformation towards sustainable societies. In doing so, the faculty is committed to the mission of Radboud University as contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. In the context of our mission 'Responsible governance for sustainable societies', we address scientific and societal challenges from a good governance perspective. Our work focuses on the topics Beyond economy, Climate, Inclusivity, Safety, and Democracy. By building, questioning and extending the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG's), we acknowledge their interrelatedness and focus on a number of grand challenges within society. On topics such as inequality, gender, decent work and poverty, we contribute to innovation and sustainable growth. Besides that, we address environmental and climate challenges, which we seek to contribute towards resolving.
At Nijmegen School of Management, academic research and teaching are carried out in challenging educational programmes. These programmes are offered in the areas of Business Administration, Economics and Business Economics, Geography, Planning and Environment, Political Science and Public Administration. Academic research takes place within the Institute for Management Research (IMR). Research is carried out within the above mentioned domains and in interdisciplinary research groups: the Hot Spots. Around 5,000 students study at the Nijmegen School of Management, and the faculty has around 350 FTE staff.
You will work at the Methods group of the Business Administration department, Nijmegen School of Management. At Radboud University, the project team will further consist of Heleen de Coninck and project leader Vincent de Gooyert.
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
It concerns a temporary employment for 3 years.
You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Would you like more information?
For questions about the position, please contact Vincent de Gooyert, Associate Professor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can contact Heleen de Coninck, Full Professor at email@example.com.
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 23 September, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Vincent de Gooyert. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
A letter of motivation.
A writing sample (e.g. an article manuscript).
The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 October. The second round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 12 October. You would preferably begin employment on 1 January 2023.
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