Environmental impact assessment of innovative small-scale fruit and vegetables processing systems

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

August 30, 2022

Description

Environmental impact assessment of innovative small-scale fruit and

vegetables processing systems

(ref. BAP-2022-578)

Last modification : Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Division of Bio-economics, which is part of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven (Belgium), is looking for a research assistant for the social, economic and environmental impact assessment of small-scale fruit and vegetables processing systems, as part of the European project FOX (Food in a bOX). The candidate should start as soon as possible. The researcher will be based at the campus in Leuven (Heverlee), Belgium, and will work under the supervision of Prof. Liesbet Vranken and Prof. Erik Mathijs. Project: Food in a bOX FOX started on the 1st of July 2019 and is a 5-year European research project. FOX aims to develop innovative types of small-scale processing systems suitable for mobile or flexible units for fruit and vegetable producers and/or small and medium-sized enterprises of the first processing stage. The project is primarily oriented towards small-scale technologies that yield high-quality products with high nutritional value in response to consumer needs. Consequently, the FOX approach focusses on mild and minimal processing and takes into account the entire food value chain. The research assistant will be involved in the environmental and economic impact assessment of the proposed technologies, and for six selected model regions throughout Europe. The researcher can built on data and analysis that have already been carried out during the first phase of the project.

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Responsibilities

Economic and environmental impact assessment of small-scale fruit and vegetables processing systems in accordance with the FOX project description – building on previous work carried out in the FOX project

Take active part in the discussion with the other FOX partners involved in the impact assessment

Synthesize research results in peer-reviewed journal articles

Present results to academic and policy audiences in meetings, forums, workshops and conferences

Cooperation in the organization of workshops that take place in the framework of the FOX project

Profile

Master degree in Bio-Science Engineering, Economics or a Master's degree with great affinity with sustainable food production and consumption.

A background in Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Costing

Excellent communication skills in English – both orally and written

Ability to work collaboratively in an international environment

Strong interest in integrating knowledge across natural, social, economic and health sciences

Offer

A one year position (linked to a salary in Academic staff scale 43 (https: // www. kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/werken-bij-kuleuven/werken-bij- kuleuven), that can be extended (up to 2 years) after positive evaluation

Additional benefits in terms of health insurance, free travel to and from work by means of public transport or bicycle allowance, free bicycle use, access to university sports facilities, child care opportunities, ….

The possibility to follow academic, thematic and skills training courses at KU Leuven

A dynamic and multi-cultural work environment

Participation in a European research projects involving both academic and non- academic partners

Interested?

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