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PhD position on Sustainable Circular Economy
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
The Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) within the Department
of Management, Technology, and Economics of ETH Zurich investigates
technological, institutional and organizational change in different sectors.
Sustainable Circular Economy is one perspective we are using to understand the
transition of industries towards sustainability. In the plastics industry, one
of our focus industries, innovation is happening on all levels and we expect
to learn much from this for future change in other industries. Right now, a
few potentially disruptive innovations are being developed, one of which is
chemical recycling. As part of a long-term industry collaboration, we want to
better understand what this kind of innovation might imply for the economy and
invite applications for a PhD position on Sustainable Circular Economy.
Your research will focus on plastic recycling technologies that are key for a
sustainable circular economy. Your main activity is the qualitative and
quantitative analysis of the innovation environment and trajectory of the
selected technologies in different geographies with a focus on chemical
recycling. This includes, for example, the analysis of different business
models along the value chain as well as regulatory boundary conditions which
affect the business case and ultimately the material flow and production. Your
work will make an important contribution to the question in which applications
and with which infrastructure plastics can be brought onto the market in the
future in a sustainable way. To gain the necessary insights into the
respective innovation processes, but also to bring your research results to
practical impact, you will be in frequent exchange with our industry partners.
An integral part of your work is publishing your results in peer-reviewed
journals as well as more outreach-oriented formats. In addition, you will
supervise master students and support the group with other activities, for
example related to teaching.
Your previous activities reflect your strong interest in sustainability-
related technologies and business strategies, ideally already related to the
You have a university-level master's degree in a field of study related to
engineering, economics or environmental science. Your excellent academic
record underlines your ability to think analytically, and at the same time
across disciplines, both on an abstract and an applied level.
Work experience is a plus, especially in areas related to sustainability or
the circular economy. You are fluent in English and have at least a working
knowledge of German. Your working style is team-oriented and you have strong
communication skills. Beyond sustainability and circular economy, you have an
interest in current political and societal discussions.
We offer an entrepreneurial research atmosphere within a dynamic team at a
globally leading academic institution. We also offer national and
international development opportunities through collaborations within academia
and with industry, as well as an attractive location. The annual salary is
very competitive, and the starting date is negotiable.
ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science
and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge
fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over
30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place
that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires
excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over
the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of
today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following
Letter of motivation including your research interests
CV including contact details of two referees
BSc & MSc grades
Written work of yours (e.g. your master thesis)
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our
online application portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
and the position will remain open until filled. Applications via email or
postal services will not be considered.
For additional information about the Group for Sustainability and Technology,
please visit our web page at www. SusTec.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the
position should be directed to Dr. Catharina Bening (email@example.com).
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We
promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and
learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and
students are respected. Visit ourEqual Opportunities and Diversity website to
find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to
grow and flourish.
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