Title: Associate Professor in Waste Management & Resource Recovery
Institution: University of Southern Denmark http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/Ikbm_kemi_bio-_og_mijoeteknologi
Location: Odense, Denmark
Deadline: June 15, 2014
Associate Professor in Waste Management & Resource Recovery
The Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark invites application for an Associate Professor position within the field of Waste Management & Resource Recovery. The position is available starting August 15th, 2014 or later.
The Life Cycle group
The successful applicant will join our international Life Cycle research group. The group is acknowledged for its unique research in Life Cycle Engineering and systems integration, applying a holistic understanding and global view on the sustainable development, optimization and integration of key sectors such as agriculture, energy, industry and waste management under present and future framework conditions. The group was founded seven years ago and has been steadily growing. Today we count ten researchers from six countries and are about to expand again with a round of five new employments. We are engaged in a large number of strategic research projects within five core areas: Carbon management & bioresources; Waste & resource management; Energy system analysis & design; Product assessment & design; Water & cleantech in industry. Our research is mainly externally funded by a large variety of sources from EU projects, national strategic research projects, sector research projects (e.g. the Danish EPA and Energy Agency) to private company projects and NGO projects.
Our education & teaching portfolio covers a broad range of technology and science courses related to these research areas. We are running our university’s Master program in Environmental Engineering and are strongly involved in both the Bachelor and Master programs on Energy Technology and on Integrated Design and Product Design and Innovation.
The Associate Professor in Waste Management & Resource Recovery
The research topic is system engineering and system analysis for waste management systems focusing on advanced technologies for waste separation and resource recovery. We have a large focus and project portfolio on electric and electronic waste products aiming at enhanced material recovery from this waste fraction including metals and rare earth elements. Further, in our research portfolio as well as our education, we aim to translate our understanding of end-of-life systems into guidelines for new product design.
The associate professor is expected to:
• engage in and perform research of high international standard,
• contribute to the further development of the waste management & resource recovery research within the Life Cycle Group of the Department,
• play an active role in securing external research funding,
• publish in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as engage in other forms and levels of research dissemination,
• participate in the teaching and administrative work of the department, including the development of new courses related to waste management & resource recovery and/or other topics,
• supervise or assist in the supervision of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD students as required.
The associate professor is, from the beginning of the employment, expected to be affiliated to the large portfolio of existing research projects on waste management & resource recovery in the group, including:
• INNOSORT: A large innovation consortium on waste sorting, our focus in the project being on end-of-life scenarios for electric and electronic products, including alternative automated sorting and dismantling operations and subsequent component and material recognition and sorting/separation, see more at http://innosort.teknologisk.dk/
• AUTOSORT: a PhD project on central automated sorting including sensor based sorting with a focus on household waste and on comparisons between source separation and central separation, see more at http://www.3r.env.dtu.dk/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=123&Itemid=26
• TOPWASTE: A large research consortium on optimizing household waste management systems in the framework of future renewable energy systems, with a special focus on bio-waste management, see more at www.topwaste.dk
• Resource Criticality: a PhD project on critical resources assessment and recovery (within TOPWASTE), with the objective to develop advances in methodological approaches to assessing resource criticality and focusing on the rare earth elements of Neodymium and Dysprosium, see more at http://www.3r.env.dtu.dk/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=125&Itemid=26
• REEgain: A large innovation consortium on innovative design and reuse of permanent magnets and on the recovery of their content of rare earth elements, see more at www.reegain.dk/
• ReThink Resources: An innovation program on resource savings and recovery from improved product design focusing on the design for end-of-life performance of a variety of selected case product together with case companies. No homepage yet.
• Resource Recovery from Waste - Case Study on Shredder Residues: a PhD project about to finalize – focusing on the recovery f resources from present as well as historical landfilled shredder residues by size fractionation and advances in recovery techniques, see more at http://www.3r.env.dtu.dk/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=102&Itemid=26
All PhD projects within the field of waste management & resource recovery are affiliated to the PhD school called 3R – Residual Resources Research Graduate School within which we are also member of the board, see http://www.3r.env.dtu.dk/
The group has, moreover, several activities seeking further funding in the research field of waste management and resource recovery, and the associate professor is expected to take a leading role in the anchoring of these in the group. This rapidly growing field of research has promising future perspectives in both research and innovation, and our collaboration network covers internal collaboration with the Faculty’s strong research group on sensing and robotics (http://caro.sdu.dk), leading technology service institutions on waste management (www.DTI.dk), as well as many private waste management companies.
Qualifications and skills
Successful applicants must hold a PhD-degree in technical or natural science or be able to document similar qualifications, and preferably have a documented engineering background or similar. The ideal candidate has strong knowledge on waste and waste management, preferably on technological systems for sorting and separation of waste, like in mechanical-biological treatment systems (MBT) including sensor based sorting and other mechanical-physical operations. Knowledge on Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is considered an advantage, but not a precondition. Experience in project management as well as good communication skills are also core competencies.
In addition, the successful applicant is expected to have an international profile and a well documented record of research in the area of waste management.
Fluency in English is required for this position, and capabilities to communicate in Danish are an advantage, but not a precondition.
For more information please contact Professor Henrik Wenzel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application, salary and conditions of employment, etc. Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty. As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2013
Applications must be submitted online using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. The Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.
Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
An application must include:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Diplomas/Certificates (Master's degree certificate and the latest certificate)
• Teaching portfolio (please see below)
• List of publications indicating the publications attached
• Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be part of this pdf-file
• Co-author statements
Applicants for an associate professorship at the Faculty of Engineering are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications.
The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.
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