Postdoctoral fellow Industrial Ecology | Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Electric Mobility

The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences  are looking for:

Postdoctoral fellow Industrial Ecology | Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Electric Mobility (0.8-1.0 fte; 2-3 years)

Vacancy number: 22-078

Key responsibilities

The electrification of road transportation using renewable energy to fuel electric vehicles (EV) is seen as an important contribution to meet climate targets. The postdoctoral researcher will take part in an upcoming EU Project called TranSensus, which aims at developing a European-wide harmonised transport-specific LCA approach. Through collaboration with the automotive, battery and other important industrial stakeholders as well as key research institutes on this topic, state-of-the-art methodological guidance will be developed in this project to provide fair sustainability assessments for electric vehicles and their supply chains. The focus at Leiden University will be on environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), while social and economic aspects will be considered by partners. Within the project, a variety of mobility scenarios will be developed and assessed over their full life cycle to develop and test a harmonized approach to LCA and LCSA. The ideal starting date would be April-May 2022.

Key tasks:

  • Assessment of the state-of-the-art of LCA approaches used in the transport sector in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners
  • Development of methodological guidance to harmonize the way LCA is performed in the automotive sector.

Selection criteria

  • Profound experience in LCA and good understanding of inventory modelling (including LCI databases) and impact assessment
  • Good knowledge of the electric vehicles and batteries sectors (e.g. through a Ph.D. in related fields);
  • Motivation to develop harmonized LCA approaches in collaboration with other partners; ability to work in a team
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and good communication skill.

Our organization

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core focus of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Environmental Biology (CML-EB). Presently, about 125 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS), Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, and other partners.

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Terms and conditions 
We offer a one year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range is from € 2.846,- to € 4.490,- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.  

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Jeroen Guinée (, Dr. Bernhard Steubing (, or Prof. Arnold Tukker (

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to . Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV
  • A motivation letter
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees

Only applications received before February 28 will be considered. Interviews will take place in March. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

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  • Application deadline: Feb 28, 2022
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