PhD: Circular Economy Strategies for Games Consoles

University of Surrey - Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Supervisor: Professor Chris France

The University of Surrey, in collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability programme. Hosted by the internationally acclaimed Centre for Environment and Sustainability, the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability programme is the first of its kind, offering talented and ambitious researchers a unique experience in collaborative research spanning industry and academia. As a researcher on this programme (“Doctoral Practitioner” or “DP”), you will be primarily based with your industrial sponsor (“Partnering Organisation” or “PO”), Sony, for the majority of your time on the programme, which will give you valuable industry experience that you could not otherwise gain from a “traditional” PhD. You will benefit from a personalised programme of skills training and academic modules.

Applications are invited from self-motivated and enthusiastic candidates who should have completed an undergraduate or first degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering, a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject area e.g. environmental management and sustainability OR 2–3 years’ work experience in a relevant field e.g working within environmental management or working with life cycle thinking.

Candidates will be expected to clearly outline the relevance of their prior experiences and address all aspects of the person specification in their covering letter.

Project Aims

The aim of this project is to investigate the relative environmental impacts and benefits of various strategies and approaches to Circular Economy. There is much discussion within academia, and amongst policy makers, on how to make a transition from an economy mainly based on a linear form extraction of virgin resources to final product disposal at end-of-life, to a circular model where materials, components and products are kept in use. The assumption behind this approach is that it will, due to reduction of raw material use, lead to the reduction in environmental impacts.

Through practical case studies within industry, the research engineer will be at the cutting edge of research in this area. It is expected that the research will investigate and test the various underlying assumptions behind ‘circular economy’, as well as determine and refine the best approaches to sustainable materials management within the electrics industry.

Person specification

  • An interest in the application of circular economy and life cycle thinking are desirable, full training to be provided
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and adaptable with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills essential
  • The candidate must be able to display a strong capacity for independent thought, as well as a pragmatic attitude to working within industry
  • A robust and creative approach to work
  • Independent thinking with a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems

How to Apply

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Key Dates and Information

This project starts 2nd October 2017. The successful candidate will be primarily based in London, UK. 

The successful candidate will receive a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum. Stipends are usually tax-free and DPs will also benefit from an additional £500 p.a. allowance for attendance at conferences etc. In addition to this, full-time tuition fees will be covered at the current Home/EU rate for the duration of the programme.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 27th August 2017 and Interviews for this post will take place in Guildford on Monday 4th September.

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