PhD research position for the sustainable use of textiles

Chalmers University of Technology

Information about the division
The Division of Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA) is home to the largest group of quantitative sustainability analysts at a Swedish university. The 35 staff, including 15 PhD candidates, conduct research to find more sustainable technological solutions and to find ways to transform technology systems to better meet the environmental and resource constraints which humanity faces. Life cycle science and technical innovation systems are two key research fields in the Division. We are strongly cross-disciplinary, a fact reflected the presence of staff trained in political science, commerce, engineering and the natural sciences within the Division, as well as in the wide range of scientific journals in which we publish. The researcher will be employed by Chalmers, but the research will be jointly supervised by ESA and the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg.

Major responsibilities
The holder of this position will engage in environmental systems analysis and behavioural research in a unique research facility. Laundries are important for the environment on account of the water, electric power and detergent they consume, the wastewater they generate and the damage they do to clothing. Chalmers has constructed a "Living Lab" in which all energy and water flows are monitored. The researcher will in the Living Lab collect data by observations of behaviours and attitude measurements using surveys, interviews and experimental methods. The researcher will contribute to knowledge regarding the actual behavioural patterns of laundry users, compare the reported with actual habits, and attempt to influence them by various cues and nudging approaches. The researcher will monitor resource and pollution flows and use this information construct a comprehensive assessment of garment life cycles (LCA) under various behavioural scenarios. PhD candidates at Chalmers are primarily engaged in research but are also expected to teach (10-20%) and do coursework.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment, limited to five years.

Qualifications and skills - mandatory

  • Education equivalent to a masters degree in science or engineering - to qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse large datasets and perform statistical tests.

Qualifications and skills - desirable

  • Training or experience in environmental management.
  • Training or experience in analysis of attitude measurements and behavioral data.
  • Ability to speak Swedish.

To be successful in this position you also need to be highly motivated, have a high quality awareness and the ability to work during sometimes stressful conditions.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities.

Application deadline: 28 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Lars-Olof Johansson,, +46 31 786 4696
Professor Greg Peters, Environmental Systems Analysis,, +46 31 772 3003

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

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