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Mondragon Unibertsitatea

OPTIMISATION OF THE LIFE CYCLE CIRCULARITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES THROUGH THE ECODESIGN OF POWER ELECTRONICS

Research Field: Engineering 
Sub Research Field:  

Job Summary

The long-term ambition of the European Union (EU) is to become the world´s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, as highlighted in the European Green Deal and demonstrated by the greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation framework and legally binding goals set in the European Climate Law. This includes a target of reducing net GHG emission by 55% in 2030 as compared to 1990.

Job Description

The deployment of renewable energy sources is, therefore, instrumental for a sustainable energy transition for GHG emissions mitigation. However, these technologies and components (such as power converters) are material-intensive and contribute to life cycle environmental impacts. Thus, renewable energy technologies, components and supporting infrastructures must be designed, developed and managed in the most sustainable possible way through the implementation of circular economy criteria to optimise resource efficiency and environmental performance. This involves a better understanding of design options, resource requirements, use performance and end-of-life alternatives of technology components to identify the most suitable life cycle management strategies.
Consequently, the main goal of this PhD thesis is to support the eco-design of power converters for application in onshore and offshore wind and solar energy production systems through the assessment of the circularity and life cycle environmental performance of a number of technology innovations. This PhD thesis will be funded by the Horizon Europe SiC4GRID project (gathering international academic and industrial partners) that has been recently launched (October 2022): https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101075496.
The student would join the Research Group of Circular Economy and Industrial Sustainability (CEIS) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Mondragon. CEIS is a young dynamic research group that integrates experts from the fields of industrial product design, industrial organisation and production, environmental engineering, corporate social responsibility, and innovation and business management who work closely with industries, business associations and public organisations to facilitate a sustainable energy transition and circular economy deployment. More specifically, the research group works on four major lines of research and innovation: i) circular and sustainable design of products and technologies, ii) circular and sustainable industrial manufacturing, iii) technology-enabled circular and sustainable business models, and iv) circularity and sustainability assessment methodologies, tools and indicators.


Position details
• Researcher profile: First Stage Researcher (R1).
• Research field: Circular Economy, Eco-design, Eco-Innovation, Environmental
Technologies, Life Cycle Assessment, Material Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
Sustainability Indicators.
• Type of contract: 3 years (36 months)
• Job status: Full time
• Hours per week: 40
• Application Deadline: 20-01-2023 (CET, GMT+01:00)
• Starting date: Late-January/Early-February 2023.
• Is the job funded through an EU Research Framework Programme? (YES)
o Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme; Climate, Energy and Mobility.
o Reference number: Grant agreement ID: 101075496.

Hiring Organisation & Offer Posting Contact Details
• Organization: Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Faculty of Engineering.
• Research group: Circular Economy and Industrial Sustainability.
• Organisation type: Higher Education Institute
• Location: 20500, Arrasate-Mondragon, Gipuzkoa, SPAIN
• Contact email: jmfernandez@mondragon.edu.
• Phone: +34943794700

How to apply
1) Option 1: Send an email to Dr. Joan Manuel F. Mendoza (jmfernandez@mondragon.edu)
before January 15, 2022 with subject “ECSI – application” and include the following
documents:
a. Complete CV
b. Motivation letter
c. Recommendation letter would be also appreciated (although not essential)
2) Option 2: Fill up the application forms in the online job application platforms (e.g.
Talents Clue, Euraxes, Science.eus, LinkedIn).

For more information, please contact Joan Manuel F. Mendoza.

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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile First Stage Researcher (R1)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40H  
Company/Institute Mondragon Unibertsitatea - Faculty of Engineering 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Gipuzkoa 
City Arrasate 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization Mondragon Unibertsitatea 
Organization/Institution Type Academic 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Arrasate-Mondragon 
State/Province  
Postal Code 20500 
Street Loramendi 4 
E-Mail jmfernandez@mondragon.edu 
Website www.mondragon.edu 
Phone +34943794700 
Mobile Phone  
Fax  

Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2023-02-01 
Application Deadline 2023-01-20 
How To Apply e-mail  

Additional Requirements

Skill

Some skills acquired after completing the PhD projects
• Project management and development
• Critical thinking and analytical skills
• Fundamental and action research
• High understanding of circular economy and
industrial sustainability concepts and strategies
• Expertise in the development and application of
circularity, eco-design and life cycle assessment
methods, tools and indicators
• Expertise in the publication of journal papers
(preparation, submission, revision)
• Expertise in the participation to international
conferences (oral presentations)
• Expertise in the participation to international
project meetings and research stays
• Planification, organisational, communication and
networking skills

 
Specific Requirements

• Education level:
o Essential: Applicants must hold an official
master’s degree in Power Electronics, Renewable
Energy, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Product
Design.
o Desirable: additional knowledge and training on
Environmental Engineering, Environmental
Technologies, Industrial Ecology, Circular
Economy, or similar.

• Skills and experience (essential or desirable):
o Knowledge in circularity, eco-design and life cycle
assessment methodologies, tools and indicators
(desirable) or high motivation in learning and
applying them.
o High interest and motivation in developing a PhD
thesis and become a researcher.
o Be able to operate both independently and in a
multidisciplinary team.
o Good organisational and time management skills
o Good communication skills
o Excellent work ethics
o Required languages (essential): English – advance
level – written and spoken