Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CASTLE ITN: 14 ESR positions now open! Early Stage Researchers within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)


Careers in Sustainability Excellence

CASTLE consortium – (Marie Curie Initial Training Network)

Call for applications closes: December 31st 2012

CASTLE consortium – (Marie Curie Initial Training Network) – invites applications for 14 full-time research vacancies for early stage researchers (ESR). Selected researchers are expected to undertake transnational mobility in order to implement an Individual Research Project (IRP) at one of the consortium partner institutions, as well as to participate in a joint network training programme.

By 2020 the increasing demand for biomass as a feedstock for fuel, fibre and food will have measurable economic, environmental and social effects. The forest-based sector is responding to the competition for biomass with innovative products, such as renewable chemicals produced in biorefineries. The agricultural sector is also reinforcing innovations based on fast-growing biomass crops. Such innovations may bear completely new bio-based production systems, the long-term impact of which on the environment, economic viability and social cohesion is difficult to foresee. Policy makers, businesses and civil society organisations demand that the sustainability of new production systems is safeguarded. Hence, sustainability assessment methods that quantify environmental, economic and social impacts are needed for the bio-based economy.
However, so far academic training insufficiently reflects the relevance of sustainability impact assessment in business and policy making. “Careers in Sustainability Excellence” (CASTLE) closes this gap as it combines scientific, innovative, problem-oriented research and practical training of young academics on methods used for sustainability impact assessments in the bio-energy and forest-based sector in Europe. CASTLE educates sustainability experts for the broader bio-based economy.
The scientific programme of CASTLE refines and improves state-of-the art sustainability assessment methods and applies them to current sustainability challenges in industry and policy making. With its training programme, CASTLE imparts a wide range of methods and skills. It covers assessment of direct environmental, economic and social sustainability impacts like GHG-emissions, carbon footprint, structures beneficial for biological diversity, water consumption and pollution, land use, value added, rural development, small business opportunities, job opportunities and recreation. But as the increasing demand for biomass may also induce indirect effects, CASTLE provides training on global market effects and land use changes. Finally, as communication of sustainability issues and interaction with public and civil society organisations becomes increasingly important, training of communication skills essential for e.g. transparent reporting on social corporate responsibility of companies is an important part of CASTLE’s training programme, too.
The CASTLE consortium consists of nine full partners and 10 associated partners from six countries. The ESRs will be hired at the full partners under employment contracts. The duration of the employment is 30-36 months. The compensation will be highly competitive, and the salaries will vary based on the
country where the ESRs will be recruited (country correction factors are given by the European Commission).

More information can be found here.

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