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Der neue Exzellenzcluster Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) der Universität Freiburg sucht für den Aufbau und die Etablierung des Clusters

Doctoral Position in the area of Sustainability Assessments of Technologies

Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 15.02.2019

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

The candidate will be involved in the creation of a development-accompanying sustainability assessment system for technologies. The goal is the design of a graduated interdisciplinary development-accompanying sustainability assessment method, called TAPASS (Tiered Approach for Prospective Assessment of Benefits and Challenges). It can be characterized as a heuristic-systematic approach that aims to pose the “right” questions and to give recommendations in order to challenge, substantiate and further develop the livMatS claims. Existing assessments systems will be reviewed to understand which assessment criteria explicitly and implicitly are applied today and to predict how they will develop in the next years. In the field of society and consumers narratives, philosophical and psychological influences play an important role. A first outline of the TAPASS framework should be created. As one of the core elements of this framework a SWOT matrix (analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) should be developed. This matrix should be applied to living materials systems and process options, which emerge during the development processes of livMatS (first three years). Due to the assumed low Technology Readiness Levels of the new concepts, an iterative approach to sustainability assessment should be proposed looking for example to toxicology and availability of ressources. It should begin with a qualitative investigation that is gradually refined with semi-quantitative and quantitative data in iteration steps closely linked to the ongoing progresses of research in other areas of livMatS.

Candidates should have completed a master’s degree in Engineering, and have further education in the social sciences or have carried out work on these topics. Candidates should be in charge of life cycle assessment software and have carried out LCA or environmental assessments according to ISO 14040 or sustainability assessments in their final theses or follow-up work.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (Bachelor and Master certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 14.02.2022. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000250, by date 09.01.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

E-Mail (please one single pdf file): AND

For further information, please contact Herr Prof. Dr. Rainer Griesshammer on the phone number +49 171-2044875 or E-Mail