Junior researcher, LUT School of Energy Systems, Department of Sustainability Science, Research Group of Sustainability Change.
Preferred location: LUT Lahti campus.
The inter-disciplinary Sustainability Change research group focuses on sustainability transition management within the Earth’s boundaries. The central research objectives include climate change mitigation, sustainable business models, institutional changes, consumers’ transition roles, shared value creation, carbon markets and new forms of corporate responsibility.
The junior researcher will work on the research project "Sustainable textile systems: Co-creating resource-wise business for Finland in global textile networks" (FINIX) funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. The project focuses on the promotion of a circular economy in the global context of the textile industry, and the consortium partners come from various Finnish research institutes and universities. The project comprises societal aspects, business development and technological innovation development and provides an excellent opportunity for working in a multi-disciplinary research environment.
In the project, LUT focuses on the impact assessment and governance aspects of sustainable textile production and consumption systems of the future. As a whole, the FINIX project investigates fibres from recycled textiles and waste materials, new business models e.g. for long textile lifespans, digital and other technologies e.g. for the traceability of textiles, and governance innovations for the sustainable management of the industry.
The junior researcher is expected to carry out doctoral research on the socio-economic impacts of new technologies, materials and practices in developing countries, especially in India. These impacts may include, for instance, job creation/losses in new textile value chains, effects on the quality of work, and/or wider social sustainability implications of the textile industry. Together with industrial partners, the junior researcher will explore social sustainability aspects related to the utilization of agricultural and industrial residues in new bio-products.
Academic and personal qualification requirements
Candidates are expected to have completed an MSc degree or equivalent in a relevant field (such as sustainability science, social sciences, business studies/economics or environmental engineering/technology). This position requires strong qualitative research skills and the capacity to conduct fieldwork independently in the context of a developing country. Previous experience of ethnographic research, sustainable business models, and/or systems/life cycle analysis are considered an advantage.
The successful candidate should be highly motivated, creative and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team. The junior researcher is expected to prepare a postgraduate study and research plan and to complete the doctoral studies within the normative duration of the studies for the degree. At LUT University, junior researchers must obtain the postgraduate study right required for completing the doctoral degree within one year of the beginning of the employment relationship.
The employment relationship is fixed-term with a six-month trial period. The position will start with a one-year term and can be extended for another three years, provided that the doctoral studies and research have progressed satisfactorily.
1 November 2019 (negotiable)
The salary is based on the current collective agreement for Finnish universities.
Please submit your application, including a motivation letter and description of your personal research interests, CV, transcript of records and link to or PDF file of your MSc/BSc thesis, by 6 October 2019 (at midnight, Finnish local time, UTC + 3 h) through the university's online application system.
For more details, please contact Assistant Professor Jarkko Levänen, e-mail: email@example.com, mobile phone +358 50 472 5686.