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Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research fellow, with at least 3-years post-doctoral experience to work in the Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE), Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon. Researchers are sought to work in one of the following research areas:
A. Ecological economics and environmental management - applicants in this area will collaborate in two major lines of research of the Ecological Economics and Environmental Management (ECOMAN) group:
- Environmental policy instruments with a special focus on participatory design of policies, innovative policy instruments and frameworks for policy evaluation. Knowledge about public and stakeholder views on environmental issues, policy instruments and impacts is essential to understand public support to policies and to anticipate individual motivations and behaviour. The development of policy instruments with the early participation of stakeholders, allows the integration of different views, values and knowledge, increasing the potential of policy success. A special attention will be given to research on value-based policies in biodiversity and water management, taking into account the economic valuation of biodiversity and water-related ecosystem services.
- Study the role of innovation and transitions to sustainable development. This implies the development of approaches for the management of co-evolution processes and orientation of public and private actors towards sustainability goals. Within this broader line of research, an emphasis will be put in the study of the relation between consumption and the environment, focusing in the study of the driving forces behind growing consumption, on the study of the environmental impacts of consumption and on the development of policies and instruments to influence consumption patterns. The development of sustainable systems, products and processes and the study of the relation between public policies and corporate sustainability strategies are also future areas of research with this broader theme.
B. Electro-kinetic remediation – researchers to work on the evaluation of electrokinetic processes to remove selected herbicides/pesticides and pharmaceutically active compounds from contaminated soils, sludges and other porous matrices, with emphasis on the study of the degradation and removal behaviour of these compounds when submitted to an electric field.
The contamination of environmental compartments by chemicals is currently a significant concern. Remediation refers to removing, degrading, or transforming contaminants to harmless or less harmful substances. The electrokinetic process is a remediation technique for removal of contaminants from polluted sites that uses a low-level direct current, as the cleaning agent, to transport the pollutants out of the soil towards one of the electrode compartments, from where they can be removed. The team goal is to study the applicability of electrokinetic processes for remediation of selected compounds, from contaminated soils, sludges and other porous matrices, applying a multidisciplinary approach, in order to understand their behavior, when submitted to the action of an electric field. Electrokinetic remediation techniques have shown to be capable of removing various pollutants from contaminated soils and other porous matrices. This technique has been recently evaluated by team members to remove the organic pollutants atrazine, molinate and bentazone from contaminated soils.
Experiments will be carried out at a laboratory scale. The determination and monitoring of the chemical compounds will be performed by different analytical methods such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry.
C. Energy and air quality modelling - The stabilization of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system (UNFCCC, 1992) implies aggressive emissions reductions in the medium-long term, mainly in developed economies. As a result, many countries have developed national long-term scenarios which approach reduction goals as a top-down political objective and identify the levels of energy consumption, energy sources to meet demand, costs and economic implications, as well as the role of technologies such as hydrogen, renewables or carbon capture and sequestration. These GHG reduction scenarios are closely related with long-term air quality modeling, an area that is becoming highly challenging due to the adoption of a multi-pollutant / multi-gas approach.
Work has been carried out on energy-environment modeling through TIMES_PT, a linear optimization bottom-up technology model generated with the TIMES model generator developed by the IEA. The use of TIMES_PT has supported research on the analysis of energy and environment instruments and on the quantification of the contribution of Portuguese energy policies for CO2 abatement costs for 2020. More recently, work has been undertaken with the general equilibrium GEM-E3 model for Portugal, aiming to develop a methodology to link it with TIMES_PT, through a calibration process based on iterative simulations, obtaining results that combine top-down properties, like macroeconomic feedbacks of a GHG reduction policy, with a bottom-up outcome, i.e. a minimal cost technological detailed energy system.
CENSE and the Madrid Polytechnic University have a joint project where national emission ceilings of several pollutants including particles, acidification and/or eutrophication pollutants, and tropospheric ozone precursors will be evaluated for both countries, until 2020. The goal is to simulate at the Iberian Peninsula scale, but taking into account European scenarios from integrated models such as GAINS, the air quality impacts of different energy / economic scenarios and also to extend the forecasted results to longer term (2030 or more). The objective of the proposed fellowship in this area is to study long-term energy demand and emissions scenarios for the Iberia Peninsula considering both climate conditions and air quality integrating the work on energy-emissions-air quality modeling already in place in the research group.
The selected candidate will collaborate with on-going projects within one of these three lines of research, but is also expected to develop and propose new research projects in collaboration with CENSE staff members and other researchers and cooperate in other activities within the research group, namely teaching, organization of conferences/seminars and PhD students supervision.
Applicants should send a complete CV, as well as a motivation letter and two reference letters by e-mail to Prof. Paula Antunes: firstname.lastname@example.org. An interview may be required prior to selection.
The acceptance of the application and subsequent contract is dependent on the “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” final decision