Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

ReTraCE, H2020-MSCA-ITN: 1-year research fellow position

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    Erasmus University Rotterdam via AcademicTransfer
    EconomicsEconomic policy
    EconomicsEconomics of development
    EconomicsEnvironmental economics
    EconomicsLabour economics
    Environmental scienceEcology
    Environmental scienceNatural resources management
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/04/2021 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › The Hague
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions



Applications are invited for a one-year fixed-term research fellow position to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “ReTraCE” – Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy” (www.retrace-itn.eu) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

This network brings together an exceptionally strong team of world-leading experts from a wide set of beneficiaries and partners in order to achieve breakthroughs in understanding how the transition towards a Circular Economy (CE) can be realised in a successful way in the European context, both within existing organisations and industries as well as through innovative and sustainable business models. The proposed approach is inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing upon research that will advance significantly the state-of-the-art in terms of the current understanding of the applicability of the CE paradigm from Economic, Environmental and Social points of view, providing policy insights and implications for practice.

The project is looking for a research fellow to join the workpackage group on Political, Ecological and Behavioural Economics, ESR 12 position who will be working on an already defined research project title: What theory of value for a Circular Economy?

The research focuses on the food that fuels the growth-driven free-market economy are natural resources. The circular economy (CE) aims to optimally use the natural resources. The current over-exploitation of natural resources leads to degradation of natural ecosystems and loss of its ecosystem services, such as climate change mitigation potential. Therefore, the CE concept focuses on resource efficiency towards curbing the excessive exploitation of natural resources. But, nature is only instrumentally valued as a resource that enters into the CE with the intention for its maximal retention in the cycle. The selected candidate will critically engage with this approach, exploring if and how a different notion of value can be developed within the context of CE. To do so, the selected candidate will conduct both theoretical and empirically-grounded research in relation to key sectors such as extractive industries.

The objectives of this research is to: i) To understand the key differences, if any, between traditional linear and circular economies in terms of value creation; ii) To review current theories of value creation, including both subjective ones (e.g., preference- or utility-based) and intrinsic ones (e.g. cost-based, energy based); iii) To investigate the applicability of current value-creation theories to a Circular Economy; iv) To develop a novel value creation theory for CE systems.




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The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations according to the early stage researchers allowance. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction coefficients (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). Basic gross rates include a living allowance (€3270 taxes per month – subject to taxes, social security, employee and employer pension contributions), a mobility allowance (€600 per month) and a family allowance (€500, if applicable).

The research fellow will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and Training costs for a variety of training modules, transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. Funding will be for one-year.

Eligibility criteria

The research fellow must be at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and do not hold a doctorate.

This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

The following further conditions apply:

- Conditions of international mobility of researchers: the research fellow can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

- English language: the fellow must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English (C1 level) for them to fully engage with the ReTraCE research, training and networking activities. Participating institutions might also have specific rules in place for testing English proficiency.

Selection process

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to send their CV, motivation letter, university degrees and transcripts and proof of last place of residence in the last 3 years to Ms. Sharmini Bisessar at bisessar@iss.nl by Friday, April 30th.

Preferred start date: 15 June 2021; end date: 14 June 2022.

Additional comments

The position will be hosted at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Due to the pandemic the research fellow will be working from her/his home country until permission is given to travel by The Netherlands government.

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Offer Requirements

    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent


Required Education Level

MSc/MA in Political Economy, Ecological Economics, Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies or related topics


Applicants are expected to have an outstanding education record, be highly motivated and proactive, have excellent organisation and communication skills, be able to work independently as well as in a team, and be eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences and seminars.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Specific Requirements

Required Languages

ENGLISH: C1 level

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.

A research fellow are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and do not hold a doctorate. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

Work location(s)
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International Institute of Social Studies
The Hague
Kortenaerkde 12

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