14 positions of Early Stage Researchers within a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)

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 expe

cted 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.
1. Description of CASTLE training network
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 casinospill 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.

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