To reinforce our team, the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, hosted at the ESCI-UPF in Barcelona, is opening a position for a full-time Junior researcher and PhD fellowship, financed by the National Competitive Project “ECO-TraceFOOD” (Towards More Resilient and Sustainable Food Supply Chains trough Ecolabelling Traceability). We offer further education and professional development in cooperation on an excellent collaborative R&D&I project, leading to the development of a doctoral thesis. The role of the Junior researcher at UNESCO Chair is to manage the project under the supervision of a Senior Researcher.
Location: This position is based at the Chair’s office in Barcelona at ESCI-UPF. Some days of a home office may be negotiated
Duration of the contract: 1 year, with one-year extensions depending on the performance until the end of the three-year project
Starting date: ASAP
ECO-TraceFOOD, dealing with eco-labelling, is subproject 2 of the coordinated project Smart-FOOD Print, led by the University of Cantabria. This project may be seen as a continuation of two previous ones, CERES (2017-2021) and KAIROS-BIOCIR (2020-2024). Ecolabelling is a voluntary method of environmental performance and certification to identify products or services that are environmentally preferable within a specific category. According to ISO, there are three types of environmental labelling. Type 2 are self-proclaimed declarations, mainly by producers. Type I and Type III are multicriterial, based on LCA information acquired following specific rules for each product category and are externally verified. Type I award products better than the rest, and Type III show quantitative information without judging. The food sector has been labelled for organic agriculture, animal welfare, traceability, etc. Knowing the high impact of food, more interest has been raised to assess its product's environmental profile through eco-labelling.
The main results of subproject two and, therefore, the main scientific tasks of the PhD are:
To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (both in English) before December 8th, 2023.
Kindly understand that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Chair strives to be an equal opportunities employer. It undertakes that there shall be no discrimination in employment policies or salaries based on race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious or similar belief, sexual orientation, age, gender reassignment or marital and civil partnership status.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. The UNESCO Chair will perform an initial desk evaluation. Two finalists will be interviewed. The result will be communicated only to the two finalists within five more days. The rest of the candidates will implicitly know they were not chosen.