Post-Doctoral Student – LCA Raw Materials and Battery Recycling


29 Nov 2023
Job Information

Research Field
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
1 Jan 2024 – 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Offer Starting Date
1 Feb 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Joining the French Geological Survey (BRGM) means becoming part of France’s leading public institution for Earth Science applications bringing together 1,000 wholeheartedly committed experts across 29 bases in Mainland and Overseas France.

BRGM focuses on enhancing geological knowledge and understanding of surface and sub-surface-related phenomena, with a view to: meeting the challenges of environmental changes through innovative projects with societal implications.

The Water, Environment, Process Development and Analysis Division seeks to provide solutions to societal issues concerning the environmental impacts of human activities on the geosphere (mainly on topics such as circular economy, waste recycling and natural resource management).

You will be joining the Waste, Raw Materials (DEPA/DMP) division team and contribute to the scientific and technical production in the field of processing/recovery of primary and secondary mineral resources (industrial waste, urban mine resources, by-products).

The position will contribute to European and national research projects on assessing the environmental impact of the supply of raw materials for electric mobility.

The position also provides ad hoc support to other unit projects.

Job description

You will be mainly responsible for :

– Assess the environmental impact of the primary and secondary (recycling) production of battery-grade graphite;
– Compare the environmental impact of different Li-ion battery recycling scenarios;
– Integrate recycling quality issues into the environmental assessment;
– Contribute to the development of resource efficiency and criticality indicators for Li-ion battery raw materials;
– Work on communicating and promoting the outputs (writing of deliverables and scientific articles, taking part in conferences).



Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


You have a PhD in environmental assessment or industrial ecology (obtained within the last 3 years). An understanding of the issues associated with the use of natural resources as part of the energy transition and electric mobility will be an additional asset.

Specific Requirements

You will demonstrate the following skills and abilities :

– Skills in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), – Knowledge of the key issues relating to electric mobility, – Knowledge of programming languages R and Python would be an advantage, – Work in a precise manner and ensure compliance with the deadlines and ability to present scientific outputs,
– Ability to work independently in the organisation of daily work and also as part of a multidisciplinary team,
– Communication skills, good interpersonal skills,
– Fluency in English (read, written, spoken),
– Proficiency in French (written and spoken) would be an advantage.


Additional Information

Within an environment that promotes a healthy work/life balance, particularly thanks to remote working, BRGM prides itself on providing a friendly and caring place to work.

Awarded HRS4R certification in 2021, we are committed to supporting you throughout your career at BRGM.

We provide you with a range of tools for developing your skills and expertise, with scope for career progression and geographic mobility.

At BRGM, you will gain from such benefits as a 13th month salary, days off compensating for unpaid overtime, a company canteen, sports facilities as well as holiday and leisure options.

Eligibility criteria

At BRGM, you are guaranteed a transparent recruitment process. To apply, please send us your application (up-to-date CV and cover letter) by 01/01/2024.

Because diversity matters to us at BRGM, all of our job vacancies are open to everyone!

We will examine your application as soon as the closing date has passed. If your application is short-listed, we will contact you for recruitment interviews during which you will have the opportunity to talk with the recruitment and HR departments as well as a cross-functional department.

Additional comments

This full-time position involves travel in France and in Europe for short-term assignments.

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
European Union

Where to apply



Orléans cedex 2
3, Avenue C. Guillemin BP 6009
Postal Code
[email protected]


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