PhD scholarship in Dual Circularity Modelling

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Deadline: 15th June 2020

A PhD student position (3 years) is available at the Section of Engineering Design and Product Development, within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The position is created in connection with the project “Dual Circularity Modelling for Sustainable Industrial and Societal Goods”.

The project is supported by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, a strategic partnership of leading European universities of science and technology committed to excellence in research and education, and is running in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The PhD student will work closely with the consortium partners and industrial stakeholders.

Responsibilities and tasks
One of the most well-known models of the circular economy is the so-called “butterfly diagram”, depicting a series of return loops of a biological cycle on one side of the butterfly, and similar depiction of return loops of a technological cycle on the other side.

To date, however, there are very few approaches that focus on: 

  • how to make the right decisions of which loop to follow, from a sustainability perspective;
  • how to actually transition between the different loops, to become more and more circular.

Furthermore, no research has been carried out regarding the transitions between a technological and a biological cycle and vice versa, beyond few high-level considerations. This PhD project will build an approach to enable the dual circularity modelling of industrial and societal goods, from the perspective of sustainability to analyse the mentioned questions.

The PhD candidate is expected to develop a framework that enables dual circularity modelling of industrial and societal goods, and consider the potential rebound effects linked with Circular Economy. Strong collaboration is expected, both with the researchers from TUM and with industrial stakeholders, for the development, validation and implementation of the proposed framework. The candidate at DTU will focus mainly on the technological cycle, whereas a “partner” PhD candidate at TUM will focus primarily on the biological cycle.

The candidate will publish his/her research results in international peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences and seminars.

More information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Daniela C. A. Pigosso

You can read more about ongoing and previous projects of our research group at, and and about Department of Mechanical Engineering at You can read more about the Circular Economy Group at TUM at



PhD Scholarship in Circularity Modelling

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