Contract type: Internship
Duration: 6 months
The successful candidate will join the “Environmental Research and Innovation” (ERIN) department. With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the department has the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our society is facing today: climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.
The "Environmental Research and Innovation" (ERIN) department of LIST has an opening for an Intern position. The intern will be integrated in the SUSTAIN Unit, which develops knowledge, transferable (software) technologies and practical methods for the integrative evaluation and management of the sustainability and toxicological risks of human-driven systems.
Awareness on the presence of hazardous substances in construction materials and the desire to use "healthier" construction materials is increasing, but available information is still limited to make an informed choice.
The trainee would assess available information on hazardous substances in construction materials, based on a review of the current legislative framework in the EU, literature and available databases. Strategies to substitute hazardous substances with less hazardous alternatives and/or identification of decontamination and recycling technologies could be determined for a selection of substances in construction materials. The targeted outcome is an improved information basis to support the selection of construction materials with less human health and environmental risks.
The trainee will learn about the application of EU chemical and products legislations to a group of products, namely construction products, and will gain a better understanding of health and environmental risks of these products.