182 applications received for NEW-MINE – Thank you!    30 candidates preselected on 10 August 2016

Detailed time schedule for Recruitment Event is shown below!

For 15 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ETN Project NEW-MINE (EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining, Project 721185)

15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “NEW-MINE – EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. NEW-MINE is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and UK.

Key dates:

10 AUGUST: Circulation of communication list “preselected candidates”

Veronika Rieckh Santos João Guilherme Ascencão
Helga Konstanze Zschoke Gomez Rueda Yamid Daniel Garces
Christin Bobe Huang Luofeng Boyu Chen
Cristina Gloria Garcia Lopez Giacomo Damilano Patricia Rabelo Monich
Sedef Pinar Basag Franziska Antonia Lang Giovanna Sauve
Bastian Küppers Marco Gigantino Justus Caspers
Denis Werner Emine Kayahan John Laurence Esguerra
Juan Carlos H. Parrodi Hugo Ignacio Lucas Paul Valentin Einhäupl
Nabil Jan Abdalla Elwakeel Fabio Zheng Maik Birnbach
Zaini IIman Nuran Georgia Flesoura Rebeca Espinosa

6 SEPTEMBER: Recruitment event in Leuven for preselected candidates

Schedule for RE (first draft)
Time Group 1. WP1 (ESR1-4) (Meeting room 1) (9 applicants) Jury: JONES (MST KU Leuven – moderator & time keeper), VAN MEIRVENNE/VAN DE VIJVER, WAGLAND, PRETZ/CLAUSEN, POMBERGER/HÖLLEN, DAUGE
8.35-9.00 Veronika Rieckh
9.00-9.25 Helga Konstanze Zschoke
9.25-9.50 Christin Bobe
9.50-10.15 Cristina Gloria Garcia Lopez
10.15-10.30 SHORT BREAK
10.30-10.55 Sedef Pinar Basag (tbc)
10.55-11.20 Bastian Küppers
11.20-11.55 Denis Werner
11.55-12.20 Juan Carlos Hernandez Parrodi
12.20-12.30 Nabil Jan Abdalla Elwakeel
12.30-13.00 First discussion amongst Supervisors
14-14.50 Second discussion amongst Supervisors
14.50-17.30 Pre-kick-off meeting (PLENARY SESSION, including final decision on Recruitment)
Time Group 2. WP2 (ESR5-8) (Meeting room 2) (8 applicants) Jury: MACHIELS (MST KU Leuven – moderator/time keeper), YANG, HELSEN, STEINFELD/JOVANOVIC
9.00-9.25 Zaini IIman Nuran (video)
9.25-9.50 João Santos
9.50-10.15 Gomez Rueda Yamid
10.15-10.30 SHORT BREAK
10.30-10.55 Huang Luofeng
10.55-11.20 Giacomo Damilano
11.20-11.55 Franziska Antonia Lang
11.55-12.20 Marco Gigantino
12.20-12.30 Emine Kayahan
12.30-13.00 First discussion amongst Supervisors
14-14.50h Second discussion amongst Supervisors
14.50-17.30 Pre-kick-off meeting (PLENARY SESSION, including final decision on Recruitment)
Time Group 3. WP3-WP4 (ESR9-15) (Meeting room 3) (13 applicants) Jury: WOSTYN (MST KU Leuven – moderator/time keeper), FRIEDRICH, PONTIKES, SEGATA, BERNARDO, VAN ACKER, KROOK/SVENSSON, VAN PASSEL
8.35-9.00 Hugo Ignacio Lucas
9.00-9.25 Fabio Zheng
9.25-9.50 Georgia Flesoura
9.50-10.15 Guilherme Ascencao
10.15-10.30 Boyu Chen (video)
10.30-10.55 Daniel Garces (tbc)
10.55-11.20 Patricia Rabelo Monich
11.20-11.55 Giovanna Sauve
11.55-12.20 Justus Caspers
12.20-12.30 John Laurence Esguerra
12.30-13.00 Paul Valentin Einhäupl
14-14.25h Maik Birnbach
14.25-14.50 Rebeca Espinosa
14.50-17.30 Pre-kick-off meeting (PLENARY SESSION, including final decision on Recruitment)

7 SEPTEMBER: Circulation of Communication list “recruited NEW-MINE ESRs”

All applications proceeded through the on-line recruitment portal on this web address:



ESR Position Topic Main Host
ESR1 Modelling the landfill subsurface through integration of multi-sensor geophysical data UGent (Belgium) & Cranfield University (UK)
ESR2 Validation and expansion of the geophysical model by mechanical processing RWTH Aachen (Germany) & Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)
ESR3 Modelling and validation of sensor-based sorting technologies of intergrown and surface-defiled waste RWTH Aachen (Germany) & Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)
ESR4 Production of Refuse Derived Fuel from presently inappropriate waste fractions Shanks (Belgium) & Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria)
ESR5 Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste treatment by a steam plasma gasification KTH (Sweden) & KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR6 Syngas purification by plasma tar cracking KU Leuven (Belgium) & KTH (Sweden)
ESR7 Solar-driven thermochemical conversion of RDF – Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses and heat/mass transfer modelling ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
ESR8 Solar-driven thermochemical conversion of RDF – Solar reactor development ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
ESR9 Hollow electric arc conditioning of slags from thermochemical conversion technologies RWTH Aachen (Germany)
ESR10 Novel mechanical and electro-thermal techniques for the conditioning of slags from thermochemical conversion technologies KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR11 Responsive inorganic polymers being reusable and recyclable for near-zero energy dwellings Italcementi  (Italy)
ESR12 Waste-derived glass-ceramic products with novel functionalities University of Padova (Italy)
ESR13 Integrated LCA and RA methodology for environmental assessment of ELFM KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR14 Techno-Economic and Multi-Criteria Assessments of ELFM concepts and technologies Linköping University (Sweden)
ESR15 Policy and market interventions for facilitating ELFM implementation Linköping University (Sweden)

Public Abstract NEW-MINE: Europe has somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites, with an estimated 90% of them being “non-sanitary” landfills, predating the EU Landfill Directive of 1999. These older landfills tend to be filled with municipal solid waste and often lack any environmental protection technology. In order to avoid future environmental and health problems, many of these landfills will soon require expensive remediation measures. This situation might appear bleak, but it does present us with an exciting opportunity for a combined resource-recovery and remediation strategy, which will drastically reduce future remediation costs, reclaim valuable land, while at the same time unlocking valuable resources. However, the widespread adoption of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) in the EU, as envisaged by NEW-MINE, urgently requires skilled scientists, engineers, economists and policy makers who can develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly ELFM practices and regulatory frameworks. All this demands a European commitment to concerted, inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation. NEW-MINE trains 15 earlystage researchers (ESRs) in all aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation and multi-criteria assessments. The technological innovation follows a value-chain approach, from advanced landfill exploration, mechanical processing, plasma/solar/hybrid thermochemical conversion and upcycling, while the multi-criteria assessment methods allow to compare combined resource-recovery/remediation ELFM methods with the “DoNothing”, “Classic remediation” and “Classic landfill mining with (co-)incineration” scenarios. By training the ESRs in scientific, technical and soft skills, they become highly sought-after scientists and engineers for the rapidly emerging landfill-mining and broader raw-materials industries of Europe.

Beneficiaries: KU Leuven, RWTH Aachen, UGent, Montanuniversität Leoben, Unversity of Padova, ETH Zürich, Linköping University, KTH Stockholm, Shanks, Italcementi

Partner Organisations: ScanArc, Stadler, JMR (Group Machiels), Stadler, BAV, University of Antwerp, Cranfield University

Dr. Ir. Peter Tom Jones – General Coordinator MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE
Senior Research Manager Urban/Landfill Mining, KU Leuven Industrial Research Fund (IOF)
General Coordinator European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO)
Department Materials Engineering, KU Leuven
Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, BE-3001 Leuven, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 486 83 64 94
Email: peter.jones@kuleuven.be
SIM² KU Leuven: set.kuleuven.be/mrc/sim2/
RARE³ KU Leuven: http://www.kuleuven.rare3.eu/
EURELCO: www.eurelco.org

More info here: 15 PhD positions EU H2020 MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE (PDF)