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  • 19 Feb 2017 3:24 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position on Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

    Institution: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 20, 2017

    We are offering a 100% PhD researcher position on sustainability assessment of urban systems at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, atthe Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The research focus of HERUS is on transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. HERUS is an interdisciplinary team, consisting of social scientists and natural scientists. We combine social science methods with material and energy flow models, using ABM or SD and where appropriate machine learning techniques. A key aspect of our work relates to developing assessment methods for urban systems combining systemic and normative aspects. The research of the PhD student wiIl focus on further developing these sustainability assessment methods. Thereby, the PhD student will combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to elicit and assess the sustainability of urban systems. Depending on the background a specialization in topics such as sustainable health, energy, or wellbeing is possible.

    The PhD position will span maximal 4 years. Working language is English.

    Your job

    • Full responsibility for your own research under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder and Dr. Stefanie Krauth, or

    other postdocs, depending on needs

    • Support to build-up the area of sustainability assessment of urban systems
    • Research in collaboration with the research team and potential city partners
    • Teaching (20%)

    We expect

    • An excellent MSC degree, preferably in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Natural

    Sciences, or other related fields

    • Knowledge of, and high interest in, interdisciplinary approaches and interest to employ methods from different fields such as social science and natural sciences
    • High interest in sustainability issues and the assessment thereof
    • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, social skiNs, good communication, independence, and a high level of motivation for academic research motivated by relevant practical problems
    • French knowledge is an asset

    We offer

    • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modem equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the world’s best scientists
    • Full financial support for four years including conference visits

    • The position is open as of May 2017 or upon agreement

    Please send your application including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and two references until March 20th 2017 in one PDF to: caroIine.buehletepfI.ch

    For questions please contact the head of the laboratory: claudia.binder@epfl.ch

  • 19 Feb 2017 3:16 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doctoral/Senior Scientist Modelling Position

    Institution: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 20, 2017

    We are offering a Post-doctoral /senior scientist position on modelling transitions of urban systems at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The research focus of HERUS is on transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. HERUS is an interdisciplinary team consisting of social scientists and natural scientists. We combine social science methods with material and energy flow models, using ABM or SD and, where appropriate, machine learning techniques. The research of the post-doctoral fellow will focus on developing integrative models and scenarios for transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. The fellow will also contribute to building an ontology for characterizing urban systems as Social-Ecological Technological Systems (SETS), which provides the basis for the modelling endeavours and group collaboration.

    For reference of past work please visit: http://herus.epfl.ch/ 

    The post-doctoral / senior scientist position will span maximal 6 years.

    Working language is English.

    Your job

    • Full responsibility for your own research
    • Research in collaboration with the research team and potential city partners
    • Co-supervision of PhD and MSC student projects and basic administrative support
    • Support to the HERUS Laboratory in ontology and model development
    • Teaching (20%)

    We expect

    • An excellent PhD degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Environmental

    Engineering, or Natural Sciences

    • A strong modelling background and ability to bridge between social and environmental sciences
    • Experience in interdisciplinary research and related skills
    • Experience in transitions research and high interest in understanding and modelling transition processes in urban systems
    • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, proven social skills, good communication skills, independence and a high level of motivation for academic research work motivated by relevant practical problems
    • French knowledge is an asset

    We offer

    • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modem equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the worlds best scientists
    • Full financial support including conference visits
    • The position is open as ofMay 2017 or upon agreement

    Please send your application including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and  two references until March 20th 2017 in one PDF to: catoline.buehletepfl.ch 

    For questions please contact the head of the laboratory: claudia.binder@epfl.ch

    http://herus.epfl.ch/
  • 19 Feb 2017 3:09 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Researcher - "Conceptualizing Global Supply Chains in a Circular Economy

    Institution: Circulus

    Location: Freiburg, Germany

    The newly established research group invites applications of suitable candidates for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher.

    The group aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the emergence and potential pathways of a circular economy in Europe and beyond. To achieve integrated insights into political, economic, and societal change processes, the group combines perspectives from political science, sociology, economics, and engineering/industrial ecology. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and located in an exciting, international network of scholars from diverse disciplines.

    About the job

    The Postdoctoral Researcher’s primary task is to advance our understanding of transformation processes in global supply chains of forest and agriculture-based products related to a circular economy. In particular, the Postdoctoral Researcher will analyze opportunities and constraints to the re-organization of supply chains for a circular economy. She/he will further assess synergies and trade-offs between different sustainability objectives (economic, environmental, and social) along existing and potential future chains. This task will involve case study research and quantitative assessments of industry sectors (e.g. on supply chains developing around food waste or paper board). The results will be aligned with political science knowledge on supply chain regulation for a circular economy (generated by other group members). In the latter task, the Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to cooperate closely with the head of the research group. 

    Within this project, the Postdoctoral Researcher will be given considerable freedom to develop her/his own research program and qualify for an advanced academic career. The post includes the opportunity to participate in the supervision of BSc/MSc/PhD theses and teaching at the Faculty. Pursuing a further qualification (Habilitation) is supported but no requirement.

    Qualifications, competencies & experience

    • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, economics, or related disciplines;
    • Doctoral Degree in the field of ecological economics, industrial ecology or a related field with a strong focus on sustainable supply chains;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and good working knowledge of German;
    • Knowledge of issues and processes related to natural resources, environmental management and sustainability;
    • Knowledge of ecological-economic modeling, ecological footprint accounting, life-cycle assessment;
    • A strong interest in interdisciplinary work, especially with the social/political sciences;
    • Demonstrated experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings at international scientific conferences;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to adapt to an international work environment;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to cooperate closely with the group;
    • Ability to engage with researchers and stakeholders from a range of backgrounds.

    We offer

    The position presents the chance to be part of an interdisciplinary group committed to cutting-edge research in sustainability science. Your position includes participation in national and international scientific conferences and the possibility to acquire further training related to your professional development (https://www.frs.uni-freiburg.de/kurse_postdocs-en/index-en?set_language=en) or teaching and learning (https://www.hochschuldidaktik.uni-freiburg.de). You will be located in an interdisciplinary faculty (focusing on environmental and social science) with renowned staff, excellent research networks and an international, multi-disciplinary student body in the heart of the Black Forest.

    The University of Freiburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its employees and increasing the proportion of female scientists. Consequently, we actively encourage applications from qualified women. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities who will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.

    Full time, to be filled for a 2-year term with the option of a 2-year extension (funding secured). Starting as soon as possible. Annual salary ~51-56,500 EUR, depending on qualification & experience, including social security & pension plan.

    To apply

    Please send a cover and motivation letter (in English, 2 pages max.), a CV, an example of your scientific writing, copies of relevant school and university certificates and transcripts, and contact details of at least two references. Please submit all materials through mail or e-mail in one PDF file named with your surname (e.g. Smith.pdf) to sina.leipold@ifp.uni-freiburg.de

    Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

    For questions about the job, please contact Dr. Sina Leipold (sina.leipold@ifp.uni-freiburg.de). 

    For more information about the research group, visit www.circulus-project.de

  • 06 Feb 2017 9:36 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality Management

    Institution: Johannes Kepler University (JKU)

    Location: Linz, Austria

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    The Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria – www.jku.at/iqd – conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching at the interface of Sustainability, Innovation and Quality Management for developing knowledge for the management of (closed) product life cycles – using concepts such as Sustainability-Oriented Innovation, Circular/Cradle to Cradle Design, Product-Service Systems, Business Models und Management Systems. IQD has recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Circular Economy initiative.

    Your tasks:

    - Mentoring of the institute’s PhD students and related research projects

    - Developing and managing an own research project

    - Publishing in high quality scientific journals

    - Teaching responsibility (ca. 4 ECTS/semester)

    - Contributing to the flourishing of an ambitious young institute

     Your profile:

    - PhD/Doctorate degree (or close to graduation) in a relevant management field

    - German language capability (CEFR B2) next to very good English skills

    - Experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals

    - Enthusiasm for research, high performance and team spirit

     We offer:

    - Strong team of senior and junior researchers embedded in international research networks

    - Excellent research infrastructure, resource availability and training opportunities

    - Close ties with practice/industry

    - Attractive location (1,5h from Vienna, Linz is beautifully situated in the Danube river basin)

    - Gross salary of € 3.626/month (14 months p.a.; equals € 50.764/year)

     Further information may be obtained from Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen (erik.hansen@jku.at).

     Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, certificates) online before 15 March 2017:

    http://jku.at/bewerbung (job reference no. 3279).

  • 30 Jan 2017 10:20 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Position – Life Cycle Oriented Sustainability Analysis Of Emerging Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

    Institution: The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 

    Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

    Deadline: February 2017

    The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), in cooperation with ITAS, offers a Post-Doctoral Position in Karlsruhe. The planed work comprises both, a close cooperation with energy storage technology developers, and independent system analytical research. New materials, new technologies for electrochemical energy storage systems have to be assessed in a prospective manner from an economic, ecological perspective to identify promising technology development routes or technology options respectively. Furthermore it is necessary to provide orientation knowledge (e.g. regulations, markets, toxicity, resource availability, application fields, social aspects) for energy storage developers to minimize innovation risks and increase market success.

    Your profile: You have completed your studies of engineering/industrial-engineering, natural or environmental science (Diploma, Master) and a dissertation on systems analysis and/or technology assessment of new technologies (preferentially nano technologies, energy technologies, recycling technologies). Knowledge in energy and material flow modeling, economic and ecological assessment (LCA, LCC (S-LCA)) and multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is required. Experience with LCA software (e.g. Umberto, OpenLCA), toxicity evaluation (USEtox) and basic knowledge of the German language is a further asset.
    Very good English language skills, experience in publishing scientific results, and in the application of interdisciplinary research projects complete your profile.

    Salary: Salary group 13 of the wage agreement of the German public service http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info (fulfilling all requirements)

    Contract duration: two years (renewal of the contract is planed)

    Commencement of employment: as soon as possible

    Contact person for questions: Dr.-Ing. Marcel Weil, phone: 0049 (0)721 608-26718, marcel.weil@kit.edu, http://www.itas.kit.edu/english/staff_weil_marcel.php

    Official job offer (in German):

    Please send your application indicating the job advertisement number 18/2017 to:

    Herrn Dolzinski, PSE (Personnel division), Campus North,

    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1,

    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

    patrick.dolzinski@kit.edu


  • 30 Jan 2017 10:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doc Position on Spatial Optimization and LCA

    Institution: ULB - Institute for Environmental Management and Land Use Planning

    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    We offer

    In the framework of the FNRS MIS project “Life Cycle sustainability Optimisation for Regional land use Planning” we offer a 2 year full time post-doc position focussing on spatial optimization and life cycle assessment (starting before July 1st 2017).

    The major and long term aim of this FNRS MIS project is to make the analytical power of life cycle thinking available in regional land use planning. The main reasoning for this aim is that when deciding on how to use agricultural and forestry territory, it would be very relevant to take into account the total life cycle sustainability performance of the products and services produced on the territory. And to optimize these performances on the territorial level. This will become very relevant in the context of a transition to a low-carbon society, the circular economy and the bio-based economy in which the agricultural and forestry territory will play an important role. Next to its continued role to produce food, feed and fibre, the agricultural fields and forests are expected to provide us biomass for energy, and increasingly for bio-based products (e.g. bioplastics, fine chemicals) in order to reduce GHG emissions, while safeguarding the regulating, supporting, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services. How could we sustainably manage and plan these transitions and land use changes on a territorial level to satisfy demands and CO2 reduction targets while minimizing other sustainability impacts? Choices could cause displacement of impacts to other locations, to other stages in production chains or to other types of impacts (cfr. food-vs-fuel debate). A life cycle perspective of the products produced on the territory (through “territorial LCA”) would allow to take such effects into account in the decision making (on this aspect there is a parallel vacancy for a PhD scholarship in the same project). By, additionally, linking this with multi-objective optimization on territorial level, we could support decision making with already optimized land use scenarios, instead of performing iterative scenario building and evaluation steps.

    In the context of this project, and in the context of the Belgian low-carbon society pathways, the post-doc will develop a spatial multi-objective optimization model which optimizes land allocation and biomass use to minimize environmental impacts on a territorial level. This optimization will be fed by territorial life cycle assessment results of the current Walloon meat-production-related agricultural territory as a baseline and of several alternative biomass-for-energy land uses (by the PhD candidate of parallel vacancy) and analyses based on geographic information systems (GIS). As such the post-doc is expected to build a meta-model where GIS, LCA and optimization are linked.

    The post-doc will be part of the research team of Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT). Parts of the project will also be executed in collaboration with CIRAIG and GERAD, UQAM Montréal, Canada.

    We look for

    The ideal candidate

    - holds a PhD (after defence) in Bio-science engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or any other project relevant domain and which was obtained since max 5 years before july 1st 2017.

    - has solid knowledge and experience with spatial optimization tools and models, and with geographical information systems.

    - has knowledge on, or experience with life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), and strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

    - has knowledge, on land-based/biological production systems in general (e.g. agriculture, forestry, biomass production, etc.), and more specifically on biomass-for-energy systems.

    Further, the candidate has strong analytical skills, has a quantitative reflex, can approach complex issues in a systematic way and has the capacity to work autonomously towards objectives and deadlines. The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English, and have good communication (written and oral) skills and be able to work in group and guide junior researchers. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite.

    The post-doctoral researcher is further expected to be prepared to contribute to the further development and daily activities of the research group (e.g. contribute to building related project proposals, follow up of project related master thesis and doctoral thesis students, participating in seminars, etc.).

    Apply

    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be; +32 2 650 43 22). To apply, you should send

    - a motivation/cover letter stating your motivation, and past experiences with which you can contribute to the project

    - an extensive scientific curriculum vitae (including list of publications, presentations, acquired funding, …) and contact details of 3 references

    - a full text digital copy of your best scientific output so far.

    to wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than March 15th, 2017. Job interviews will be planned on the 24th of March. The starting date should be before July 1st, 2017

    Original job posting for more details

  • 30 Jan 2017 10:04 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position in Territorial LCA

    Institution: ULB - Institute for Environmental Management and Land Use Planning

    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    In the framework of the FNRS MIS project “Life Cycle sustainability Optimisation for Regional land use Planning” we offer a 2 year full time PhD scholarship focussing on territorial LCA (starting before July 1st 2017).

    The major and long term aim of this FNRS MIS project is to make the analytical power of life cycle thinking available in regional land use planning. The main reasoning for this aim is that when deciding on how to use agricultural and forestry territory, it would be very relevant to take into account the total life cycle sustainability performance of the products and services produced on the territory. And to optimize these performances on the territorial level. This will become very relevant in the context of a transition to a low-carbon society, the circular economy and the bio-based economy in which the agricultural and forestry territory will play an important role. Next to its continued role to produce food, feed and fibre, the agricultural fields and forests are expected to provide us biomass for energy, and increasingly for bio-based products (e.g. bioplastics, fine chemicals) in order to reduce GHG emissions, while safeguarding the regulating, supporting, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services. How could we sustainably manage and plan these transitions and land use changes on a territorial level to satisfy demands and CO2 reduction targets while minimizing other sustainability impacts? Choices could cause displacement of impacts to other locations, to other stages in production chains or to other types of impacts (cfr. food-vs-fuel debate). A life cycle perspective of the products produced on the territory (through “territorial LCA”) would allow to take such effects into account in the decision making. By, additionally, linking this with multi-objective optimization on territorial level (for which there is a parallel vacancy for a postdoctoral research position in the same project), we could support decision making with already optimized land use scenarios, instead of performing iterative scenario building and evaluation steps.

    In the context of this project, and in the context of the Belgian low-carbon society pathways, the PhD candidate will develop a territorial LCA of the Walloon meat-production-related agricultural territory, including impact on ecosystem services, as a baseline and of several alternative biomass-for-energy land uses for future optimized scenario development, fed by data from literature, questionnaires, geographical information systems (GIS), LCI databases... This project also includes further methodological development of the territorial LCA.

    The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT) and will be further supported by the postdoctoral researcher of the project team (parallel vacancy). Parts of the project will also be executed in collaboration with CIRAIG, Montréal, Canada for which scientific missions are foreseen.

    The ideal candidate:

    - holds a Master (120 credits) in Bio-science engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or any other project relevant domain and which was obtained since max 3 years before july 1st 2017 (study results should be part of the application dossier)

    - has good knowledge, on land-based/biological production systems in general (e.g. agriculture, forestry, biomass production, etc.), and more specifically on biomass-for-energy systems.

    - has knowledge on, or experience with geographical information systems (GIS), life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), and strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

    Further, the candidate has strong analytical skills, has a quantitative reflex, can approach complex issues in a systematic way and has the capacity to work autonomously towards objectives and deadlines. The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English, and have good communication (written and oral) skills. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite.

    The candidate is prepared to apply for additional PhD funding instruments to extend his/her PhD track up to 4 years. Further, the PhD researcher is expected to contribute to the daily activities of the research groups (e.g. follow up of project related master theses, participating in seminars, etc.).

    Apply

    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be; +32 2 650 43 22). To apply, you should send

    - a motivation/cover letter stating your motivation, and past experiences with which you can contribute to the project

    - an extensive curriculum vitae (including annual study results, and any scientific output, e.g. thesis, presentation, papers, chapters)

    - a full text digital copy of your best scientific output so far (paper written for a course, master thesis, presentation, …).

    to wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than March 15th, 2017. Job interviews will be planned on the 24th of March. The starting date should be before July 1st, 2017

    Original job posting for more details

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:25 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Scientific Project Officer in the field of bio-based waste assessment and valorisation

    Institution: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

    Location: Ispra, Italy

    Deadline: 1/23/17

    The vacancy is within the Bio-Economy Unit, (located in Ispra, Italy), which provides scientific support to EU policies related to the bio-economy such as the sustainable production as well as the use of biological resources and the conversion to value added products, such as food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based products, including the evaluation of supply chains trough approaches such as life cycle assessments. We are looking for a researcher with working experience on waste accounting and management, industrial ecology, and experienced in the application of life cycle based methodologies to bio-based waste. The researcher should be ready to work in the wider perspective of the bio-economy, seeking to link and integrate with different sectors such as e.g. agriculture, forestry, bioenergy, biobased industries, including with their non-bio-based competing sectors. The candidate should have a committed, well-organized and dynamic personality, open to explore new fields and actively interact with different disciplines. He/she will carry out technical work focused on the development and analysis of waste generation and prevention, industrial ecology, assessment of burdens and benefits of scenarios of improved resource recovery (e.g. material and energy recovery).

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in environmental engineering, environmental sciences or related field with emphasis on industrial ecology, waste assessment and management, life cycle assessment (or a University degree and 5 years of experience after the university degree). Excellent writing and presentation skills, with good knowledge (B2) of spoken and written English are required. Relevant publications and presentations are seen as essential and should be highlighted. Assets will be considered experience in the management of projects, experience in working with waste statistics, excellent analytical and computer skills, modelling experience and hands on experience with LCA software.

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

    Job Reference Code: 2016-IPR-D1-FGIV-7945

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:17 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Scientific Officer in the field of life cycle indicators for appliances

    Institution: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

    Location: Ispra, Italy

    Deadline: 2/13/17

    The vacancy is within the Bio-Economy Unit, (located in Ispra, Italy), which provides scientific support to EU policies related to the bio-economy such as the sustainable production as well as the use of biological resources and the conversion to value added products, such as food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based products, including the evaluation of supply chains trough approaches such as life cycle assessments. We are looking for a researcher with working experience on modelling electric and electronic appliances and devices, industrial ecology, and experienced in the application of life cycle based methodologies to different technologies. The researcher should be ready to work in the wider perspective of the green economy developing scenarios at technological and consumer behavior levels. The candidate should have a committed, well-organized and dynamic personality, open to explore new fields and actively interact with different disciplines. He/she will carry out technical work focused on the development of life cycle assessment of appliances and electric and electronic devices for household use. 

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in mechanical, electronic or environmental engineering, or related field with emphasis on life cycle modelling, energy and resource efficiency, waste assessment and management, life cycle assessment (or a University degree and 5 years of experience after the university degree). Excellent writing and presentation skills, with good knowledge of spoken and written English (B2) are required. Relevant publications and presentations are seen as essential and should be highlighted. Assets will be considered experience in the management of projects, experience in working with product statistics, excellent analytical and computer skills, modelling experience and hands on experience with LCA software.

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

    Job Reference Code: 2017-IPR-D1-FGIV-8126 

  • 17 Jan 2017 7:02 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Position in Energy and Process Engineering/Industrial Ecology

    Institution: Norwegian University of Science & Technology

    Location: Trondheim, Norway

    Deadline: February 10, 2017

    The Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applicants for post.doc position on bioeconomy, land footprint and MRIO modelling.

    The bioeconomy plays a key role in scenarios for limiting global warming to 1.5oC, relying on biomass to increasingly complement and replace fossil fuels as a source of energy and materials.  However, the potential economy-wide effects of such a transformation on the global energy and production systems are not well understood.  
    We are seeking a candidate to work on the fundamental groundwork needed for comprehensive scenario analyses, by capitalizing on the combined competence on global multiregional input-output analysis, bioenergy and land use research at NTNU Industrial Ecology.

    We seek a person that is strongly motivated to work on the land-energy-food-climate nexus. The candidate is expected to further develop state of the art multi regional input-output output models with respect to their representation of agricultural and forestry activities.  Tasks will include data processing and compilation, as well as applied analysis to quantify of land use impacts.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we deem interest and ability to explore new fields and sub-fields important.  Presentation of results nationally and internationally, publishing in peer-reviewed journals is also expected.  The planned research activities are of high importance and relevance going forward, in light of the IPCC’s recent decision to prepare a 
    special report  on “climate change, desertification, and degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”.

    The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Industrial Ecology or similar field and must have experience with the development and application of multiregional input-output models for environmental footprinting.  Experience from programming in one or several languages (e.g., Python, Matlab) is required.  Strong analytical capabilities are expected, as well as documented capacity to present research outcomes in peer-reviewed international journals.  The candidate should also have experience from popular science dissemination of research activities.  The candidate must be a good team player while also being able to work independently and bring the research at IndEcol in the field forward.  The applicant must be excellent in English both written and orally.

    The position is of 2 years duration.  
    Trondheim is the place of duty.

    Further information can be obtained from Professor Anders Hammer Strømman (
    anders.h.stomman@ntnu.no) or Professor Richard Wood (richard.wood@ntnu.no ). Please observe that applications sent to these email addresses will not be accepted.

    Terms of employment

    The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

    Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, with a minimum of gross 
    NOK 485 700 per annum (before tax). There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

    The application

    Applicants must sketch how he or she would like to address the current research task. The application including a CV, the project sketch, grade transcripts (courses with grades) from the undergraduate as well as graduate studies, two recommendation letters, certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, and other enclosures should be sent electronically via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.no.

    Mark the application with IV-43/17.

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