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  • 29 Sep 2014 10:08 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Tenure-track Faculty position (2), Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Institution:  University of Pittsburgh, http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/MCSI

    Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions effective September 1, 2015.  These positions are part of the strategic expansion intended to support research and teaching activities in the areas of sustainable engineering and environmental engineering. 

    For the tenure-track position in sustainable engineering, we are seeking candidates to complement the work of the CEE department and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI; www.engineering.pitt.edu/MCSI).  MCSI recently announced a new $37.5 million endowment to support sustainability-related academics and research, including an interdisciplinary faculty cluster hire.  This position is intended for applicants with fundamental expertise and research interests in sustainable infrastructure/built environment supported by big data analytics; the intersection of energy generation and use and air quality, human health, and technology; industrial ecology; sustainability of water quantity, quality and management in natural and human dominated systems; sustainability of coupled human-natural systems. Applicants with systems approaches to sustainability are particularly encouraged to apply.

    For the tenure-track position in environmental engineering, we are seeking candidates with fundamental expertise and research interests in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, physical-chemical processes, emerging contaminants, resource recovery, and/or water treatment approaches at the water-energy nexus. Exceptional candidates with a focus in other environmental engineering relevant research areas are also encouraged to apply.

    Preference will be given to appointees at the Assistant Professor level but applicants with outstanding credentials will be considered at other levels, including an endowed professorship. Candidates interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching within the Department and/or other faculty in related focus areas in the Swanson School of Engineering, such as the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy (www.energy.pitt.edu), are encouraged to apply.

    Outstanding candidates will have the opportunity to join our vibrant and growing department of 19 faculty members, 300 undergraduate and 160 full-time graduate students (60 of which are PhD students). The successful applicants will be expected to develop and sustain a strong, externally funded research program within their area of expertise and contribute to the teaching mission of the graduate and undergraduate programs.

    An earned doctorate in civil engineering, environmental engineering and science, earth science or a closely related field is required prior to appointment.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating the desired position, a detailed resume, statements describing teaching and research interests and future plans, copies of three representative publications, and the names and contact information for at least three references, all in a single PDF file.  Applicants for sustainable engineering should submit applications to CEE14SE@pitt.edu. Applicants for environmental engineering should submit applications to CEE14EE@pitt.edu.

    Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. 


  • 29 Sep 2014 9:31 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Full Professor, Design Engineering

    Institution:  Delft University of Technology, http://www.io.tudelft.nl/de

    Location:  Delft, The Netherlands

    As technology evolves rapidly, the field of design and the role of future designers change substantially. The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology invites applications and nominations for Full Professor Positions (m/f) in any of the (intersection of the) following areas:
    · Advanced Manufacturing, including designing in networked manufacturing systems, digitalisation of manufacturing processes (robots as ‘production tools’), designing the engineering workflow (design, engineering, planning, service and maintenance integration based on ICT), and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
    · Circular Product Design, including circular design strategies, such as product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, and consumer attitudes and behaviour related to multiple lifecycle products.
    · Emerging Materials, including designing e.g. with smart materials that can sense and interact with the user, materials containing graphene, and with advanced bio-based plastics.
    · Internet of Things: exploring new opportunities for designing networked products, based on communication technologies and on behavioural knowledge generation technologies that are both fixed and ad hoc, and both wired and wireless.


    We are seeking candidates (m/f) who are used to setting up new initiatives in multi-disciplinary contexts as they are expected to open up new knowledge spaces on the intersections of emerging technologies.

    About the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE)

    The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is world-leading in design education and research, integrating design knowledge about people, technology and business into solutions that are desirable, feasible as well as viable. The Faculty consists of 25 full professors, 120 faculty
    members, 120 PhD students and about 2000 Bachelor and Master students. Applicants should have a proven academic track record and are expected to build a strong, externally funded research program. A doctoral degree is required as well as experience in design or design engineering.

    What kind of people are we looking for?

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop research collaborations with high quality research institutes, consortia and industry partners, including the Delft Robotics Institute, Climate KIC (EU’s major innovation community) and the Delft Research Initiatives. The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering has excellent general facilities, such as a prototyping, model making and machine lab, brought together in the Delft Design Labs, and is strongly embedded in Delft University of Technology, the third highest European university of technology in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014.

    Conditions of employment

    A competitive start-up package will be available for the positions. TU Delft offers an attractive employee benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed internet access from home. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 

    Information and application

    Screening of applications will begin in October 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled. The anticipated starting date is as soon as possible. For assistance and other information regarding this position, read more at www.io.tudelft.nl/de or contact prof.  Jo Geraedts,
    J.M.P.Geraedts@tudelft.nl. Candidates should submit a CV, a research plan, list of publications and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three international references preferably before October
    1st to mrs. Mandy Tamerus, HR Manager, M.J.M.Tamerus@tudelft.nl. When applying for one of these positions, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0690.

    Apart from these academic chairs, we are also recruiting a part-time professor of practice in Product Architecture Design (this is a separate vacancy).

  • 25 Sep 2014 1:36 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology/Operations Research

    Institution:  West Virginia University, Davis College, http://davis.wvu.edu/

    Location:  Morgantown, WV


    The WVU Davis College (davis.wvu.edu/) is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty member position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This will be a nine-month teaching and research position, as part of a cluster hire across several WVU colleges in the broad area of energy Shale Gas Utilization, including the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Law, and Business and Economics. The person in this position will report to the Director of the Resource Management Division. The opportunity also exists for this position to be collaborative with the Regional Research Institute (RRI), whose mission is “to promote scholarly research focusing on theories and history of regional development, methods for studying regions, and policies for stimulating their development” (rri.wvu.edu).


    The Davis College has comprehensive programs in resource economics and business, land use and development, energy and entrepreneurship, environmental management and natural resources processing, among others. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in the fields of industrial ecology and/or operations research as applied to the fields of energy and natural resources, and participate fully in a multi-disciplinary team across several WVU colleges in a university-level collaborative effort in shale gas and participate in internal and external service and outreach obligations. Teaching responsibilities will be to the Davis College division(s) and in support of the university-level collaborative effort.


    Disciplinary approaches to this work, with a shale gas focus, may come from resource economics, econometrics, life cycle analysis, process modeling, systems analysis/ecology/externalities, and from broad expertise in subjects such as energy (any form), carbon, renewable/non-renewable resources, and water systems. The intent of this university initiative is to provide academic and scholarly leadership for the rapidly developing shale gas (and related) industries in WV and beyond, and to support the sustainable development of that sector. For complete position descriptions and initiative details see http://www.wvufaculty.wvu.edu/jobs.


    An earned doctorate in a discipline/field in or related to industrial ecology and operations research, especially as related to natural resource utilization issues, with either experience or training directly related to energy resources, or strong indication of interest in energy resources. Credentials/references should indicate a forward-thinking collaborative approach to sciences, interest in working in a multi/inter-disciplinary environment with colleagues from a wide spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, and evidence of determination to seek external funding to support a rigorous research program. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills are necessary. Candidates will be expected to teach in both discipline specific and cross-disciplinary ways, and a willingness to contribute as part of a multi/inter-disciplinary cross-college team focused on energy resources, and specifically shale gas.


    WVU is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification - High Research. Morgantown and vicinity has a diverse population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities as well as industries very active in shale gas operations. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see http://www.wvu.edu and http://www.morgantown.com. Additional details about research programs at the University can be found at http://www.research.wvu.edu.


    Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and complete contact information of three professional references, a two-page narrative describing research expertise and ideas, and a one-page statement on teaching philosophy. The cover letter should clearly describe how the candidate would contribute to this shale gas initiative. Complete applications and/or nominations should be submitted to the Search Committee co-chairs: Dr. Randall Jackson, (Randall.Jackson@mail.wvu.edu) and Dr. Jerald Fletcher (JJFletcher@mail.wvu.edu). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and until the position is filled.


  • 25 Sep 2014 1:23 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Life Cycle Analist, Division Forest 

    Institution:  University of Leuven  https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/53125110

    Location:  Leuven, Belgium

    Deadline:  October, 9, 2014

    The Division Forest, Nature & Landscape of KU Leuven is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with demonstrated experience in life cycle assessment to work on two UE FP7 projects.

    In the FORMIT project (www.eu-formit.eu) we are responsible for the estimation of the environmental Life Cycle impact and carbon mitigation potential of the European forests and wood sector, considering also end-of-life management, material and energy substitution as well as wood recycling. In the PROteINSECT project (www.proteinsect.eu), applying Life Cycle thinking tools on sustainability three dimensions, we are investigating the application potential and sustainability of insect-derived proteins to be used as novel feedstuff in monogastric livestock and aquaculture.

    The details of the position and on how to apply can be found here:

    https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/53125110

    The deadline for application is October 9th, 2014

    For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Bart Muys, tel.: +32 16 32 97 26, mail: bart.muys@ees.kuleuven.be.

    Giuseppe Cardellini, mail: giuseppe.cardellini@ees.kuleuven.be tel:+32 16 37 94 12

    Martin Roffeis, mail:Matin.Roffeis@ees.kuleuven.be, tel: +3216379399

  • 25 Sep 2014 1:14 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD Fellow in Carbon Management & Bioresources, University of Southern Denmark

    Institution:  University of Southern Denmark,  http://www.sdu.dk/servicenavigation/right/ledige_stillinger

    Location:  Odense, Denmark

    Deadline:  October 9, 2014

    The PhD fellow in Carbon Management & Bioresources
    Today, the dominant and economically most competitive protein source for the world feed industry is soybean meal, which triggers growing pressure for cultivating new land, particularly as dietary changes towards more meat are forecasted. The focus of this PhD study is on the environmental implications of new protein supply strategies allowing to decouple (or partially decouple) the protein supply from the use of land, under current and future framework conditions.

    The PhD study is part of a larger consortium, EFPro2, involving Danish companies (Unibio A/S, Vestjyllands Andel) and other Danish Universities (Aarhus University, Technical University of Denmark). The successful applicant will, from the beginning of the employment, be affiliated to EFPro2 and have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the various members of the consortium.

    Particularly, the environmental implications of a new technology developed and improved within the EFPro2 consortium will be studied. This patented technology allows to produce a single cell protein product (crude protein content of ca. 65%) using land-free (i.e. non-crop based) substrates such as nitrogen from the air and carbon and hydrogen from natural gas (or biogas). Changing the protein supply in feed, will, however, induce a variety of changes. For example, how will the overall recipe (and ingredients) used for feed formulation be affected? Will this induce changes in manure composition? Will it reduce/increase land use changes, and by how much? Answering these questions is a key aspect of this PhD study. The synergies between the agricultural and energy system when biogas (rather than natural gas) is used as a feedstock to produce the single cell protein will also be studied. The key dependencies upon which the environmental performance of the protein supply strategies studied varies, under current and future conditions, will also be investigated. Such conditions will consider various developments in future i) food/feed demand; ii) demand of biomass for other purposes like bioenergy; iii) penetration degree of fluctuating power sources in the energy system; iv) availability of supply of key resources (e.g. phosphorus).

    The main methodologies to be applied are consequential life cycle assessment (LCA) as well as energy system analysis (ESA).

    The aim of the PhD project is to contribute to:

    • Advances in the LCA methodology in order to
        - account for the multiple consequences induced by a changed chemical composition of feed ingredients, targeting the specific amino acids affected rather than the overall protein content
         - quantify the impacts of land use changes under current and future framework conditions
    • Understanding of the environmental and socio-economic consequences of various protein supply strategies, including the one based on the technology developed within the EFPro2 consortium
    • Uncover the key dependencies upon which the environmental performance of protein supply strategies varies
    • Understanding of the synergies between the agricultural and energy system offered by some protein supply strategies

    The details of the project and on how to apply can be found here: http://www.sdu.dk/servicenavigation/right/ledige_stillinger  (PhD  - Carbon Management & Bioresources ).

  • 25 Sep 2014 11:33 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher or Graduate (Ph.D.) Research Assistant

    Institution:  Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)  http://www.sutd.edu.sg/

    Location:  Singapore

    The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD, Singapore’s fourth national university, created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    We are currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher active in the field of industrial ecology. The postdoctoral researcher will study the characterization, propagation and communication of uncertainty in life cycle assessment methodology. A successful candidate would be:

    • ·         A recent Ph.D. graduate in engineering or related field,
    • ·         Familiar with environmental life cycle assessments, carbon footprints, or design for environment,
    • ·         Familiar with probability, statistics, or uncertainty quantification,
    • ·         Experience working in the automotive, buildings or energy domains is a plus,
    • ·         Driven and self-motivated,
    • ·         A team player,
    • ·         Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

    Job duties include producing peer-reviewed technical manuscripts, communicating results to research sponsors, supervising students and research assistants collaborating on the project.

    This is a full-time, 2.5-year position based in Singapore, with possibility of extension. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and benefits.

    Strong candidates with interest in pursuing a Ph.D. as a graduate student at SUTD are also welcome to apply.

    Please send a cover letter, a CV, and reference contacts to Professor Lynette Cheah c/o Ms. Freya Haw at freya_haw@sutd.edu.sg. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • 25 Sep 2014 11:12 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoc in Industrial Ecology

    Institution:  Institute of  Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden  University https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/LEI/vacancy/24606/lang/en/

    Location: Leiden, The Netherlands

    Deadline:  October 20, 2014


    Post-doc position in Industrial Ecology (0.8-1.0 fte)

    Vacancy number: 14-248

    Duties and responsibilities

    • The candidate will contribute to research and education of the CML-Industrial Ecology Department. Research projects will be, for the most part, EU-funded projects on environmentally extended input-output analysis, life cycle assessment and material flow analysis where the abovementioned databases and models are applied and modified;
    • Teaching mostly focuses on contributing to courses of the MSc Industrial Ecology, but might be expanded to other activities as well, such as the CML Minor Sustainable Development and the Leiden University College Sustainability track;
    • The candidate will also contribute to the acquisition of new research projects, particularly in the context of the two LDE Centres (CfS and CMM).

    Your profile

    • The candidate must have a PhD in a relevant field and ideally has proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include PhDs in industrial ecology, sustainability science, (regional) economics and modelling, applied mathematics, trade and competitiveness;
    • Knowledge of industrial ecology tools including environmentally extended input output analysis, life-cycle assessment and material flow analysis is essential;
    • A proficiency in data gathering and manipulation is important. Mathematical knowledge with regard to data manipulation and reconciliation, matrix/linear algebra, etc is important. Candidates should provide evidence of this proficiency, as well as providing insight into methods they have used or would use, and how these methods are applicable to this work;
    • Knowledge of a MatLab or similar programming environment, Python and/or system dynamic modeling is a prerequisite;
    • The candidate should be able to work in a dynamic, multi-project context: distributing his or her attention among the various projects and tasks, keeping an eye to deadlines and deliverables, taking initiatives and contacting partners;
    • The international character of the work necessitates good command of English, passive and active, written and spoken. Command of Dutch is an advantage;
    • University level teaching skills should be excellent and be demonstrable.

    We offer

    Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten), for a period of one year. An extension to a maximum of three years may be possible after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. During your appointment you will be supervised by Dr. René Kleijn and prof. Arnold Tukker.

    Salary range from € 2.427,- to € 3.831,- (pay scale 10) gross per month based on a full time employment, commensurate with qualifications. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%.

    Our Faculty/ Institute

    The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences of Leiden University. The core business of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Conservation Biology (CML-CB). Presently, around 50 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS) and Centre for Metropoles and Mainports (LDE-CMM). Research in the CML-IE department aims to support the ecological transformation of society towards sustainability. CML-IE is one of the globally best known institutes in its field, reflected by e.g. participation in the UNEP Resource Panel and leadership of various million Euros of EU funded projects on the global relations between trade, economic production by industry sector and country, resource flows, and emissions (see www.exiobase.eu). Next to that CML-IE is involved in projects related to the application and further development of Industrial Ecology tools like Life Cycle (Sustainability) Assessment and Material Flow Analysis for specific case studies such as aquaculture, concrete recycling etc. (see for example http://www.c2ca.eu/andhttp://www.idreem.eu/).

    Currently, 20 researchers including PhD students and postdocs work at CML-IE. We offer a vibrant, research-driven work environment with emphasis on team spirit, excellence, and skills development.

    Information and application

    For more information, please contact:

    Dr. Rene Kleijn at +31 (0) 71 527 1498, email kleijn@cml.leidenuniv.nl or

    Prof. Arnold Tukker at +31-(0)71 527 5632/ 5615, email tukker@cml.leidenuniv.nl

    Additionally, you can visit the websites of the Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML): www.science.leidenuniv.nl and http://www.cml.leiden.edu. More information on employment at Leiden University can be found at: www.leiden.edu.

    Do you identify with the profile above and do you aspire to have a career in research? Please apply by sending your written application before October 20th 2014, using the vacancy number, including full Curriculum Vitae and the names and phone numbers of two references to:

    Faculty of Science

    To the attention of: S. van den Oever

    Via email: vandenoever@cml.leidenuniv.nl

    Interviews will take place on 31 October.


  • 25 Sep 2014 10:48 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant/Associate Professor (3)

    Institution:  PurdueUniversity https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE

    Location:  West Lafayette, Indiana


    The Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue University invites applications for three tenure/tenure-track openings for exceptional faculty candidates at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. Successful candidates will receive a joint appointment in EEE and in one of the Schools of Engineering (tenure home). Successful candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree(s) in engineering or a related discipline, and should have a distinguished academic record. Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong commitment to excellence in education, teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels based on the needs of EEE and the partnering School, and establish a strong, externally funded research program. A strong interest in interdisciplinary research and education is required. Candidates with experience working with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff and the ability to contribute to an inclusive climate are particularly welcome.

    EEE seeks to characterize the impact of natural and engineered systems on the environment, and establish engineered systems that function under ecological and socio-economic constraints. EEE research and education addresses the prevention, control, and treatment of waste streams, and the design and management of resilient engineered systems that can exist in harmony with human and natural systems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: industrial ecology, sustainable manufacturing and chemical/materials synthesis, eco-design, design for recycling, dematerialization, green materials, environmental-industrial system dynamics and resilience, coupled engineered-human-natural systems, urban and restoration ecology, sustainability science and engineering, green supply chains, life cycle engineering, indoor and outdoor air quality, air pollution control, value recovery from waste streams, solid waste treatment, and greening engineered systems.
    EEE engages more than 40 faculty members within the College of Engineering and across the campus. An undergraduate degree program in EEE has been established, and a graduate program is in development. Further information about EEE, including details on the current faculty and their research interests, is available at https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE.


    Submit applications online at: https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUS/Employment/Applications, including curriculum vitae, teaching and research plans, and names of four references. For information/questions regarding applications contact Marion Ragland, Faculty Recruitment Coordinator, College of Engineering, at ragland@purdue.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 2, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.


    Purdue’s main campus is located in West Lafayette Indiana, a welcoming and diverse community with a wide variety of cultures, industries, and excellent schools. Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program to assist new faculty and their partners regarding dual career needs and facilitate their relocation.


    Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ, and veterans are encouraged to apply

  • 14 Aug 2014 11:04 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: : PhD position on Social life cycle assessment

    Institution:  Institute for Environmental Managemnet and Land-Use Planning (IGEAT), Université libre de Bruxelles  http://igeat.ulb.ac.be

    Location:  Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline:  September 30, 2014


    PhD position on:
    Enhancing importance of social aspects in product development and production
    -Improving the social life cycle assessment methodology-
    Founded in 1993 within the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Institute for environmental management and land-use plnning (IGEAT – http://igeat.ulb.ac.be) is an interdisciplinary education and applied research Institute. Scientific staff is about 40 interdisciplinary researchers. The group Environmental, Societal and Land Management (GESTe) is one of the research units of IGEAT. This multidisciplinary team specializes in environmental assessment in the broad sense. The group masters assessment techniques for products and services (e.g. LCA), projects (e.g. environmental impact assessment), as well as for plans (e.g. strategic environmental assessment) and programs and policies. Next to their evaluation function, these competences are also used to nourish smart land management (including rural areas, landscapes, forests, …) for which the team employs an ecosystem approach.


    We offer In the framework of the ULB Mini-ARC project “Enhancing importance of social aspects in product development and production -Improving the social life cycle assessment methodology-“ there is an opportunity for a PhD student (full
    time, 2 × 2 years starting on December 1st, 2014).  Within life cycle thinking several tools look at different sustainability aspects of products and services. Life cycle assessment looks at the environmental aspect, life cycle costing at financial and economic aspects, whereas social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) looks at social impacts. However, the methodological development of S-LCA is still in its
    infancy, which makes the social dimension undervalued in decision making. The general aim of the project is to explore and contribute to the development of a Social Life cycle Assessment method for land-based systems. This will include
    reviewing and applying the currently proposed methods to a case study basing on agricultural production (e.g. textile, food, biofuel), perform SWOT analyses, survey relevant social impacts and requirements of the decision takers, select
    and develop new impact indicators (e.g. on poverty alleviation), identify potential data sources.


    The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT)


    We look for The candidate holds a Master in a project relevant domain (e.g. Social Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences), and has knowledge on or experience with executing quantitative and qualitative surveys and social impacts indicators. Ideally this candidate is acquainted, or has experience with sustainability impact assessment tools of products and services (i.e. life cycle thinking). A keen interest in sustainability of land-based production systems and its social aspects is important.  The candidate should be graduated with at least one distinction grade. The candidate has strong analytical thinking skills, 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 English writing and speaking, have good communication skills. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite


    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 an extensive curriculum vitae (including annual study results, and any scientific output, e.g. thesis, presentation, papers, chapters) and a cover letter stating your motivation and past experiences to  outer.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than September 30th, 2014. Job interviews will be planned from 6 to 17 October 2014.


    Keywords
    Life cycle thinking; social life cycle assessment; sustainability; agricultural production.



  • 15 Jul 2014 1:57 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Institution:  University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)

    Location:  Ann Arbor, MI


    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)
    Start date: Fall 2014 (ideal), Winter 2015 (possible)
    Term: 1 year 

    We are looking for a postdoc interested in interdisciplinary work at the intersection of electric power systems and life cycle assessment.  The goal of the project is to assess the environmental impacts of providing power systems reserves with demand response and distributed energy storage.  Strong programming skills and comfort with formulating and solving optimization problems is a must. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, and it is expected the postdoc will interact with professors, peers, and students in both areas.

    This position is funded, in part, by a University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) Partnership for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) Grant. See http://energy.umich.edu/funding-­‐partnerships/partner-­‐umei for more information on this program.  UMEI pulls together expertise from over 130 faculty affiliates working in 19 academic departments, conducting around $50 million in basic and applied research each year to develop science, technology and policy solutions to pressing energy challenges.

    At the start of the appointment, candidates should have a PhD in engineering (e.g., electrical, mechanical, systems) or an interdisciplinary field (e.g., natural resources, engineering & policy) plus strong technical skills including programming (MATLAB, CPLEX), modeling, simulation, and optimization. Familiarity with Monte Carlo analysis, life cycle assessment, electric power systems, and electric power markets is also beneficial.

    For more information please contact: Prof. Johanna Mathieu (EECS) at
    jlmath@umich.edu and/or Prof. Jeremiah Johnson (SNRE) at jxjohns@umich.edu.

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