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This page provides a list of job openings and research opportunities of interest to the industrial ecology community. We are using the blogging feature of our website for this page. To post a new job opportunity, please send your notice to the ISIE office. We will delete these posts after six months or whenever you notify us that the opening has been filled.
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  • 15 Jun 2016 11:07 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  LCA Team Member

    Institution:  Edge Environment

    Location:  Sydney, Australia

    Dear LCA colleagues,

    Edge Environment is looking for a new person to join our Life Cycle Assessment team. If the following sounds like you, please email your CV and a cover letter to Jacqui. We will be assessing applications as we receive them and the position is available for immediate start.

    • You are a flexible, creative thinker who is able to work through difficult technical detail in one moment, and see the strategic policy and business implications in the next.
    • You enjoy data analysis and are experienced in Excel or other data management software.
    • You have excellent report-writing and presentation skills, a passion for science and sustainability.
    • You are results-oriented and customer-focused.
    • You have a post-graduate degree, or professional qualifications, in economics, science or engineering.
    • Most importantly, you are inspired by our mission and values

    You will be working with, and trained by, Edge Environment’s expert Life Cycle Assessment team and provided with other opportunities for external training and development.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 15 Jun 2016 10:28 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Student

    Institution:  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

    Location:  Zurich, Switzerland

    Deadline:  August 2, 2016

    The Energy Politics Group (EPG) within the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich inviestigates questions related to the governance of technological change in the energy sector.  To support out team we are hiring a PhD student - Topic: the co-evolution of policy and technology.

    More information on this position can be found here

  • 08 Jun 2016 1:22 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Scholar in Residence

    Institution:  McGill University, Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design

    Location:  Montreal, Canada

    Deadline:  June 15, 2016

    The Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design  in McGill University’s Faculty of Engineering, is recruiting a Scholar-in-Residence to spend up to six months with us during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Scholar-in-Residence will participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching with an emphasis on advancing sustainability in one of the following areas: (a) Sustainable Infrastructure and Urban Development; (b) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; and (c) Sustainable Industrial Processes and Manufacturing. They would be engaged in policy-focused research enabling significant advances in sustainability in those areas. Applications to be our Scholar-in-Residence are due June 15, 2016

    All details are available online in English and French postings here

  • 02 Jun 2016 2:24 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Director of the Sustainability Institute / Chief Sustainability Officer

    Institution:  Pennsylvania State University

    Location:  University Park, USA

    Deadline:  July 31, 2016

    The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Sustainability Institute and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). As the CSO, this individual will be charged with leading the University in integrating sustainability into all aspects of operations, education, research and outreach, in coordination with faculty, students, staff and external stakeholders throughout all Penn State campuses and will report to the Provost and Vice President of Finance and Business. As the Director of the Sustainability Institute, this person will oversee the Institute’s programs and staff, which currently consists of 10 FTE positions, plus interns, a graduate assistant and faculty scholars. For more about the Sustainability Institute’s current activities, visit here .

    The successful candidate is expected to identify and solicit external funds that will be utilized to expand key efforts and encourage innovation. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent credentials consistent with a faculty appointment, outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to build internal and external partnerships. The Director/CSO must also have an interest in facilitating interdisciplinary sustainability scholarship and teaching, and increasing the visibility of Penn State as a recognized leader in sustainability efforts. Applicants with administrative experience in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, or industry are encouraged to apply. As an administrator, the position is subject to yearly goal setting and review, and regular five year performance reviews. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications will be reviewed starting July 31, 2016 and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

    Job Number: 63894

  • 02 Jun 2016 1:55 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral position

    Institution:  Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven

    Location:  Leuven, Belgium

    Deadline:  July 30, 2016

    The Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium) is looking for candidates for a PhD position in “Integrated LCA and RA methodology for environmental assessment of Enhanced Landfill Mining”.

    This PhD is part of the large EU Project NEW-MINE (EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining). NEW-MINE is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and UK.

    More information can be found here 

    The Research Project ESR 13: Integrated LCA and RA methodology for environmental assessment of ELFM

    Objectives: To develop a methodology for performing LCAs including risk assessment for the local impacts of landfill-

    mining projects, taking into account the new technologies developed in NEW-MINE, as well as of the time and spatial

    dynamics of the landfill-input streams. Results are: Comparison of the environmental impact of different NEW-MINE

    ELFM scenarios with the “Do Nothing”, ”Classic Remediation” and “Classic landfill mining” scenarios. Detection of the

    most  impacting  processing  steps  for  further  improvement  of  the  ELFM  concepts.  Methodological  guidelines  for

    including risk assessment in LCA and for dealing with dynamic (spatial and temporal varying) inventories.

    Host: KU Leuven (Belgium)

    Lead Supervisor: Prof. Karel Van Acker (KU Leuven,

    Duration: 36 months 


    Click here for on-line application form 

  • 02 Jun 2016 1:49 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral position

    Institution: University of Nottingham

    Location:  Nottingham, UK

    Deadline:  June 30, 2016

    The Institute for Science and Society in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham are pleased to invite applications for a 4-year fully-funded studentship with an interdisciplinary focus. The successful candidate will develop and apply a novel methodology for the prospective assessment of the broader environmental and social impacts of synthetic biology.

     Background: Synthetic biology is expected to play a key role in the expected growth of the UK’s industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sector to nearly £10bn by 2035. To ensure that this growth is beneficial to society more broadly, it is essential to understand and anticipate potential environmental and social impacts of synthetic biology-related technologies. This project will integrate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) methods to better understand the potential resource, environmental, and social implications of synthetic biology deployment. The integrated method will identify “hot spots” of potential impact to inform ongoing technical research to reduce uneven or unintended consequences. The potential also exists for social science to add value to LCA, including accounting for social benefits/risks, incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives and understanding ethical and value-driven drivers. The LCA-RRI framework will be applied to case studies of relevance to the energy, chemicals and/or pharmaceuticals sector.

     This PhD project is part of a University-funded Doctoral Training Programme in Synthetic Biology and associated with Nottingham’s new BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre where students benefit from a diverse range of training opportunities, including specialist workshops, lectures and seminars, as well as participation in Nottingham’s yearly BBSRC DTP Spring School event. The studentship will also be linked with the University’s interdisciplinary PhD pathway in Energy and Environment.

     The studentship covers PhD tuition fees and comprises a tax-free stipend for four years (£14,296 in 2016/17) and research/training support of £3,800. This studentship is only available to UK and EU citizens. 

    For more information or to apply please visit here

  • 01 Jun 2016 3:06 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher

    Institution:  Aalto University School of Businessw

    Location:  Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

    Deadline:  June 17, 2016

    Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700 employees, 390 of which are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

    Aalto University School of Business is hiring:

    POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (Sustainable business and/or corporate responsibility)
    (3 years)

    Aalto University School of business is looking to hire a junior academic interested in research and teaching in the domain of sustainable business and/or corporate responsibility. The position is within the Organizations and Management discipline in the Department of Management Studies of Aalto University Business School ( The department hosts a strong sustainable business and corporate responsibility research group. The group is specialized in innovations towards sustainability, including sustainability transitions, inclusive innovations and energy system disruption. In addition to active publishing, the group is active in collaboration with companies and creating societal impact. The department also has a very competitive group of strategy, human resource management and organization theory researchers who publish in leading management journals.

    The postdoctoral position is intended to allow the chosen researcher to pursue his or her research agenda and to develop personal competencies. We expect the candidate to conduct high quality research and aim to publish in the best international journals. The position is associated with a low teaching load; 1 course per academic year. In addition, the position includes master’s thesis supervision and an opportunity to be involved in Ph.D. training.

    We look for scholars who are completing, or have completed within the last four years, their Ph.D. in a relevant field of study (such as management studies or social sciences), but applicants from other areas may also be considered. The applicants should have demonstrated the ability to teach competently and to publish internationally. The position requires fluent skills in the English language. Additional language skills are a merit.

    Post-doctoral researchers are required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. The dates of the employment relationship can be negotiated, starting at earliest in August 2016 and at latest in January 2017.


    Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also provide their own salary requests. The position includes employee healthcare.

    For more Information

    For further information, please contact Professor Raimo Lovio,, Professor of Practice Armi Temmes,  or Professor Minna Halme, (or in questions relating to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Anu Roine,

    How to apply

    The applications are submitted through Aalto University’s electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link ‘Apply for this job’ below) no later than on 17 June, 2016 and the position can start as soon as August 1, 2016. The application materials for the postdoctoral position include:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
    • Names and contact information for two references
    • A list of teaching experience  

    All application materials should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned. Please refer to the name of the position concerned in your application.

    Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

    In Helsinki on 19 May, 2016

    Click here for job link.

  • 01 Jun 2016 2:49 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Scholarship

    Institution:  University of Freiburg

    Location:  Freiburg, Germany

    Deadline:  June 12, 2016

    Biomass use is a key strategy to reduce our economy’s dependency on fossil fuels. Global supply of biomass is limited, however, which raises the question of optimal biomass use in light of climate change. Material-based applications of biomass, like construction materials or biomaterials in consumer products, have a systematic advantage over energy-based applications because they provide the benefit of prolonged carbon storage while at the same time, they have the potential to substitute steel, aluminium, plastics, and other emissions intensive materials. The first goal of this project is to estimate the climate change mitigation potential of stock-based biomass applications under different growth patterns, harvest infrastructures, product lifetimes, and materials substituted. In a second step the overall potential and optimal scale of different stock-based biomass use options shall be determined and case studies for specific countries and biomaterials that are of special relevance to the research program shall be conducted. At the core of the work there will be a tailor-made integrated assessment framework that combines established methodologies in a novel way. Special focus lies on the combination of process chain modelling (LCA), dynamic stock modelling of biomaterial use in construction and consumer goods, and methods to assess the interaction of the different biomass use strategies with the carbon cycle.

    The ultimate goal of the project is to provide policy makers and researchers with guidelines for climate-optimal biomass use and to demonstrate their usefulness with selected case studies.

    The work is part of the Bioeconomy Research Program Baden-Württemberg and will be conducted in the group for sustainable material and energy flow management at the University of Freiburg. The PhD candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary graduate training program BBW ForWerts ("Bioökonomie Baden-Württemberg: Erforschung innovativer Wertschöpfungsketten").

    Further information about the position can be obtained from Stefan Pauliuk,

    Methods that will be used:

    Computation of site-specific global warming potential of biomass, life cycle inventory modelling of conversion of biomass into materials, dynamic stock modelling of building applications, modelling of substitution effects regarding non-biomass building materials, life cycle impact assessment

     Collaboration partners:

    Extensive intellectual exchange with the other partners of the Bio-economy Research Program Baden-Württemberg as well as collaboration on specific research questions and data exchange are part of the PhD project. In addition, the candidate gets access to an international network of leading experts on the prospective assessment of sustainable development strategies.

    Expected candidate‘s qualification:

    The successful candidate holds an MSc degree in industrial ecology, environmental or natural sciences, chemical engineering, or similar subjects with a strong environmental profile. Experience with a higher programming language (C, Python, or Matlab) is required. The candidate needs to display genuine interest in scientific assessment of sustainable development strategies and the dissemination of scientific results to policy makers and the general public.

     The project language is English. Knowledge of German facilitates exchange with the project partners and the dissemination of the scientific results and the successful candidate is therefore asked to acquire sufficient language skills during the project.

     Application guidelines can be found here

  • 19 May 2016 3:24 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Job #11582)

    Institution:  Arizona State University, 

    Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

    Deadline: May 27, 2016

    The Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to begin August 1, 2016. 

    This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, 11-month appointment, with a possibility to extend to 12 months (or longer) based on funding availability. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see Salary is $50,000. 

    The successful candidate would be expected to work with CORD faculty and students to manage and execute a recently funded research project on sustainable procurement in state and local governments, conduct research, and publish results via policy documents, conference papers, webinars and academic publications. Research activities involve development and administration of surveys and interviews, analysis of collected data, assistance with project reports and administration, and other related activities. 

    CORD focuses on high impact use-inspired organization research that transcends boundaries between sectors, policies, institutions and individuals. CORD’s cross-national focus includes fellows, affiliates, and visiting scholars from leading academic institutions around the world. For additional information visit

    Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. The successful candidate should have experience and/or interest in managing medium to large scale research projects, and possess strong oral and written communication and teamwork skills. Prior experience with public or private sector management within the fields of environmental policy, sustainability, and procurement is preferred. The disciplinary background is open. 

    Application Procedure: Application materials include: 

    · Current curriculum vitae 

    · Letter summarizing your interest in the position 

    · Contact information for three references 

    · Writing sample (published or unpublished) that best exemplifies your scholarly work 

    To apply for this position please see deadline is May 27, 2016, 5:00p.m. at 5:00p.m. PST; if not filled, reviews will occur each Friday thereafter and will continue until the search is closed. A background check is required prior to employment. 

    ASU: Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. 

    Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For a complete statement of ASU’s nondiscrimination statement, refer to

  • 19 May 2016 10:51 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Internship

    Institution:  CIRAD,

    Location:  Montpellier (UMR IATE research unit), France

    Deadline: June 15, 2016

    The internship includes the following tasks:
    1. Literature review on cultivation, harvest, post-harvest preservation (fresh fruits) and distribution of strawberry, using online resources and documents available at CIRAD (scientific library, Agri-Balyse database, etc.).
    2. Select four or five scenarios of strawberry preservation, including a conventional preservation system and systems developed by UMR IATE based on modified atmosphere packaging coupled with refrigeration.
    3. For each scenario: Collect life cycle inventory data (LCI), based on the literature review (task 1) and on experimental data on preservation of fresh strawberries available at UMR IATE research unit. The data will include in particular information on how combining active packaging with refrigeration influences the shelf-life and losses of strawberries after harvest and during distribution. The LCI data will be collected under Excel.
    4. Model the preservation of fresh strawberries using LCA software (Simapro) for each of the LCI datasets collected at task 3. Either the full life cycle (production, harvest, preservation, distribution) or partial life cycle may be modeled, depending on the completeness of data available.
    5. Characterize the environmental impacts of each of the scenarios defined (Simapro and ReCiPe method).
    6. Depending on data available, the same approach may then be applied to assess the environmental impacts of fresh mango preservation.

    - Applications are open to MSc-students with a background in environmental engineering and/or food science & technology.
    - Knowledge of the methodological framework of life cycle assessment (LCA).
    - Previous experience of a LCA project and of using Simapro is a plus.
    - Good command of the English language.

    Compensation and practical information:
    Compensation: 550 Euros/month (net)
    Starting date: Early September 2016 (alternatively early July 2016 is also possible).
    Duration: 6 months
    Location: Montpellier (UMR IATE research unit).
    Language of the internship: English
    Supervisors: Thierry Tran (UMR Qualisud research unit) and Valérie Guillard (UMR IATE research unit).

    Contact and application:
    Please send a CV and cover letter to Thierry Tran: (tel.: +66 (0)8 68 22 03 62)
    More information on CIRAD and the research units involved in the project (or contact Thierry Tran directly): (joint research unit between INRA and CIRAD)

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