International Society for Industrial Ecology

Job Postings and Research Opportunities

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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  • 20 Nov 2015 4:25 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Associate

    Institution:  Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Center for Industrial Ecology,

    Location:  New Haven, CT, USA

    Deadline:  Position to be filled as soon as possible

    A postdoctoral position will be available in the research group of Prof. Thomas Graedel at the Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University, beginning Jan. 1, 2016. In the past several years, this group has developed globally-recognized approaches to material flow analysis, recycling assessment, and metal criticality. The research in this new position will supplement the previous work by focusing on aspects of the resource sustainability of metals, and will involve supply chain analysis and scenario construction and analysis, among other related topics.

    The position requires an earned doctorate in an appropriate specialty such as industrial ecology or materials science. Experience with network analysis, visual display software, and/or MatLab is desirable. Salary and benefits are competitive. A position as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University provides full medical benefits through the Yale Health Plan. Additionally, Yale is a very rich intellectual community, with outstanding and frequent offerings in art, drama, music, and many other specialties. Other opportunities abound in New York City and Boston, each about two hours away by frequent rail service.

    This will be a one-year position, with possible extension to 2017 depending on funding.

    Yale University is internationally known for its excellence and ranks 10th in the world by the 2014 QS World University Rankings. Situated within the greater university, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies was founded in 1900 and has evolved into one of the most widely respected schools of the environment in the world. The Center for Industrial Ecology was established in 1998 to provide an organizational focus for research in industrial ecology.

    Letters of interest and a current CV should be sent to The position shall be filled as quickly as possible.

  • 18 Nov 2015 10:54 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate Professor Level

    Institution: University of South Florida - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Location: Tampa, Florida, US

    Review of applicants: Early December

    Expected start date: August 2016

    The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering invites applications for two (2) tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant/associate professor level with an expected start date of August 2016.  An earned Ph.D. in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or related engineering discipline(s) and evidence or potential for national prominence through superior scholarship, externally funded research, teaching excellence , and the ability to teach and mentor underrepresented groups is required.  A successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of graduate students in Ph.D. research and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in civil/environmental engineering that should include the field of sustainability science and engineering.  We are looking for individuals that contribute to our successes in global sustainability; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and humanitarian engineering; resource recovery from anthropogenic wastes; nutrient management in coastal urban areas; and systems and life cycle thinking applied to the water-energy-food nexus. The successful faculty candidate should fit into one or more of these themes and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: technology innovation and assessment of water and sanitation, sustainable water supply, systems engineering, green engineering, entrepreneurship and business development, evaluation of health risks from exposure to emerging pathogens, climate and environmental decision-making, and valuing socioeconomic implications of emerging technologies and environmental systems.

    Applicants must electronically submit the application packet to the following website: (ID 8731). 

    The packet must contain a cover letter, complete vitae with list of publications, names and detailed contact information for four references, a ≤ 2-page statement of the applicant’s teaching interests and vision, and a ≤ 2-page statement of the applicant’s research vision. The cover letter should be addressed to the 

    Dr. James R. Mihelcic, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave, ENB 118, Tampa, Florida, 33620.  

    The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who need disability accommodations to participate in the selection process should notify Brett Annette, Equal Opportunity Liaison Coordinator at (813) 974-7736 at least seven working days in advance of need.  Review of applicants will begin in early December and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. 

  • 16 Nov 2015 10:40 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Analyst

    Institution: Anthesis Group

    Location: Oxford, UK with possibility to relocate to our London office after 3 months

    Practice Area: Sustainability Analytics and Metrics
    Remuneration range: £23k to £25k
    Role: Initial 3 month contract with intent to convert to full time role
    Reporting structure: Reporting to Lead Analyst

    Analysts provide the data, calculations and analyses which are core to Anthesis . Your work will support the core values of Anthesis which are:

    • Delivering business value to our clients
    • Effectively communicating sustainability
    • Making a difference
    Summary of Role
    • Performing technical calculations in the context of wide ranging projects
    • Performing detailed calculations to determine material flows, greenhouse gas emissions, ecological footprints and other environmental, economic and social metrics as may be required
    Specific duties
    • Data modeling
    • Life cycle product supply chain mapping
    • Technical research and dissemination of the research
    • The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the company and the overall business objectives of the company.
    • Essential - Engineering, Mathematical or Physical Science degree or MSc Economics or Environmental Sciences
    • Research
    • Quality assurance/ reviewing
    • Numerical analysis/ data modeling/ ability to use Microsoft Excel
    • Team player
    • Report writing/ ability to use Microsoft Word
    • Project management
    • Sector experience
    Interested?  Please send your CV to: Alan Spray.
  • 11 Nov 2015 9:19 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Graduate Research Assistant

    Institution: State University of New York (SUNY) Albany

    Location: Albany, New York, USA

    Dr. Xiaobo Xue invites applications for a graduate research assistant position at the PhD level in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at SUNY, Albany. Dr. Xue’s research focuses on developing life cycle and risk assessment approaches to investigate the environmental sustainability of water and energy systems.

    The ideal candidate should have obtained a M.S. degree in environmental science, public health, environmental engineering, civil engineering, or a related field. Exceptional students with a B.S. degree in the aforementioned fields will be considered. Preference will be given to students with life cycle assessment, risk assessment, and mathematical modeling related research experience. The selected student will receive a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Opportunities will be available to attend academic conferences, and to collaborate with governmental and industrial partners.

    State University of New York at Albany, founded in 1844, is an internationally recognized public research university. The Environmental Health Science Department within the School of Public Health is a unique partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the State University of New York at Albany, and offers an education based on cutting-edge research and practice-based experience. State University of New York at Albany is a diverse community that includes students and faculty from all over the world, representing 100 nationalities and a wide array of cultures and religions. Albany is New York State's capital city, convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

    Interested students are encouraged to send a current CV and a one-page statement of qualifications to Dr. Xue at

    Interested Students will also need to apply to the PhD program in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences ( The online application deadline is Jan 1st, 2016.  

    Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • 09 Nov 2015 12:39 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Researcher in Life Cycle Analysis

    Institution: Veolia Research and Innovation

    Location: Paris, France

    Environment: Environment Division and Socio-Economics / Department Environment & Health

    Missions and objectives: Conduct of studies in the field of environmental services (Cleanliness, water, energy), development of new methodology fingerprint calculations.

    Main professional tasks and responsibilities:

     Conduct LCA studies and ecodesign

     Preparation of reports and position papers

     Communication internally and externally (written and oral)

     Dissemination and use, capitalization of results

     Scientific and Regulatory Watch.

     Participation in internal and external working groups

    Integration within Research projects:

    Position is under the command responsibility of the Cluster Manager Environment and Socio-Economics with a strong working relationship with members of the project teams and VERI of Project Managers.


    - Required Education:

    Engineer School (Bac + 5) or equivalent degree in process engineering, chemistry or in the field of materials

    PhD appreciated

    - Professional Experience: Research Engineer Environment (competence Life Cycle Analysis with knowledge monetization and / or social impacts)

    - Skills:

    Fluent English ; good writing skills.

    Good knowledge of the principles of modeling and statistical processing.

    Personal qualities (knowledge-being)

     Sense listening and contact

     Ability to analyze,

     Strong organizational, rigor and autonomy,

     Integration in a team of multidisciplinary researchers

     Ability to work in a team project

     Creativity, curiosity, dynamism and initiative

    CV and cover letter can be sent to

  • 04 Nov 2015 9:27 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Natural Resource Specialist

    Institution: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

    Location: Portland, Oregon, US

    Deadline: Wednesday, November 18

    Oregon DEQ has an exceptional opportunity for three candidates interested in serving as Natural Resource Specialist 4s in our Materials Management Program. The candidates will serve as senior technical experts in support of the Materials Management Section and Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.  Each will focus on one of these specialty areas:

    •  Leading and supporting voluntary initiatives with businesses to change production practices, materials and products to support sustainable materials management.
    • Preventing the wasting of food in all stages of its life cycle, and broader sustainable consumption initiatives.
    • Increasing and improving the recovery (recycling) of materials, and safely managing household hazardous waste.

    The successful candidates will lead the development of program strategies, goals, policy directions and action plans in their specialty areas. They will design and lead projects to implement those plans and lead and support other materials management projects. They will design and conduct research, evaluate and recommend policies and rule changes (where appropriate), hire and direct consultants and administer contracts, conduct extensive engagement with stakeholders and work collaboratively with diverse public and private partners. Experience in materials management is desirable but not required.

    Salary: $54,852.00 - $80,196.00 annually plus excellent benefits.

    For additional details, please see the job announcement at:

    Deadline: Wednesday November 18 at 11:59 pm.

  • 26 Oct 2015 10:31 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Candidate for ATTRACT Programme of the National Research Fund 

    Institution: National Research Fund

    Location: Luxembourg

    Deadline: Pre-proposal due by January 2016

    Seeking potential candidates for the ATTRACT programme of the National Research Fund (FNR) on the topic of "Computational Approaches for Circular Economy". Focus could be (but not restricted to) Material Flow Analysis and EE Input-Output modelling.

    The ATTRACT programme aims to support the national research institutions by expanding their competences in strategic research areas - by attracting outstanding young researchers with high potential to Luxembourg. Bringing excellent researchers with a high level of expertise in science and technology to Luxembourg is a key mission of the FNR.

    The ATTRACT programme is designed for researchers not yet established in Luxembourg and offers them the opportunity to set up their own research team within one of the country’s research institutions. Host institutions will offer candidates the prospect of building up their research programme and integrating it into one of the institution’s focus research areas, as well as the chance to develop their research career within the institution. Proposals selected under the ATTRACT programme have a lifespan of five years.

    The financial contribution by the FNR can be up to EUR 1.5 million for ‘Starting Investigators’ or EUR 2 million for ‘Consolidating Investigators’. The submission of the candidature is expected in 2016 (pre-proposal due by January 2016) for a start end of 2016 or beginning 2017.

    Please contact Dr. Enrico Benetto at for more information.

  • 19 Oct 2015 12:29 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Interdisciplinary Scientist

    Institution: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration

    Location: Silver Spring, MD

    Deadline: October 21, 2015

    Individuals with specialized experience, equivalent to the and GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels in the Federal service, reviewing, evaluating or conducting environmental fate or effects studies; conducting exposure (transport and fate) modeling; evaluating environmental data, writing environmental study evaluations, and evaluating and preparing environmental risk assessments and risk decision documents are encouraged to apply.

    Two vacancies:

    GS-0401/0415-12/13: Biologist and Toxicologist: : 

    GS-1301/1320-12/13, Physical Scientist and Chemist:

  • 19 Oct 2015 10:42 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Research Participant - Chemical Process Inventory Modeling for Life Cycle Assessment Application

    Institution: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

    The U.S. EPA is seeking a Research Participant with a M.S. degree for an opportunity in Chemical Process Inventory Modeling for Life Cycle Assessment Application.  The program is run through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and offers a stipend up to $60,814 per year.  The appointment will be served in Cincinnati, OH. 

    The project will develop accurate descriptions of chemical process models, which in collaboration with other ORD research will lead to the development and application of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) chemical inventory database and associated tools.

    The project involves the classification and reconciliation of process mass and energy flows to describe manufacturing processes for LCA chemical inventory purposes. Classification refers to the categorization of similar chemical manufacturing process data to most accurately substitute for processes when specific data is not available (e.g., alcohol category data for isobutanol). 

    Reconciliation refers to a methodology for improving data gaps or poor data by using various principles, including mass and energy balances, process and unit operation knowledge and models, and mathematical approaches, applied to inventory data developed via data mining and process-oriented approaches. 

    For more information please click here to view the EPA job posting.

    How to Apply:

    An application can be found at reference Project # EPA-ORD/NRMRL-STD-2015-05 when calling or writing for information.

  • 19 Oct 2015 10:31 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Environmental Sustainability Scientist

    Institution: Unilever 

    Location: United Kingdom (Sharnbrook-Colworth Science Park)

    Deadline: October 26, 2015

    Key Responsibilities

    • Provide sustainability expertise to identify opportunities to manage environmental impacts of products/ product portfolios 
    • Influence Unilever’s innovation, supply chain, marketing and Corporate sustainability strategies and ambitions
    • Engage and interact with colleagues within SEAC and other Unilever functions, offering sustainability insights to business projects 
    • Represent Unilever in relevant external activities on sustainability assessment of products and technologies 
    • Present SEAC research in international conferences and engage with Key Opinion Formers to further enhance Unilever’s reputation in this area
    • Develop and maintain collaborations and partnerships with key academic, governmental and industrial groups
    Essential Skills
    • Relevant degree level qualification 
    • Ability to apply LCA for the environmental assessment of products and technologies, and experience and knowledge of LCA software 
    • Broader sustainability expertise in any of the following areas: agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystems services, water quality and availability 
    • Ability to generate, evaluate and interpret data used in environmental impact assessments
    • Good influencing and communication skills; ability to communicate complex scientific information and rationales on environmental sustainability to individuals from other disciplines or from non- technical backgrounds
    • Ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams and in multi-cultural environments
    Desired Skills and Experience
    • Masters qualification in relevant subject
    • Relevant business experience 
    • Understanding and experience of life-cycle thinking and sustainable product design
    • Experience in utilizing structured and unstructured data 
    • Experience in Project management
    More details including how to apply can be found here
    Job #: 15000IS9

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