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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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  • 23 Feb 2015 2:45 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Sustainability Associate

    Institution:  Pure Strategies

     Location:  Gloucester, MA or Reston, VA office 1-­2 days per week. 

    Deadline:  March 1, 2015

    Position Overview  

    Pure Strategies seeks a Sustainability Associate to supplement our senior staff in support of our corporate clients and market research program. For over 16 years, our company has helped leading companies obtain the business benefits of sustainability through improvements in strategy, operations, products, and supply chains.

    The Sustainability Associate will work collaboratively and independently to contribute to the team's client projects across industries and project areas and support our company's market research program in corporate sustainability. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working independently, critical analysis, collaboration, written communication, and providing high quality results.

    Note: Title, wage, and exact job responsibilities will be based on education and experience. 

    Work Environment 

    Pure Strategies offers a highly flexible work environment. Team members collaborate on projects but have a high degree of autonomy. The Sustainability Associate must be able to deliver highly effective results working from a home office in a virtual team and on site. 

    This full-time salaried position is located in the Boston North Shore or Metro DC area, and is primarily telecommuting, but will be required to work at either the Gloucester, MA or Reston, VA office 1-­2 days per week. Travel will be limited and mostly involve periodic meetings in these locations. 


    • Support the consulting and research teams on a variety of corporate, product, and supply chain sustainability issues including but not limited to: conducting literature reviews; collecting, organizing and analyzing data; and benchmarking corporate activities. 
    • Carefully document research and work progress. 
    • Synthesize and write findings for internal and corporate client audiences. 
    • Assist in editing and compiling reports and presentations and related deliverables. 
    • Perform other related duties at the direction of project teams to support client and research project objectives. 
    • Execute multiple tasks for several team members.  



    • BS Degree (science, environmental or engineering) degree. 
    • Minimum 3-­4 years of professional experience. 
    • Project management experience. 
    • Experience in sustainability. 
    • A versatile self-starter that can quickly learn and work independently. 
    • Strong English verbal and written communication skills. 
    • Proven research and analytical skills and problem solving ability. 
    • Proficient with PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. 
    • Superior time management skills and highly organized. 
    • Careful attention to detail. 
    • Ability to successfully manage multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to work well in a virtual team environment.
    • Beneficial additional skills and characteristics.
    • Graduate degree in science or business.
    • Record of academic excellence.

    To Apply

    Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by March 1, 2015.  

    ~ Pure Strategies is an equal opportunity employer ~ 

    When you apply for this position, please say you saw this job on Green Dream Jobs!!

    Contact Information:
    Karynn Needel
    6172405700 (phone)

  • 18 Feb 2015 4:15 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant Professor (2)

    Institution:  Utrecht University

    Locatiion:  Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Deadline:  March 1, 2015

    The Innovation Studies group at Utrecht University is looking for two new colleagues in the field of innovation, transitions, sustainability and business. You will teach in the BSc program Science and Innovation Management and MSc program Innovation Science or the MSc program on Sustainable Business and Innovation. Your input in courses depends on your own expertise and fields of interest. Furthermore, you will supervise students working on their Bachelor and Master thesis.

     You will contribute to the research program of the section Innovation Studies where the dynamics of emerging technologies and societal transitions are central topics. The section Innovation Studies is a large research group (30 fte) doing excellent research and enjoying high (inter)national visibility. The culture of the group is open, collaborative and ambitious. Your own research interests are found within the broad field of innovation studies (evolutionary modeling, innovation systems, user innovation studies, entrepreneurship, institutional analysis) and technological transitions (innovation systems, transition theories) or related to the topic of business and sustainability. An additional task is to contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects. Depending on your research focus you will be working under the supervision of Professors Marko Hekkert, Koen Frenken, Rob Raven or Ellen Moors.

    You should:

    • hold a doctoral degree (PhD) that is related to the field of Innovation Studies, Transition Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Organization Studies, Economics, Geography or a related discipline; 
    • have a proven affinity with Innovation Studies;
    • have a proven expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research;
    • have interest and experience in research that matches our programmed research;
    • have published in international scientific journals;
    • have experience in acquiring and carrying out externally funded projects;
    • be well connected to relevant academic partners as well as to stakeholders in society;
    • have excellent communicational skills and be a team player;
    • acquire the basic teaching qualification of Utrecht University, if not obtained a similar qualification yet. 
    For the Innovation Studies position we offer a full-time tenure track position that starts with an initial period of two years, with an intended extension of either another two years or permanent position, subject to performance. For the Sustainable Business position we offer a full time three year contract. Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is dependent on qualifications and experience and will start between € 3,324.- and €  4,551.- per month (scale 11). The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. We also offer a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions.

    For informal inquiries you can contact Prof Marko Hekkert:

    To apply you can click the button below. Please attach your motivation for the position, a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two referees.
  • 18 Feb 2015 4:10 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Institution:  University of Manchester

    Location:  Manchester, UK

    Deadline  February 22, 2015

    The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the GreenPREG project.

    GreenPREG is funded by the European Commission through the Eco-innovation Programme and is carried out in collaboration between several industrial partners from Italy and Belgium and the University of Manchester. The project aims to develop a production process for novel type of Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) with significantly increased recyclability and lower environmental impacts compared to traditional FRP and other alternative materials.

    Your role will involve carrying out life cycle sustainability assessment, and in particular environmental life cycle assessment and life cycle costing, to estimate the potential environmental and economic savings of novel FRP.

    You will have an excellent first degree and a PhD in engineering or science and a demonstrable expertise in life cycle assessment and life cycle costing. You will be an independent and highly-motivated researcher able to work with minimal supervision. Industrial experience or knowledge of the sector and products addressed by the project would be a distinct advantage. See the further details on

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Adisa Azapagic and will be based in the Sustainable Industrial Systems (SIS) research group within the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. For more information on SIS and GreenPREG, visit

    Closing date: 22/02/2015

  • 09 Feb 2015 1:16 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Term Faculty or Tenure Track Position in Sustainability and Program Director of the MIS in Sustainability Management

    Institution: Kogod School of Business, American University,

    Location:  Washington, DC

    Kogod School of Business invites nominations and applications for a term-faculty or tenure-track faculty position in sustainability for Academic Year 2015-16 (beginning Fall 2015). The term faculty position will be a renewable full time non-tenure position carrying the rank of Executive in Residence or Term Assistant Professor as appropriate. The tenure track position will carry the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to the tenure-track position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring.


    Qualifications. The requirements for this position are a PhD or a related terminal degree. The candidate must have a proven track record of teaching excellence preferably in business school courses. A strong commitment and evidence of productive scholarly research is required for tenure track candidates and a plus for term faculty candidates. Extensive work experience in sustainability will be considered in lieu of a PhD degree for term faculty candidates.

     Responsibilities. Providing administrative, academic, and strategic sustainability leadership for the MSSM program including attracting, retaining and placing high-quality students, implementing pedagogical improvements such as curriculum development, monitoring the academic quality of the program, and coordinating closely with Kogod staff and faculty. Engaging the business and policy-making communities, strengthening existing ties, and promoting the Kogod School of Business and the MSSM program to outside constituents.

     Teaching sustainability and related courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participation in department, school, and university activities. Additionally, for tenure track candidates, research focused at top tier and high quality journals is required.

     The administrative position of Program Director of the MSSM program comes with a reduced teaching load in order to enable the Program Director to primarily focus on managing and developing the MSSM program. The administrative title, course releases, and any additional compensation are subject to periodic review for renewal based on performance and administrative need.

     Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae or résumé, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations.  

     To apply please submit materials via :

    Requests for information should be directed to: Ms. Takei Roach at

  • 09 Feb 2015 11:56 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant Professor - Environmental Systems Analysis

    Institution: Umea University,

    Location: Sweden

    Deadline:  February 15, 2015

    Umeå University in Sweden is seeking candidates for an assistant professor with focus on Enviromental System Analysis.

    For details please visit: and check out Open positions

    Extended deadline for applications: February 15, 2015 

  • 09 Feb 2015 11:40 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Project Manager in Sustainability

    Institution:  LEITAT,

    Location:  Barcelona, Spain

    LEITAT technological Center is currently offering an open position in the Sustainability Unit

    You can find the job description here


    Candidates applying for this position should have experience on LCA studies and software, and have good communication skills.

    In case you are interested, please contact

  • 09 Feb 2015 11:12 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Director of the Sustainable Communities Educational Initiatives Office (SCEIO)

    Institution: Georgia Instituteof Technology

    Deadline:  February 16, 2015

    SCEIO is being established as part of the Institute's proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a component of our reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Tech's proposed QEP is titled Serve-Learn-Sustain and will focus on efforts to equip our undergraduate students with the knowledge and capabilities to effectively address sustainability challenges and inter-related community-level societal needs in their professions and their civic lives. More information about the QEP may be found on the Office of Undergraduate Education's website:


    The director will have primary responsibility for the implementation and assessment of the Serve*Learn*Sustain plan and will initially report to the QEP Executive Faculty Co-Directors with an additional reporting line to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). SCEIO will be organizationally housed within the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), and the director will serve as a member of the Vice Provost's leadership team. The position is a non tenure track academic faculty position; the exact level (academic professional or senior academic professional) will be determined by the selected candidate' experience and academic qualifications.



    • Coordinate the campus-wide implementation of the Serve*Learn*Sustain plan as outlined in Georgia Tech's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), including ongoing communication, marketing, assessment, and coordination with the faculty and various administrative units involved in its infrastructure and planning
    •  Hire, supervise, and evaluate profession and administrative staff, including a Program Manager, a Partnership Development Director, and an Administrative Assistant.
    •  Develop and implement a set of protocols and metrics to track progress of the plan, as outlined in the QEP
    •  Prepare reports and presentations, including an annual report, detailing activities, implementation progress, and achievement and numerical targets, results of assessment activities and future goals and expectations
    •  Work cohesively with the Executive Committee to plan and implement Serve*Learn*Sustain activities
    • Collaborate across campus to ensure maximum effectiveness of Serve*Learn*Sustain development and implementation
    • Convene semi-annual meetings of the Academic Advisory Council and the Student Advisory Council to facilitate ongoing communication and feedback regarding Serve*Learn*Sustain related activities and programs
    • Assist in the development of an External Advisory Board and coordinate annual meetings of the Board in conjunction with the Executive Committee
    • Develop a template for learning from cooperative and other experiential learning experiences related to Serve*Learn*Sustain
    • Coordinate with the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education on financial and administrative matters related the development and implementation of the office and its programs
    • As time and scheduling permits, and based on the selected candidate' academic qualifications, teach an undergraduate  course in an area related to the Serve*Learn*Sustain plan
    • Complete other duties as requested in support of Serve*Learn*Sustain or the Office of Undergraduate Education

    Requested Credentials and Experience:

    We seek a creative, innovative, and visionary leader with demonstrated experience achieving goals and effectively implementing new initiatives. The minimum requirements for this position include:

    • an earned terminal degree, preferably in a discipline represented at Georgia Tech (a candidate with a masters degree could be considered if they bring exceptional professional experience related to the subject of the QEP)
    • demonstrated project management skills
    • at least 5 years of professional experience in a university or related setting
    • strong written and verbal communication skills
    • evidence of the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, students, and administrators


    Preferred qualifications include:

    • professional background in sustainability education and service learning/community engagement programs
    • experience with budget management and supervision and development of professional staff
    • undergraduate teaching experience and ability to teach an undergraduate course in one of Tech' colleges
    • experience with program evaluation and assessment
    • experience with working in or with industrial, NGO, or government organizations on sustainability or service learning programs

    To Apply

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit an application by February 16, 2015. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2015 but this is negotiable. To apply, email a cover letter that addresses qualifications for this position; a resume/vita; and the names, titles, and contact information (email, phone) for four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification) in a single MS Word or PDF file to (please reference the position title in your email' subject line). Selection process will include passing a pre-employment background screening.


  • 09 Feb 2015 11:00 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Life Cycle Associate

    Institution:  SCS Global Services,

    Location:  Emeryville, CA


    We seek a highly organized, skilled engineer or scientist to join our Environmental Certification Services Department. This is a full-time hands-on position working with a small team dedicated to life cycle assessment and related analyses. You will need to be a great communicator (written and oral) both within the team and with a broad variety of clients. This position offers the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, presents an array of learning opportunities, as well as the opportunity for some travel.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assist with the operational aspects of the Life Cycle Services program, including life cycle inventory and life cycle impact assessments, Environmentally Preferable Products declarations and other evaluations for the retail sector;
    • Provide support for completing scope of life cycle assessment (LCA) contracts;
    • Assist in the development and maintenance of new and existing client base;
    • Assist with the tracking of LCA budgets as requested;
    • Occasional travel as required for client visits and/or tradeshows on behalf of SCS (approximately 10%);
    • Support to the Program Director and/or Program Manager in communicating with clients and consultants;
    • Business and market development assistance;
    • Quality control (e.g., tracking developments of program requirements, and coordination of programmatic changes);
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Minimum B.S. or B.A. degree in engineering or other scientific/technical field with preference for a chemical engineer. Preference will be given to Masters Degree or significant relevant work experience;
    • Must be willing to learn the technical aspects of SCS’s life cycle inventory and life cycle impact assessment models and methodologies;
    • The successful candidate will possess a broad-base of environmental knowledge and/or experience with different environmental mediums, pollutants/waste, and ecosystem and human health;
    • Industrial experience, including process evaluation, and/or knowledge of energy systems is a plus;
    • Complete fluency in English and work (or school) experience that involves professional written communication;
    • Superlative organizational skills, ability to prioritize numerous tasks effectively;
    • Experience with computers, including Outlook, Word, Excel, File Maker and database management;
    • Strong customer service and teamwork orientation;
    • Initiative, good judgment, and ability to work independently under pressure in a changing environment;
    • An abiding interest in sustainability and related environmental issues;
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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  • 09 Feb 2015 10:18 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD Candidates for Improved Product Environmental Footprints (1,0 fte)

    Institution:  Radboud University,

    Location:  Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Deadline:  February 15, 2015

    Radboud University Nimejen and Unilever are seeking 5 motivated and highly skilled PhD students to join themultidisciplinary and intersectoral European Industrial Doctorate (EID) project called RELIEF (“RELIability of product Environmental Footprints”).


    The aim of the RELIEF project is to improve the reliability of the environmental footprinting of products. The students will be employed and graduate in Nijmegen, but part of the project will be performed at Unilever in the UK.


    The call for application is available on the Radboud University website: Application deadline: 15th February 2015.

  • 04 Feb 2015 3:05 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Japanese Government Scholarship

    Institution:  Nagoya University

    Location:  Nagoya, Japan

    Japanese Government Scholarship, Nagoya University

    Applications are now open for the "Forefront Studies Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Co-Development, October 2015" including Graduate Studies (Master and Doctor degrees) in the IE fields of Socio-economic Metabolism and Material Stocks & Flows with the research group headed by Prof. Hiroki Tanikawa.

    Selected students are guaranteed to obtain a Japanese Government Scholarship.

    Financial Support
     - Exemption from tuition fees
     - A monthly stipend of about 148,000 yen (subject to change depending on
    the annual budget of each year)
     - Air ticket from/to the student's country

    The deadline for applications is on February 20, 2015.

    Detailed information and application forms can be found in the following website.

    Research Fields
     (1) Environmental Engineering (including IE, SEM, and MFA)

     (2) Infrastructure and Environmental Planning
     (3) Structural Engineering, Materials and Informatics
     (4) Coastal and Ocean Engineering
     (5) Hydraulics and Hydrology
     (6) Geotechnical Engineering
     (7) Transportation Engineering and Planning
     (8) Sustainable Transport and Spatial Development

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