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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  • 24 Aug 2016 1:47 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   PhD student in Environmental Accounting and Ecosystem Services

    Institution:  The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

    Location:  Belvaux, Luxembourg

    Within the framework of a recently funded H2020 project, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is currently seeking a PhD student in Environmental Accounting and Ecosystem Services. The scope of the PhD is on the development of an impact assessment scale to evaluate and compare the benefits, co-benefits and costs associated with nature-based solutions in cities. 

    The position is posted here 

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:28 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: Sustainability & Assurance Systems Manager 

    Institution:  Kerry

    Location:  Beloit, WI, US

    Supports key components of Kerry’s Global Sustainability initiatives by developing best in class waste, water, and carbon minimization processes and manages internal and external HSE assurance processes throughout Kerry Americas Region. Will liaise with Corporate Purchasing on sustainable sourcing strategies and develop appropriate strategies for life cycle analysis / carbon foot printing of customer specific products or supply chains.

    Complete job details here

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:14 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Strategic Initiatives Coordinator (Sustainability Coordinator)

    Institution: Johns Hopkins University

    Location:  Baltimore, MD

    Will lead the Office of Sustainability’s Smart Labs Initiative, working to identify opportunities, advocate solutions, and implement changes that advance campus sustainability. Will oversee the inventorying of laboratory equipment and evaluate procurement of supplies and reagents. Will research opportunities and generate proposals for programs and equipment that can reduce energy consumption, and provide recommendations to various departments including Facilities across all campuses and Procurement.

    Complete job description and link to apply here

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:08 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  LEED Associate, Operations and committees

    Institution:  U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

    Location:  Dist. Columbia, US

    The U.S. Green Building Council has two openings for a LEED Associate, Operations and Committees position. He/she will support the basic operational functions of the LEED department and serve as a liaison between USGBC staff and the 100+ volunteers who serve on the committees and the LEED International Roundtable of organizations that support development of LEED.

    Find USGBC jobs here


  • 18 Aug 2016 1:05 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Energy

    Institution:  Bentley University,

    Location:  Waltham, MA, USA

    Deadline:  Until filled

    Bentley University’s Natural and Applied Sciences Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broadly defined field of energy, with research and teaching interests that could include energy technologies and innovation, smart-grid technology, energy storage technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy systems management, availability and distribution of energy resources, energy analytics, energy transformations in Earth systems, or energy resources in the context of business, public policy, and global climate change.
    The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant STEM field, including physics, engineering, Earth sciences, chemistry, physical geography, environmental science, or related discipline. She/He must be an outstanding teacher who can engage undergraduate students, most of whom are business majors, and perform innovative research in his/her fields of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in energy science, including foundations in physics and electives that support the sustainability and health curricula within the department. In addition, the candidate will be expected to mentor students in Bentley’s Sustainability Science B.A. program and Earth Environment & Global Sustainability Liberal Studies Major. We encourage collaborative research that complements the Department’s focus in sustainability and health, as well as Bentley’s business perspective and strengths in data analytics, information technologies, actuarial and mathematical sciences, ethics, and international programs. Individuals with industry or government science experience are encouraged to apply.

    Click here to see the complete posting.

  • 18 Aug 2016 12:45 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD position

    Institution:  SDU Life Cycle Engineering,  University of Southern Denmark,

    Location:  Odense, Denmark


    SDU Life Cycle Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in urban metabolism and urban sustainability. We expect the position to be filled from November 1st, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    SDU Life Cycle Engineering is a self-governed Centre within the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark. The Centre is acknowledged for unique research in system analysis and systems integration, applying a holistic understanding and global view on the sustainable development, optimization and integration of key sectors such as agriculture, energy, industry and waste management under present and future framework conditions. The theory and methods of Life Cycle Assessment, Energy System Analysis, and Material Flow Analysis as well as economic and socio-economic assessment lie at the core of our research.

    Our research field was established at SDU in 2007. Since then, we have been steadily growing, and by 2016 we have achieved status as self-governed Centre, counting 15 researchers from 8 countries and about to expand again by opening 7-9 positions. We are predominantly externally funded and engaged in a large number of strategic research projects funded by a variety of sources from EU projects, national strategic research projects, sector research projects (e.g. the Danish EPA and Energy Agency) to private company projects and NGO projects. In our research, we collaborate with leading universities, centres and companies in Denmark, EU, USA, and Asia with project partners counting around 200 industrial partners, 100 university partners, and 40 authority and NGO partners since the establishment of our research group in 2007.

    Our education & teaching portfolio covers a broad range of technology and science courses related to these research areas. We are running our university’s Master program in Environmental Engineering and are strongly involved in both the Bachelor and Master programs on Energy Technology and on Integrated Design and Sustainable Product Development.

    The PhD position is a core part of the project “The weight of cities and dematerialization and decarbonization implications (CityWeight)” recently funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.

    Cities present both the problems and solutions to sustainability challenges. Urbanization is largely a process of the development of urban built environment stocks, which facilitate access to human needs and consequently lead to environmental impacts throughout the entire life cycle (built-up, operation, retrofitting, and waste management phases). Urban metabolism research has hitherto been focusing on characterizing urban flows; however, urban stocks and their implications on the trade-offs and synergies between direct and indirect environmental impacts mitigation remain poorly understood. In this project, we propose to develop a method to characterize the physical weight, material composition, spatial distribution, and historical dynamics of built environment stocks for case Danish cities (e.g., Odense). The results will help inform sustainable waste management, urban planning, dematerialization, and decarbonization strategies.

    The PhD fellow is expected to:

    Successfully complete a study programme corresponding to 30 ECTS

    Participate in teaching and dissemination activities corresponding to approx. one semester of full time employment

    Carry out an external research stay

    Complete a PhD thesis including scientific peer-reviewed articles

    Defend his PhD work in a public PhD defence

    Qualifications and skills

    The successful candidate should have a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Geography, or closely related disciplines. Knowledge and/or experience with Material Flow Analysis and/or Geographical Information System (GIS) are preferable. Experience in modelling and/or quantitative analysis is an advantage.

    The applicant should have good communication skills. He or She must either have English as her/his native language, or alternatively be able to demonstrate an English language the level demanded by the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering (minimum scores: IELTS 6.5 points; Paper-based TOEFL 575 points; Computer based TOEFL 230, Internet-based TOEFL 88 points).

    The ideal candidate should be ambitious, well-motivated, and hardworking. He or She should be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary and international academic environment, and should be able to work both independently and in a team. At SDU Life Cycle Engineering we are front runners in the main part of our research areas, and accordingly, the candidate is expected to have ability of being creative, and to be able to work under challenged conditions where the road ahead is not clear, and on the borderline of our knowledge.

    Further information is available from Associate Professor Gang Liu at phone: +45 6550 9441, email:

    Please find more details and submit your application here

  • 16 Aug 2016 3:39 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Officer - Sustainable Economy and Procurement

    Institution:  ICLEI

    Location:  Freiburg, Germany

    Deadline:  August 31, 2016

    Click here for job details.

  • 16 Aug 2016 11:50 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Life Cycle Assessment Researcher 

    Institution:  Amazon Corporate, LLC

    Location:  Seattle, WA, USA

    Deadline:  none given

    At Amazon, we’re working to be the most customer-centric company on earth. To get there, we need exceptionally talented, bright, and driven people that are committed to making a meaningful impact on sustainability. We are looking for a lead Life Cycle Assessment researcher to join our growing Sustainability team.

    Position details here

  • 15 Aug 2016 11:10 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Project Manager

    Institution:  Stockholm Environment Institute

    Location:  Stockholm, Sweden

    Deadline:  August 21, 2016

    The Stockholm Environment Institute is seeking an experienced project manager. The main responsibility for the successful candidate will be to take on a major role in the coordination and implementation of the global Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme (SLE) This four-year initiative is led jointly by the Swedish and Japanese governments and WWF International.  SEI has been mandated to act as the Swedish Government's representative in the programme.

    The vacancy can be found here .

    For any questions concerning this position, please contact SEI directly, as indicated in the vacancy announcement. 

  • 01 Aug 2016 2:33 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Research Fellow

    Institution:  University of Surrey, Centre for Environmental Strategy

    Location: Surrey, UK

    Deadline:  August 28, 2016

    Salary:  £30,738 - £35,609 per annum

    CES is offering an exciting opportunity to work on a EU funded project with industrial collaborators. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing an approach for incorporating uncertainty into early stage design decisions within the aerospace industry. The project, working with UK and European partners, and to be delivered to Rolls-Royce, aims to provide designers with a system to assess the environmental impacts of design choices early in the design process where uncertainty is high. It is anticipated that a range of methods to reduce uncertainty will be required, depending on type of data available and is likely to cover both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

    The post is fixed term until August 2020, based in Surrey, with some travel to Europe. Close working with European colleagues will be required.

    The post will be based in the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) at the University of Surrey,  an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development.  It takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, integrating strong, engineering based approaches with insights from the social sciences to develop action-oriented, policy relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues.  CES prides itself in providing a friendly and supportive environment in which our internationally and culturally diverse group of students and staff can flourish.

    Main responsibilities;

    • ·         Working with the Surrey PI to develop, test and refine an approach for assessing uncertainty in LCA type approaches.
    • ·         Providing the full research team with regular updates and attending progress meetings
    • ·         Working alongside software engineers to support translation of approach to existing software formats and packages 

    The successful candidate should have

    • ·         A PhD (or equivalent) or significant industrial experience in LCA application
    • ·         Excellent working knowledge of statistical processes that are used when assessing uncertainty in complex systems
    • ·         Be familiar with a range of social research approaches and methods for incorporating qualitative data with quantitative analysis
    • ·         Excellent communication skills
    • ·         Capable of independent working and working to tight deadlines
    • ·         Comfortable with liaising remotely with a dispersed project team across Europe
    • ·         Whilst not a necessity, prior experience of working with industrial partners would be an advantage.

    If you would like to communicate informally about the project, please contact Dr Jacquetta Lee ( for more information.

    To apply, please visit


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