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    · Writing sample (published or unpublished) that best exemplifies your scholarly work 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

  • 13 May 2016 10:49 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Research Associate

    Institution:  The University of Sheffield Management School,

    Location:  Sheffield, UK

    Deadline:  May 31, 2016

    Contract Type: Fixed-term for five years available from June 2016

    Faculty: Social Sciences

    Sheffield University Management School, the Faculty of Social Sciences’ largest department, has achieved accreditation from the three largest and most influential business school associations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

    The mission of Sheffield University Management School is to use our world class research base to develop knowledgeable and employable students, promote socially-responsible work practices and have a positive impact on organisations and society throughout the world. We sustain a research-intensive environment that creates, advances and disseminates knowledge with respect to management inquiry, for the benefit of students, private and public sector organisations and society in general. Our relocation to a fully refurbished building in June 2013 provides modern facilities in which to achieve our ambitions.

    To start this 10-year research programme, we are looking to appoint a five-year Research Associate in Sustainable Supply Chain in phase 1 of the LC3M in Theme 4 (Social Science). This will form a core stream of research in the LC3M. The overall aims are:

    • To build a global, sustainable, integrated enhanced rock weathering (EW) supply chain framework for analysing and understanding long-term environmental, social and economic impacts.
    • To undertake a full environmental impact assessment of EW using a combination of primary supply chain/operational process data (from Themes 1-3 i.e. earth system science, pure science and applied science) and secondary Life Cycle Inventory databases.
    • To analyse the entire EW supply chain using hybrid Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of mining, grinding, transporting and spreading of crushed rocks needed to support EW strategies at meaningful scales for CDR to enable integrated environmental assessment of the EW supply chain and uncertainty-perturbation scenario analyses.
    • To develop a comprehensive global sustainable EW supply chain model underpinned by life-cycle thinking, new measures and methodology.

    You will be expected and encouraged to develop your research profile through joint research activities and will have an excellent opportunity to develop your academic career potential. You will hold a good first degree and a PhD in Environmental Science, Sustainable Supply chain, Life Cycle Assessment, Management Science, Environmental Economics or a relevant area (or have equivalent experience). You will be experienced in quantitative data collection and analysis, especially in developing mathematical indicators and large scale datasets, and database analytics including advanced statistical analysis. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, and experience of delivering presentations is essential.


  • 12 May 2016 11:24 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD/Postdoc

    Institution:  Johannes Kepler University (JKU)

    Location:  Linz, Austria

    Deadline:  June 1, 2016

    At the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria, we are seeking PhD or PostDoc candidates (4y, 100%) for conducting a research project on “Smart Products and Lifecycle Management” from the perspective of innovation, sustainability or quality management (see attachment). Good German AND English language proficiencies are required!


    - Conducting a research project about product lifecycle management and innovation (e.g. Design-for-X/Eco Design) from the perspective of smart products and interconnected value chains (“Industry 4.0”), e.g. in the fields of smart mobility/home/grid

    - Project management and collaboration with business partner

    - Publishing in scientific journals (paper-based PhD or PostDoc/Habilitation)

    - Offering lectures and supervising theses (BSc/MSc/MBA)

    - Supporting one of the institute’s administrative functions (e.g. Marketing, IT, Finance)

    - Contributing to the flourishing of an ambitious new institute

    DEADLINE: June, 1st

    Further information attached and online:

  • 12 May 2016 11:05 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Summer 2016 Intern

    Institution:  Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, 2016 Summer Intern_Posting_20160505.pdf

    Location:  Home Based 

    Deadline:  May 16, 2016

    The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for a paid, 12-week summer internship. Please help us advertise this opportunity by sharing the attached posting with any contacts you think may be a good fit for this position. The internship is a home-based and the successful applicant will assist SPLC with program, marketing, IT and member engagement activities. 

    The deadline to apply is May 16th, 2016. Interested applicants must send their resume and cover letter to

  • 11 May 2016 4:57 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD Fellowship

    Institution:  University of Sherbrooke; LIRIDE-Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign.

    Location:  Sherbrooke, Quebec Province, Canada

    Deadline:  June 1, 2016

    The CIRCERB Industrial Chair in Quebec (Canada) and the LIRIDE Lab (Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign) in Sherbrooke (Canada) are offering 2 PhD fellowships in the area of methodological development and LCA applications in the construction sector :

    PhD 1 : Critical assessment of certification systems (LEED V4, LBC and Passivhaus) using commercial and institutional building LCA’s.

    PhD 2 :  Consequential LCA improvement using  Wood MFA in the construction sector.

    Both Ph.D. positions will be offered by the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada).

    •   Applicants should possess competitive undergrad and master grades.

    •   Skills in LCA modelling and inventory management are expected.

    •   Knowledge of building Engineering is an advantage.

    •   Knowledge of French is an advantage. If the applicant does not speak French, it will be expected that he or she is willing to learn French.

    Prior to applying to the university, all applicants must send to  for selection:  

    • 1)   cover letter with their motivations,
    • 2)   CV and 
    • 3)   a transcript including grades for all courses completed during their Master’s and undergrad’s program.

      Application deadline: June 1st 2016.

    Starting date : September 2016  

    Best Regards,

    Prof. Ben Amor, Ph.D. 





  • 04 May 2016 11:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Four PhD Studentships to Address Anthropogenic Climate Change

    Institution: ICTA-UAB

    Location:  UAB Bellaterra Campus, Barcelona, Spain

    Deadline: May 22, 2016

    Project 1: Project title: Integrated Scenarios for Island economies in the context of climate change. 

    Project 2: Project title: Beyond environmental effectiveness: investigating the impact of payments for ecosystem services on livelihoods and climate change adaptation 

    Project 3: Project title: Mediterranean coastal marine biodiversity under climate change: Local knowledge, perceptions and value 

    Project 4: Project title: Agro-urban sustainability through rooftop greenhouses, improving cities’ sustainability. Economic and environmental benefits 

    For more information on qualifications, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to apply, please visit the following links:

    Click here to download a PDF of the job description 

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

  • 02 May 2016 12:15 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: PhD Fellowship - Assessing environmental impacts of prospective scenarios in territorial LCA – Implementation on a forest territory

    Institution: The French Research Insititute Irstea

    Location: Hosted by the Elsa Group in Montpellier, France

    Deadline: May 18, 2016

    The main objective of this PhD thesis is to develop a methodology for assessing the direct and induced environmental and economic impacts of different prospective scenarios implemented on a territory. These developments will be based on the territorial LCA methodological framework. They will be applied to the comparison of the environmental impacts generated by different choices of forest-based sector management in the French Regional Natural Park of “Ballons des Vosges”. These choices are grouped in several contrasting prospective scenarios. These scenarios include for instance the territory specialization in wood energy in a context of globalized market or the multifunctional use of wood products including loop flows according to the principles of circular economy.

    Candidate Profile:

    With a qualification equivalent to 5 or more years of higher education (research master and / or engineering school), the successful candidate must have strong skills in economy and / or applied mathematics. In addition, the candidate must have basic knowledge in the field of environment sciences and resource management (for example, on the forest-based sector). A first practice of modeling tools or programming is highly required. For the case study and selection of the application example(s) chosen, as well as for the final evaluation phase, the ability to listen, exchange and communicate is essential. A good level of French (at least functional for conversation) is an advantage. Finally, the candidate must demonstrate an interest in public policy and decision support related to environmental issues and spatial planning. 

    For a detailed description of the position please click here

    For information on how to apply for this position please click here

  • 02 May 2016 11:21 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Life Cycle Assessment Researcher

    Institution: Amazon Corporate LLC

    Location: Seattle, Washington, US

    As our lead Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) researcher, you will be responsible for conducting assessments of environmental issues across the full Amazon business ecosystem, evaluating the sustainability impacts of supply chains, from manufacturing, to logistics, to consumer use, to end-of-life. The ideal candidate will have industry experience mapping complex supply chains, conducting LCAs, conducting material flows analyses, benchmarking environmental and social practices, designing research, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting results to business leaders through visualizations, dashboards, and metrics decks. The candidate should be comfortable working with imperfect data, and quantifying and identifying sources of uncertainty.

    The successful candidate must have strong math skills and the ability to apply systems thinking to complex, fast moving problems. The candidate should have familiarity with life-cycle assessment methods and applications. Experience using GaBi, SimaPro or Input-Output LCA software is a plus. The successful candidate will work under the direction of senior business leaders, but will act as a Subject Matter Expert and technical lead for all LCA-related analyses at Amazon, including designing research, gathering data, and interpreting results. The candidate may manage small project teams in gathering and analyzing large amounts of data.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage LCA-related research projects through all stages: ideation, modeling, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting;
    • Run LCA software and models;
    • Develop reports, dashboards and metrics decks which distill complex data into actionable insights;
    • Respond to time critical questions from multiple business teams;
    • Professionally communicate to senior business leaders.
    Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.


    • Superior written and verbal communication skills
    • 5+ years conducting LCA-related research
    • 5+ years experience working in the Sustainability field
    • Experience with Lean/Agile or similar project management methodologies
    • Masters degree in an LCA-related field


    • Superior Excel skills, with experience in SQL, R, Matlab, and/or Tableau
    • PhD

    For more information, please visit the original job posting

  • 25 Apr 2016 10:50 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Positions: Senior Researcher (R3), Postdoctoral Researcher (R2), PhD Student (R1)

    Institution: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation 

    Location: Pulawy, Poland

    Deadline: April 30, 2016

    Research Fields: Bioeconomy, systems analysis, Life Cycle Assessment 

    Career Stage: Senior Researcher (R3), Postdoctoral researcher (R2), PhD Student (R1)

    Monthly salary: €5,300 (R3), €3,600 (R2) and €1,700 (R1)

    Duration of employment: 46 months (R3) and 44 months (R1 and R2) 

    The Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis is looking for three researchers to join our team, who will be involved in the on-going project “New Strategies on Bio-Economy in Poland”, which is funded by the European Commission. The successful applicant will preferably have a combination of skills and experience in the following topics:

    ·      Biophysical modelling of bio-based systems (e.g. bioenergy), preferably with (hybrid) Life Cycle Assessment

    ·      Economic-equilibrium modelling

    ·      (Indirect) Land Use Change

    ·      Optimisation modelling

    ·      Geographical Information Systems

    ·      Water footprinting

    ·      Cost Benefit Analysis

     Required documents:

    1.     Curriculum Vitae 

    2.     Cover letter 

    3.     Consent of processing of the personal data*

    4.     Copy of MSc certificate (for R1 applicants only)

    5.     Letter(s) of reference (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    6.     List of Impact Factor publications, with H-index (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    7.     List of international and national projects (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    The required documents shall be sent by post to the Institute (IUNG-PIB, Czartoryskich 8 Street, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland) or by email in pdf format (attachments up to 15 MB) to Katarzyna Zylowska (kzylowska@iung.pulawy.plbioecon@iung.pulawy.plor submitted in person to the Human Resources Department of the Institute, from Monday to Friday, (7h – 15h) no later than 30th April 2016

    Shortlisted applicants should be prepared to participate in online and/or face-to-face interviews in May or June. The start date is negotiable, however the positions are open with immediate effect. 

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