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  • 21 Jul 2016 2:00 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral candidate

    Institution: Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University, 

    Location:  Linz, Austria

    Deadline:    August 25, 2016

    We are seeking a PostDoc candidate (4 years, 100%) in the area of innovation, sustainability or quality management at the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria,

     *** DETAILS (see also attached file) ***

    The Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria, conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching at the interface of Innovation, Quality and Sustainability Management ( It has recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Circular Economy initiative. JKU offers excellence in teaching and research, strong international partnerships and a unique campus. Research conducted at four faculties (Social Sciences, Economics & Business; Law; Engineering & Natural Sciences; Medicine) is recognized worldwide. More than 19,000 students are enrolled in over 60 academic degree programmes.

    Your tasks:
    -             Mentoring of the institute’s PhD students and coordination of research projects
    -             Conducting an own research project with our strategic partner
    -             Publishing in high quality scientific journals
    -             Teaching responsibility (1 course with 4 ECTS/semester)
    -             Contributing to the flourishing of an ambitious young institute
     Your profile:
    -             PhD/Doctorate degree (or close to graduation) in a relevant field 
    -             Enthusiasm for research and high performance
    -             Experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals
    -             Very good English skills (German of advantage, but not necessary)
    -             Team spirit
     We offer:
    -             Excellent research infrastructure/resource availability
    -             Opportunity for developing an own research area aligned within IQD’s research strategy
    -             Possibility to pursue a Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification in the German-speaking area)
    -             Very good ties to local businesses and access to large database (empirical field) with Austrian companies active in environmental and quality management
    -             Strong network of international research institutions
    -             Minimum gross salary of EUR 3.590/month (14 salaries per year!)
    -             Attractive location (approx. 1h from Vienna, Linz is beautifully situated in the Danube river basin)

     Please submit your application (incl. CV and related certificates) online at (university’s job reference 3121); application close: 25 August 2016. Please contact the Head of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen (, +43 732 2468-5521), for further information.

  • 21 Jul 2016 1:53 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Environmental Program Manager

    Institution:  Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition

    Location:  Washington, DC/ Alexandria, VA USA

    Deadline:  until position is filled

    About the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC): The EICC is a nonprofit organization committed to helping our 100+ international members understand and improve the social and environmental challenges and opportunities in the global electronics supply chain. Our vision is to help our members build an electronics industry supply chain that consistently operates with social, environmental and economic responsibility. We are currently hiring an Environmental Program Manager. This position is currently available and interviews will take place until the position is filled.

    Position Summary: The Program Manager’s primary responsibility is managing critical EICC initiatives on environmental issues, including but not limited to industrial hygiene and hazardous substances, pollution prevention and resource reduction, waste, air emissions, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and responsible raw material sourcing. In addition to the environmental projects, the Program Manager will support other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, including around labor and human rights. Implementing these issues entails developing engagement strategies that build sustainable partnerships with the EICC among internationally recognized stakeholders and standards-setting organizations critical to the relevance, accountability, and impact of the EICC’s programs. Finally, the Program Manager is responsible for input on environmental and social standards and management systems to the standard-setting, drafting, and publication of EICC’s VAP operations manual.

    Primary Responsibilities:
    • Work with EICC members, service providers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders to develop program plans around key issues in the electronics supply chain.
    o Conduct regular work group calls among member company representatives to collect feedback and encourage performance improvement through EICC’s core programs and tools.
    o Track all charters, goals, KPIs and successfully implement EICC programs.

    • Provide an internal advocate voice for environmental standards and implementation tools in shaping EICC initiatives to the highest standards.
    o Collect information from internal and external reliable and credible sources regarding environmental performance standards and management systems in global supply chains to not only understand those conditions but also to test the effectiveness of EICC programs and initiatives, and ensure that EICC’s strategic objectives and activities are appropriate to the context and stay relevant to those realities;
    o Develop, draft text for, and obtain approval for revisions to the VAP Operations Manual, ensuring the highest standards in environmental performance assessment.

    • Promote and facilitate ongoing engagement between EICC members and credible relevant stakeholders.
    • Develop a strategy to enhance the participation and voice of EICC members in the EICC programs and activities at all levels.
    • Constructively critique and provide input into EICC initiatives to ensure that the highest environmental standards and/or their advocates are involved in the process.
    • Develop and provide guidance to the EICC including the EICC’s audit program, risk assessment tools, data collection tools, e-learning platform, and overall effectiveness of existing strategies.
    • Advocate externally for EICC’s approach and actions, and build a network of credible relevant stakeholders informed about the EICC’s work on environmental issues.
    • Oversee stakeholder dialogue and projects associated with environmental issues.
    • Provide support as needed for stakeholder dialogue and projects associated with social issues.
    • Assist with planning of the annual conference (and other global events) in terms of helping secure subject matter expert speakers, and potentially speak and moderate panels.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned.

    Required skills and experience:
    • Environmental expertise with knowledge of carbon reporting, water stewardship, recycling, chemical management and other environmental issues affecting the electronics industry.
    • Working knowledge of labor, human rights, and other social issues affecting the electronics industry.
    • Ability to manage work independently, with a high level of technical independence and judgement.
    • Excellent listening, communication, and interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cultural differences.
    • Strong presentation skills required.
    • Strong writing skills, with an emphasis on technical or legal drafting.
    • Ability to speak from first-hand knowledge of interpreting environmental performance standards, legislation, regulations, proposals thereof and experience with environmental advocacy organizations and regulatory bodies.
    • Understanding of supply chain environmental issues related to the electronics industry.
    • Knowledge of and experience with environmental performance standards and local/global environmental laws and regulations and/or other relevant laws and regulations.
    • Ability to multi-task and work on various projects.

    Desired education and experience:
    • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree
    • 5 years of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Human Rights experience

    Additional information: This position is located at the EICC office in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., near the King Street Metro station. Standard office hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and telecommuting is not available. Occasional evening calls may be required, as is travel. EICC offers a competitive benefits package including onsite parking or transit subsidy, a small onsite fitness facility and optional group workouts. This is a small but growing global organization serving global members and we are looking for a motivated self-starter.

    How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume, salary expectations and availability to Christine Briscoe, ( with “Environmental Program Manager” in the subject line. Please indicate where you learned about the position. Preliminary interviews will be phone and web based using Skype or GoToMeeting. References will be required for final candidates.

  • 21 Jul 2016 1:35 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   PhD position available in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and biomaterials.

     Institution:  IFP Energies Nouvelles

    Location:  Montpellier and Rueil-Malmaison Cedex - France

    Deadline: September 5, 2016


    Time dimension in the assessment of the environmental impacts of long life products


    - Arnaud HELIAS, Thesis supervisor: LCA / Process engineering (Elsa - Montpellier SupAgro -INRA)

    - Anthony BENOIST: LCA / Biomass & bioproducts / Process engineering (Elsa – CIRAD)

    - Pierre COLLET: LCA / Process engineering (IFP Energies Nouvelles)

     Industrial partner: Solvay (

     Contact: Pierre COLLET: - Tel : 00 33 4 37 70 32 14 / 00 33 1 47 52 81 14


    - 70% in the ELSA research group in Montpellier (

    - 30% at IFP Energies Nouvelles in Rueil-Malmaison (

     Key words: Life Cycle Assessment; Biomass; Bioproducts; End of Life; Global warming; Water impact


    We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and communicative candidate with a degree in Process

    Engineering, Agronomy or Green Chemistry. The candidate should have theoretical and practical

    knowledge in LCA, and a strong interest in performing scientific research on sustainable biomaterials.

    All applicants must send for selection a cover letter with their motivations and a CV.

    Oral interview of selected candidates: 19th and 23rd of September 2016 in Montpellier

     Beginning of the PhD: November 2016

     Gross salary: 28 k€ / year



    Temporal and/or spatial variations of commodity flows and emissions are in most cases ignored in current LCA practice although they are sometimes regarded as an important source of uncertainty.  While the spatial dimension is becoming a key issue in LCA methodological developments, little attention has been given to temporal aspects of LCA, either in LCI or in LCIA. Nevertheless, dynamics have been identified as one of the main unresolved problems in LCA.  For long life products, a static modelling can be even more problematic:

    - The impacts corresponding to the end of life of processes are calculated on the same basis as those of the production phases, even though the associated emissions are delayed for decades;

    - When comparing climate change impact of a bioproduct with a product containing fossil carbon, temporary storage of biogenic carbon during the use phases cannot be properly assessed;

    - Natural environment can be modified strongly during the product life cycle, which is especially a key issue for water availability. This project aims at studying the relevance of taking into account dynamic aspects for materials and / or chemical intermediates, and at analyzing the means to consider such dynamics in order to better reflect the actual impacts on the environment of these materials. In the chemical sector, a further difficulty is that most LCAs are conducted at the factory gate (cradle to gate analysis). Within the context of chemical intermediates production, the high number of potential applications and end of life scenarios requires a particular consideration of how these products behave once they are placed on the market. Regarding these aspects, uses and end of life scenarios will be chosen in agreement with the industrial partner of the project (Solvay). Potential recycling and degradative uses will also be taken into account. Finally, prospective scenarios on the evolution of French electricity mix composition will be integrated in product systems modelling.  These scenarios will allow the creation of LCIs with a temporal distribution of the emissions and consumptions all along the life cycle of the products. Recent work done by the supervising team on how to integrate time at the LCI level could also potentially be used in this project. These timedistributed LCI can therefore be coupled with dynamic LCIA methods in order to have a full dynamic LCA.

    At the LCIA level, temporal dimension will be analyzed for two impacts: global warming and water impact. Concerning global warming, a special attention will be paid to the different existing approaches which assess the emissions and / or the sequestration of biogenic carbon. Recent publications make the inventory of these methodologies and underline the weakness to fully assess the contribution of biogenic carbon to climate change. This PhD work aims at developing new ways to integrate biogenic carbon flows, with a special attention on its assessment during the end of life of bioproducts (open loop recycling, close loop recycling, multiple recycling with or without degraded uses…).

    On the side of water impact, temporal dimension of water availability (as a resource) and population’s use will be taken into account, as well as the composition of the “water supply mix”. At last, different projections of future increase in temperatures will be integrated to the calculation of water availability and water uses, in order to identify the major issues of this resource in a global warming context.


  • 14 Jul 2016 11:24 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD position

    Institution:  IFP Energies Nouvelles,

    Location:  Montpellier,  France

    Deadline:  September 5, 2016

    There is an open PhD position on the " Time dimension in Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) of long-lived products" at IFP Energies Nouvelles .    Additional information available here

  • 08 Jul 2016 11:31 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Marie Curie ITN PhD positions (15)

    Institution:  Leiden University-CML

    Location:  Leiden, The Netherlands

    Deadline:  August 15, 2016

    An international consortium led by Leiden University-CML, collaborating with partners such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and major industries, recently won an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (MC ITN) on the circular economy. The network has 15 PhD positions available, at 7 institutes in 5 EU countries, in the following fields:

    • 1.       Business modelling,
    • 2.       Supply Chain Management,
    • 3.       Consumption/behavioural sciences,
    • 4.       Industrial Design, and
    • 5.       Systems and policy analysis (policy simulation, LCA and environmental/economic input-output modelling)


    Young, promising scientists are invited to apply via Submission deadline is 15 August. A recruitment fair with pre-selected candidates will be held with the full consortium on 12 September 2016 in Leiden, Netherlands. Eligibility criteria for the MC ITN program are:

    • 1.       Less than 4 years of experience after the date of MSc
    • 2.       The PhD position must be in another country as the current country of residence (MC ITNs are a mobility scheme; in the 3 years before starting the PhD one can have lived at maximum 12 months in the country of where the PhD is pursued).
    • 3.       No constraints with regard to nationality.

    See for further information the short description below, and the longer description attached. This information is also available here and here


  • 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 

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