The Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a software developer for building a toolbox and contributing to the development of a database of society’s metabolism. The position is for one year from 1st November 2014 with the possibility for extension.
IndEcol is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program managing its own International MSc program and PhD program, consisting of 10 participating faculty members (5 at the Energy and Process Engineering department), 20 PhD students and 10 PostDocs/researchers. IndEcol has a high reputation within the field as evidenced by numerous publications and international prizes.
The impact of human society on the environment is growing. This represents a big challenge to humans, and we need to take action to ensure the well-being of future generations. Society's response includes new policies like carbon taxes, and technologies like solar cells and wind-mills. Although these measures are implemented with good intentions, they may not always yield the benefit that their creators anticipated. This is because human society is a complex system, and changes of one element of the system also have an impact on the rest of the system. We call this system society’s metabolism. The research field of industrial ecology comprises a set of methods to assessment the positive and negative system-wide impacts of environmental policies and new technology both on society and on the environment. This assessment requires large amounts of data on industrial processes, consumer patterns, international trade, etc and sophisticated models that reflect the complexity of the system.
The Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU is a leading actor on the field of industrial ecology. It is one of only two places in the world where world-class competence in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Input-Output analysis (I/O), and Material Flow Analysis (MFA) is bundled. We want to strengthen this competitive advantage by building a toolbox and database of society’s metabolism, which spans the three tools LCA, I/O, and MFA, and which allows users to easily exchange data and combine the different methods. The concepts for the database and the toolbox are currently under development.
We seek a professional software developer to implement the toolbox and parts of the database. The preferred language for the toolbox is Python 3, because of the toolbox’s intended widespread use in our research community. For the database we intend to use a combination of PostgreSQL and Java.
The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in computer science and professional experience in database development, application programming, and experience with at least two of the three mentioned programming languages. Willingness to work in an open, international, and interdisciplinary team is required. The language of work will be English.
The position is remunerated as Staff Engineer or Head Engineer depending on qualifications. Position as Staff Engineer follow code 1085, and is remunerated according to wage levels 36-57 on the State salary scale, gross salary from NOK 350 900-482 500 a year. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Position as Head Engineer follow code 1087, and is remunerated according to wage levels 53-83 on the State salary scale, gross salary from NOK 451 200-846 000. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor Edgar Hertwich (firstname.lastname@example.org). General information on the industrial ecology program is available at our website www.ntnu.edu/indecol.
The application including a CV, transcripts from previous education, and any other relevant enclosures should be sent electronically through this website. Mark your application with ref.no. IVT- 131/14.
Application deadline: 04.09.2014
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