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  • 26 Jan 2016 8:33 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Studentship: Spatial Analysis of Low Carbon Innovations

    Institution: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia 

    Location: Norwich, UK

    Deadline: Mid-Feb 2016

     
    Exciting PhD opportunity to work on the diffusion of low carbon innovations as part of a 4 year ERC-funded project at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia (UK).
     
    Start date is Oct 2016 with standard PhD stipend of £14,057 p.a.
     
    For further details, see: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AMQ006/phd-studentship-spatial-analysis-of-low-carbon-innovations-wilson_u16erc/
     
    Please contact Charlie Wilson at the Tyndall Centre for further details: charlie.wilson@uea.ac.uk



  • 26 Jan 2016 8:30 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)
    Title: Research Position for LCA Practitioner


    Seeking: LCA practitioner based in the United Kingdom who has experience collecting LCI data to join a research collaboration in Chile. The collaboration will be with faculty from the Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago. It will be conducted between July and December 2016, and provides round trip UK-Chile travel.

    The practitioners will be able to demonstrate:

    • Proof that she or he works in a research institution or university in the UK
    • Experience in creating LCI data for use in LCA, in accordance with international standards

    For further details about this unique opportunity, please email Prof. Oscar Huerta at: ohuerta@uc.cl


  • 26 Jan 2016 8:26 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Master student internship in "Development of process simulation tools for potable water treatment" (M/F)

    Institution: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

    Location: Belvaux, Luxembourg

    Objectives of the internship:

    Within the OASIS (Optimization based integrated process modelling-LCA: application to potable water production) project framework, in collaboration with INSA Toulouse and Insight Centre for Data Analytics (University College Cork), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is looking for a trainee in order to develop process simulation tools for potable water treatment. In particular, this work aims at modelling ultrafiltration membrane treatment from experimental data, as well as mass and energy balances. The developed module will be programmed in Python and integrated in Umberto software. Effectively, a process simulation tool called EVALEAU already includes several modules for potable water treatment (e.g. coagulation, flocculation, filtration, etc.) and will be therefore completed thanks to the work carried out during the internship. Finally, the ultrafiltration model will be tested based on real data from existing production sites.

    The internship will be decomposed in several tasks:

    1. Data collection

    The trainee will collect data from potable water production sites (water quality, energy consumption, membrane design and materials, etc.). A literature review will be also carried out for the theoretical modelling of ultrafiltration membrane process.

    2. Modelling

    Based on the collected information, one (or several depending on the variability of ultrafiltration operating conditions) unit process will be modelled. To do so, decisional variables (e.g. membrane material, reaction time) will be identified. Mass and energy balances will be developed to calculate the process consumption, as well as effluent quality, based on influent quality and decisional variables. Equations will be then programmed in Python language and the developed module(s) will be added to the EVALEAU tool.

    3. Validation

    The simulation module will be integrated in the Umberto model of two potable water production sites. Simulations will be carried to compare results with experimental data. Results analysis will validate and eventually refine the model.

    Trainee profile:

    - Master program or equivalent, specialised in water treatment, process engineering or related topics

    - Knowledge of Umberto and/or Python language is an asset

    - Language: English (mandatory), French is an asset

    Application (CV and motivation letter) should be sent to elorri.igos@list.lu.


  • 26 Jan 2016 8:20 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: PhD Position on Dynamics of Urban Metabolism

    Institution: EPFL

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 1, 2016

    100% PhD Position on Dynamics of Urban Metabolism

    We are offering a 100% PhD researcher position on Dynamics of Urban Metabolism at the newly founded Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems, ENAC, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The research focus of the Laboratory is on the transition of urban systems towards sustainability. A key area will be the analysis and spatially explicit modelling of the dynamics of urban metabolism. The PhD position will analyse changes in urban metabolism at a spatial level and link it to lifestyles and behavioural parameters.


    Your job
     
    • Full responsibility for your own research under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder and Dr. Guillaume Massard.
    • Support to build-up the newly founded Swiss Mobiliar Chair on Urban Ecology
    • Research in collaboration with the research team and potential city partners
    • Teaching

    We expect 
    • An excellent MSC degree, preferably in Environmental Engineering, Architecture or Geography
    • A strong methodological background in GIS and modelling
    • Basic knowledge on quantitative social science methods
    • High interest in understanding dynamics in urban metabolism including social aspects
    • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, social skills, independence and a high level of motivation for academic research work motivated by relevant practical problems
    • French knowledge is an asset

    We offer 
    • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modern equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the world's best scientists
    • Full financial support including conference visits
    • Contract of 1 year, renewable, maximum 4 years
    • The position is open as of May 2016 or upon agreement

    Please send your curriculum vitae including your list of publications and two references by March 1st in one PDF to: claudia.binder@epfl.ch.

    To view the full job posting please visit the EPFL website

  • 26 Jan 2016 8:11 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)
    Title: Post-Doctoral Position - "RECYCLED: Recycling of LED Lamp


    Institution: CREIDD Research Centre on Environmental Studies & Sustainability, University of Technology of Troyes

    Location: Troyes, France

    Deadline: February 29, 2016

    Starting date: ASAP


    We (Dr. Junbeum Kim and Dr. Bertrand Laratte) are looking for a motivated and highly skilled Post-doc researcher to join our research project. The post-doc will work for following research project: RECYLED: Recycling of LED lamp funded by Champagne Ardenne region in France. The purpose of RECYCLED project is to identify a method and a processing method of lighting LED (light bulbs, tubes...) according to its typology for a recovery in basic components and reuse of certain components, particular LED chip and electronic component. For this project, we will work with LNIO research team and Artemise recycling company.

    The Post-doc position will be offered by CREIDD Research Centre on Environmental Studies & Sustainability, Department of Humanities, Environment & Information Technology University of Technology of Troyes.

    · Applicants should have competitive Ph.D. degree.

    · Skills in LCA (e.g., development of life cycle inventory) and MFA modeling are expected.

    · Knowledge of recycling of E-waste and LED lamps is an important advantage.

    · Good English speaking and writing. Knowledge of French is not required but it is an advantage.

    All applicants must send below documents for selection:  

    1) A cover letter with their motivations(2-3 pages)

    2) CVs 

    3) The reports, articles, which he/she has already written in English

    4) Two reference letters

    Please send your application to Dr. Junbeum Kim at junbeum.kim@utt.fr


  • 26 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Senior Associate or Full Professor for the tenure-stream position of Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability

    Institution: The Schulich School of Business at York University

    Location: Toronto, Canada

    Deadline: February 12, 2016 - Position would be effective July 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter


    The Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability was one of the first of its kind in North America. For more than two decades, the Chair has been an integral part of the Schulich School of Business, helping the school to become a globally recognized leader in sustainability research and teaching. Now, as part of the school-wide Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability offers a unique opportunity to join a thriving, vibrant community of scholars, students and practitioners engaged in driving the transformation of business education towards a sustainable future.

    Preferred candidates for the position will:
    - possess a PhD degree;
    - have evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level;
    - have an outstanding and ongoing program of academic research and publishing in top-tier journals on the subject of business and sustainability;
    - have demonstrated leadership in the research field of business and sustainability;
    - be expected to provide leadership in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, student engagement and extra-curricular activities in business and sustainability;
    - be expected to provide engagement and outreach to the broader practitioner community;
    - be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    Salary and benefits are competitive. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

    Applicants should send an electronic application, including application letter, a curriculum vitae, names of three referees, and information regarding teaching performance to Haub-recruiting@schulich.yorku.ca.
    Informal inquiries about the position can be made to the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee: Professor Andrew Crane (acrane@schulich.yorku.ca) or Professor Dirk Matten (dmatten@schulich.yorku.ca), or any of the Search Committee members - Professor Irene Henriques (ihenriques@schulich.yorku.ca), Professor Christine Oliver (coliver@schulich.yorku.ca) or Professor Burkard Eberlein (beberlein@schulich.yorku.ca).


  • 25 Jan 2016 12:50 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate

    Institution:  Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Center for Industrial Ecology

    Location:  New Haven, Connecticut, USA

    Deadline:  March 6, 2016

    The Postdoctoral associate is to conduct analysis of global production networks to understand the pattern of the generation of greenhouse gas emissions, including the role of regional differences in technology and resource endowments, and to develop an understanding of the effects of the rapid emergence of China as manufacturing powerhouse and investigate the potential further emergence of the economies of India and Africa on greenhouse gas emissions from industry. The project will utilize newly constructed time series of multiregional input-output (MRIO) tables, as well as data on international trade, production and infrastructure.

    The project is directed by Professor Edgar Hertwich at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. It involves collaboration with scientists both internationally and at different parts of Yale University. 

    Prior to applying, candidates should explore websites for Yale F&ES (http://environment.yale.edu) and the Center for Industrial Ecology (http://cie.research.yale.edu). Required materials should be submitted to cie@yale.edu and include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) writing sample (one publication), 5) names and contact information of 3 references.

    LOCATION

    New Haven, Connecticut, USA

    START DATE

    June 1, 2016 (Flexible)The project is directed by Professor Edgar Hertwich at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. It involves collaboration with scientists both internationally and at different parts of Yale University.

     QUALIFICATIONS

    PostDoc applicants must hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, physics, engineering or applied economics and have strong modelling and programming skills. Applicants to the Research Associate position should have at least three years of research experience beyond the PhD. Programming skills in high level languages (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, GAMS, Java, C++) and familiarity with databases are an asset. Candidates for the research associate position should demonstrate experience in research management and fund raising and a track record of productive, high-impact research. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

     APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Review of applications will begin in February 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.  To receive full consideration, please submit your application no later than March 6, 2016.

     COMPENSATION

    This is a full-time, one to two year, non-tenure-track appointment with possibility of extension. Annual salary is competitive and depends upon education and experience. The position includes medical and dental benefits and paid time off.  Funds for some conference travel and research expenses will also be provided.

    Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


  • 21 Jan 2016 7:59 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Director of Financial Services

    Institution: Trucost

    Location: New York, NY, US

    The Role

    We have an exciting opportunity to join the rapidly growing North American team and manage business development for Trucost solutions provided to the financial services industry. You will develop and execute on a go to market strategy, supervise FI account managers, and assist in developing new, innovative products and solutions to respond to customer needs. You will also manage key accounts in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The role requires excellent public speaking and verbal communication skills, as well as a working understanding of how investors (pension funds, banks, asset managers, development banks) use environmental data to create financial products or manage investment risks.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Developing and executing on a strategy to grow Trucost sales to financial institutions in North America.
    • Representing Trucost at meetings with prospective clients, effectively recognizing their needs and conveying Trucost’s value proposition
    • Working with clients to advise them on integration of Trucost data and research in their investment processes, support them in use of Trucost’s data and answer technical questions.
    • Working closely with Trucost’s marketing team to create and deliver thought leadership (white papers, speaking presentations) and with Trucost’s research team to develop new products
    • Prospecting, generating leads and writing proposals; following up on new business opportunities and setting up meetings; planning and preparing presentations; establishing and maintaining client accounts
    • Supervising FI account managers in North America

    Essential Skills

    • Understanding of the responsible investment marketplace, and in particular the investment risks and opportunities associated with natural capital (carbon, water, etc.) and ability to distill this understanding into a business plan for Trucost solutions
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including confidence presenting to large groups at public forums, and the ability to write compelling, articulate proposals for innovative solutions.
    • Business development and technical, consultative sales
    • Business acumen, good negotiation skills and persuasiveness
    • Personable, and enjoy networking and meeting new people
    • Self-motivated and results oriented, with a positive, “can do” attitude

    Preferred Experience

    • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years professional work experience (following graduation from a college or university) with experience in a number of these areas:
    • Understanding how financial markets operate, and also in particular how financial institutions are evaluating and incorporating environmental issues in their decision-making and the organizations involved (such as Natural Capital Declaration, UN PRI, Montreal Pledge, US SIF etc.)
    • Understanding of some of the following: carbon foot printing and accounting across asset classes, natural capital accounting, ESG risk and opportunity analysis by investors, integrated reporting, use of environmental data for financial products (funds and indices), sustainability solutions for banking clients, green bond verification.
    • Experience working on a responsible/ESG investment team
    • Experience in sales (or management consulting) to financial institutions
    • Experience managing and supervising other sales professionals and leading business development
    • Speaking and presenting to large groups of people and executive audiences
    • Experience working with global teams and fluency in additional languages (in particular Spanish or French) will be looked upon favorably

    To Apply

    Please email your resume with a covering letter before February 26, 2016 quoting in the email subject title “DirFI Application” tonorthamerica@trucost.com.

    Please visit Trucost website for full posting


  • 21 Jan 2016 7:55 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Senior Research Analyst

    Institution: Trucost

    Location: New York, NY, USA

    The role

    The Senior Research Analyst will be a key member of the research team in North America, dedicated to completing analysis tasks and delivering Trucost’s services to North American clients. The Senior Research Analyst will contribute technical expertise to and lead teams conducting detailed environmental analyses across a broad range of research projects - focused primarily on the measurement of environmental performance across clients’ value chains, including their products, services, supply chains. Fundamental to Trucost’s approach is the use of natural capital valuation as a means of helping companies and investors understand their dependency on natural systems to grow revenue in financial terms. A Senior Research Analyst must have an excellent understanding of environmental economics and how natural capital valuation techniques can be applied to provide insights to clients.

     

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead and participate in international research teams conducting in-depth analytical research on the environmental performance and natural capital dependences of companies across their operations, supply chains, and products
    • Develop technical approaches to meet client needs
    •  Provide high-quality insights and recommendations from complex information for consultative projects
    •  Clearly communicate insights and technical approaches to clients verbally and in writing, including documenting analytical methodologies for reports and developing graphs and charts appropriate for use by senior executives
    •  Support the North American account managers in developing technical approaches for proposals or RFP/RFI responses that recognizing client needs and convey Trucost’s value proposition
    •  Work collaboratively with a diverse team across multiple offices to conduct research and ensure the quality of assessment findings

     

    Essential Skills

    • Experience developing and applying natural capital valuations to support organizational decision-making
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including confidently presenting complex information to clients in ways that they can easily understand and inform their actions
    • Personable, with a demonstrated strength in planning and executing work assignments independently, and as part of an international research team
    • Self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, with a positive, “can do” attitude

     

    Preferred Experience

    The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4 years professional work experience (following graduation from a college or university) with experience in a number of these areas:

    • A background in environmental research, preferably with an environmental consultancy, including technical experience conducting environmental footprinting, life cycle assessment (LCA), Extended Economic Input-Output (EEIO) Modeling or supply chain environmental impact analysis.
    • A good understanding of business and how sustainability can be integrated into corporate decision-making related to: Procurement, risk management, environmental reporting, and product or supply chain optimization.
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize data and develop business insights from detailed technical analysis and research on corporate natural capital and environmental performance.
    • The candidate should be conscious of detail and numerically proficient with natural curiosity and an innovative approach to problem solving. Advanced word-processing and spreadsheet skills are expected.
    • Fluency in additional languages (in particular Spanish, French, or Mandarin) will be looked upon favorably.

     

    To Apply

    Please email your resume and cover letter before February 26th 2016, with the email subject “North America: Senior Analyst application” to: northamerica@trucost.com 

    Please visit the Trucost website for the full job posting


  • 21 Jan 2016 7:50 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: MSc or PhD Research on the Hybridization of Life Cycle Assessment and Economic Input-Output Analysis

    Institution: Ciraig Poyltechnique

    Location: Montreal, Canada


    We are looking for a smart and self-reliant student for an ambitious and exciting research project in sustainability research.

    The student will have an opportunity to contribute to software development, and some programming skills are therefore required (preferably Python). Past experience with handling large datasets or databases is also an advantage. A long-term interest in lifecycle assessment (LCA) or input-output analysis (IOA) is of course sought, but past experience with these tools is not strictly necessary.

    THE CONTEXT:

    Two complementary approaches exist to calculate the direct and indirect environmental impacts caused by the production and consumption of a given product (e.g., an electric car): an "engineering" perspective with LCA, and a "macroeconomic" perspective with IOA. While LCA offers detailed physical descriptions, it can never completely describe the whole system. On the contrary, IOA describes the entire economy and all indirect transactions linked to a given consumption, but it does so in a highly aggregated manner and with monetary data. The best analyses combine these two perspectives, complementing the detail of LCA with the completeness of IOA. However, such hybrid analyses are complicated by the fact that LCA and IO analyses are highly data-intensive and rely on completely different databases.

    THE PROJECT:

    This research will focus on the integration of LCA and IOA databases, which will allow for more complete, efficient, and consistent hybrid analyses.

    This is a unique opportunity to throw down one of the main obstacles to best practice in sustainability research! This project has excellent potential to lead to multiple publications in scientific journals.


    APPLICATION:

    This research will be co-supervised and financially supported by Prof. Réjean Samson and Prof. Manuele Margni, with some direct supervision by Dr. Guillaume Majeau-Bettez.

    A relevant bachelor or masters is required (natural science, economics,

    or computer science). Please send CV, letter of intention, and

    transcript of record to guillaume.majeau-bettez@polymtl.ca


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