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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  • 29 Jul 2016 9:29 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)


    Institution:  Radboud University and Unilever

    Location:  Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

    Deadline:  August 25, 2016

    We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the collaborative project RELIEF

    Your aim will be to understand how future consumption patterns will impact biodiversity and ecosystem functions on a global scale and investigate how targeted changes in agricultural production and sourcing can mitigate these impacts.

    The methods developed in the project will help in business decision making.

    More details and instructions how to apply here

  • 28 Jul 2016 9:36 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Toxics in Packaging Program Manager 

    Institution:  Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse,


    Deadline:  August 19, 2016, 5 PM ESDT

    Job Summary (Essential functions)

    This is an hourly, part-time position anticipated to average 8 hours per week, 48 weeks/year.  It will operate from a home office with oversight from the TPCH Executive Committee and the NERC Executive Director. 

    The Program Manager is responsible for general program administration and implementation, including convening monthly meetings (conference call), answering questions about state and model Toxics in Packaging laws, and website maintenance. Occasional travel is required for the annual meeting and presentations.

    Specific areas of responsibility include:


    • Convene member meetings 
      • Monthly conference calls
      • Convene Annual face-to-face membership meeting
      • Prepare and distribute agendas and meeting minutes
    • Respond to inquiries from external sources
    • Maintain phone log of questions and responses
    • Coordinate responses to exemption requests from regulated entities
    • Prepare and distribute annual report on activities to members
    • Prepare and distribute work plan and budget for the fiscal year
    • Financial oversight
      • Prepare annual member dues invoices and track payments
      • Review and approve quarterly finance reports provided by NERC
    • Maintain organizational records


    • General
      • Disseminate and publicize research findings
      • Maintain and update TPCH website
      • Write articles about toxics in packaging
    • Presentations
      • Look for opportunities to make presentations about toxics in packaging
      • Assist state members in development of presentations
    • Packaging Supply Chain
      • Conduct outreach to targeted sectors
      • Explore opportunities to publicize Model Legislation and partner with industry sectors, associations, and NGOs.
    • Solid Waste and Recycling Communities
      • Outreach through NERC vehicles including monthly Email Bulletin


    • TPCH member states: support legislative initiatives and rationale for membership and dues payment
    • Outreach to non-member states for recruitment
    • Recruit additional industry members
    • Maintain good relations with all members


    • Support member states with individual and coordinated enforcement activities

     Testing/research projects

    • Seek grant and other funding opportunities for special projects and research
    • Develop research project proposals in conjunction with member states
    • Conduct research projects, including testing and analysis, targeted outreach and communications, preparation and distribution of project reports, publication and dissemination of findings


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A minimum of five years professional working with committees and in the environmental field
    • A Bachelor’s degree or above.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and influence others; including excellent interpersonal and effective listening skills.
    • Experience in maintaining a website.
    • Demonstrated ability to function well as a self-starter; work independently and effectively without active supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage a home office and work remotely.
    • Must be able to maintain detailed records (time, expenses, etc.)
    • Demonstrated experience working as a leader and as part of a team while working off-site.
    • Demonstrated ability to work flexible hours and nights as needed.
    • Competency to problem solve for time and expense efficiency.
    • Ability to pass a successful criminal history background check.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated ability to become an expert in a new field.

    Anticipated wage: $55/hour

    Please submit resume, cover letter, names, email addresses and telephone numbers of 3 professional references to Lynn Rubinstein, NERC Executive Director at For more information about the Northeast Recycling Council, please visit  The closing date for applications is Friday, August 19, 5 p.m. Eastern. 

  • 28 Jul 2016 9:19 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Scientific Officer in the field of life Cycle-based methods and indicators

    Institution:  European Commission Joint Research Centre

    Location:  Ispra, Italy

    Deadline:  August 22, 2016

    Code: 2016-IPR-D1-FGIV-7455 – ISPRA

    Vacancy information here

    Details on eligibility criteria and type of contracts at the European Commission here

  • 28 Jul 2016 9:06 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Researchers/International PhD Students

    Institution:  Chinese Academy of Sciences,

    Location:  Beijing, China

    Deadline:  August 20, 2016

    The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) offers a package of international fellowships, collectively called the “CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)”, to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers. The PIFI program is available for four categories of international researchers and students: distinguished scientists, visiting scientists,postdoctoral researchers, and international PhD students. Detailed description of the CAS PIFI is provided here

    Dr. Wei-Qiang Chen from the Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, is happy to host your application for two types of CAS PIFI positions: Postdoctoral Researchers and International PhD Students. Potential applicants that are doing (or interested in) research on Industrial and Urban Ecology, especially material flow analysis, urban metabolism, or urban mining, are welcome to contact Prof. Wei-Qiang Chen at August 20, 2016.

    Please refer to Wei-Qiang's Website for more information:


  • 26 Jul 2016 10:26 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: PhD positions

    Institution:  University "G. d'Annunzio

    Location:  Pescara, Italy


    Please find the link for a call for Industrial Ecology-related PhD positions in Pescara (Italy) at the University "G. d'Annunzio", where there's a team that operates on these topics.

    Have a look at the call and search for the PhD programme: "Business, Institutions, Markets"

    For more information, please contact the PhD Programme Director, Prof. Andrea Raggi at:

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:47 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Faculty Position in Corporate Sustainability - Any Business Discipline

    Institution:  The Ivey Business School, Western University

    Location:  London, Canada

    Deadline: September 30, 2016

    The Ivey Business School is aiming to fill a tenure track position in sustainability (or responsibility) -- any level, any discipline. I am proud of Ivey’s commitment to sustainability. Approximately, one third of our faculty members are involved in sustainability-related research, and we have several faculty members who work exclusively on sustainability issues (e.g. Diane-Laure Arjailes, Oana Branzei, Rob Klassen, Stephan Vachon). As well, we teach sustainability at all levels of the program, including PhD. We also founded and house the Network for Business Sustainability  which aims to bridge research and practice. We endeavour to enable a positive, supportive culture. London is a very livable city, and Canada has strong social policies. 

    Job listing

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:20 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant Professor of Management, Department of Management with an emphasis in Corporate Social Responsibility

    Institution:  California State University, Los Angeles

    Location:  Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Deadline:  Until position is filled, beginning August 1, 2016

    Please see the job listing here

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:10 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Chief Scientist, D1, D1

    Institution: United Nations Environment Programme

    Location:  Nairobi, Kenya

    Deadline:  August 10, 2016

    Please find attached a Note Verbale and Vacancy Announcement for the
    position of Chief Scientist in UNEP.

  • 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.

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