Job Postings and Research Opportunities

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  • 28 Aug 2014 10:14 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Software developer – Versatile toolbox and database for modelling and describing society’s metabolism (IVT-131/14)

    Institution:  Norwegian University of Science and Technology http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/104678/software-developer-versatile-toolbox-and-database-for-modelling-and-describing-societys-metabolism-ivt-131-14

    Deadline:  September 4, 2014


    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 (edgar.hertwich@ntnu.no). 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

     

    According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

  • 28 Aug 2014 10:04 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD Student

    Institution:  Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)  http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/104781/phd-student-development-of-life-cycle-impact-assessment-methodologies-for-impacts-on-marine-ecosystems

    Location:  Trondheim, Norway

    Deadline:  September 13, 2014


    The Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PhD student to develop life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methodologies for quantifying environmental impacts on marine ecosystems.

    Life Cycle Assessment is nowadays widely used for quantifying environmental impacts of products and processes throughout their whole life cycle. Often LCAs are used for decision-making and are included in the developments of policies and regulations. One important drawback of the current LCA methodology is that impacts on marine ecosystems are hardly addressed, despite the numerous relevant impacts marine ecosystems are facing today. Among relevant drivers for impacts on marine ecosystems and biodiversity are climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, overfishing, invasive species, as well as noise and vibrations. Since more than 50% of the life on earth is to be found in oceans and it is thought that more than 60% of the major marine ecosystems have already been degraded, it is of utmost importance that impacts on marine ecosystems are better represented in Life Cycle Assessments.

    The aim of this PhD project is to develop operational life cycle impact methods that cover the most important impact pathways for marine ecosystems on a global scale. The developed methodologies should be applicable on a global level in a spatially differentiated way, in order to account for the different sensitivities of various marine ecosystems.

    The candidate should have a relevant Master’s degree in one of the natural or engineering sciences, such as ecology/biology, environmental engineering or industrial ecology. Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communications skills are essential. Competence in a mathematical modelling tool (e.g., Matlab) and geographical information systems (e.g., ArcGIS) are of advantage. To be qualified for admission to the PhD program at NTNU, the candidate must demonstrate a B average or better (on the European Credit Transfer System -ECTS- grading scale) at the MSc level. In addition, the applicant must be fluent in English. Trondheim is the place of duty.

    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 PhD position is limited to 3 years. Depending on the candidate’s background and ability, the position can be extended to 4 years. If the position is for 4 years, one year is dedicated to duty work at the Department. Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor Francesca Verones, (francesca.verones@ntnu.no ). General information on the industrial ecology program is available from our website www.ntnu.edu/indecol.

    PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at wage level 50, gross NOK 429 400 before tax. The salary is adjusted according to the recent wage negotiations, and given subject to the final approval of the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament). There will be a 2 % deduction for superannuation.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants. Applications with CV, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be submitted electronically via this website.

    Mark your application with ref.no. IVT – 142/14

    Anticipated commencement latest 1 January 2015.

    Application deadline 13.09.2014.

  • 14 Aug 2014 11:59 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Policy Expert on Renewable Energies

    Institution:  BEUC  The European Consumer Organisation

    Location:  Brussels

    Deadline:  September 8, 2014


    BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation, is looking to recruit a Policy Expert on renewable energies BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for its 40 members and its main task is to represent them at European stage and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers. BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on: Financial Services, Food, Digital Rights, Consumer Rights, Sustainability, Safety, Health and Energy.


    The position will involve:


    Coordinating and implementing a project related to renewable electricity. The goal of the project is 1) capacity building within the BEUC network 2) developing recommendations on how to improve consumer information and more broadly transparency of the market as well as 3) influencing the policy making process and public debate in this field:

    •   Lobbying and networking with the EU institutions and other stakeholders;
    •   Undertake advocacy and outreach activities;
    •   Preparing consultation and position papers as well as technical briefings;
    •   Representing BEUC in relevant committees, working groups and public    events;
    •   Contributing to BEUC reporting activities.

    The main qualifications we are looking for are:

    •   A technical background/ master’s degree relevant to environment and/or climate and energy issues;
    •   Sound understanding of environmental and climate issues related to electricity produced from renewable sources;
    •   At least 3 years relevant experience (5+ years being an asset) working in the environment and/or energy sector;
    •   First class writing skills and experience in developing position papers;
    •   Very good knowledge of the EU political decision-making process and sound experience in lobbying the EU institutions;
    •   Good understanding of consumer issues and a commitment to advancing the interests of consumers in the environment area;
    •   Ability to write and communicate well in English; other European languages such German or French being an added value.
    •   Team player; Ability to perform under pressure; Well organised.
    • We offer:
    •   A multidisciplinary and multicultural working environment within an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the interests of consumers;
    •   A non-routine job implying action in several topics related to renewable energy sources;
    •   Networking opportunities with numerous organisations;
    •   A 100% fixed term contract ideally starting in October 2014 of 24 months, possibly renewable, competitive package (salary, fringe benefits and extra-legal paid leave).

    Applications for the post, accompanied by a detailed C.V., should be sent by e-mail before 8 September 2014 to apply@beuc.eu with subject line: Expert Renewable Energies. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


    For more information about BEUC go to www.beuc.eu


  • 14 Aug 2014 11:43 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Expert on sustainable consumption and production

    Institution:   BEUC  The European Consumer Organisation

    Location:  Brussels

    Deadline:  September 4, 2014


    Expert on sustainable consumption and production
    (6 months short-term contract)
    BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, and EEB, the European Environmental Bureau, are looking for a joint expert on sustainable consumption and production.
    BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation has a membership of 40 well respected, independent national consumer organisations from 31 European countries. BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for these organisations and our main task is to represent our members and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is a federation of over 140 environmental citizens’ organisations based in most EU Member States. EEB’s aim is to protect and improve the environment by influencing EU policy, promoting sustainable development objectives and ensuring that Europe’s citizens can play a part in achieving these goals.
    The position will require:
    1) Supporting BEUC’s campaign on durable goods:

    •   Preparing a public conference
    •   Drafting an internal newsletter related to sustainability issues

    2) Supporting initially the joint BEUC/ EEB EU Ecolabel Project Coordinator and taking the full lead on this project as of January 2015:

    •   Representing BEUC and EEB in the EU Ecolabel Board.
    •   Selecting and managing external technical experts.
    •   Supervising the submission of technical comments to ad-hoc working   groups.
    •   Drafting joint policy positions based on external technical input.
    •   Informing members about key developments in the Ecolabel scheme.
    •   Collaborating with other NGOs at national and European level.

    The main qualifications we are looking for are:

    •   a technical background/ higher education degree relevant to environment, in particular to the fields of environmental policy assessment and life cycle assessment
    •   sound understanding of environmental and sustainability issues related to  product policy
    •  at least three years relevant experience working as Policy Officer in the environment sector
    •   experience in lobbying the EU institutions
    •  experience in implementing projects
    •  good understanding of consumer issues and a commitment to advancing the interests of consumers;
    •   ability to write and communicate well in English, knowledge of other EU languages being an advantage;
    •   In particular, ability to translate complex technical evidence into a logical argument that can be understood by a wider audience;
    •   ability to work well with people from different backgrounds.
    • We offer:
    •   a multidisciplinary and multicultural working environment within organisations dedicated to the promotion of European consumer interests and protecting the environment;
    •   a non-routine job implying action on several topics related to sustainable product policy
    •   networking opportunities with numerous organisations in the EU Member States and beyond;
    •   a full-time fixed term contract of initially 6 months, possibly renewable. Starting date 13 October 2014 at the latest.

    Applications for the post, accompanied by a detailed C.V. should be sent by e-mail before 4 September 2014 to apply@beuc.eu with subject line: Expert on sustainable consumption and production.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.



  • 14 Aug 2014 11:37 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Postdoctoral Associate, NorthStar Fellow

    Institution:  Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

    Location:  Twin Cities Campus, Minnesota


    Start date:  September 1, 2014 or after

    Term: Estimated 1-3 year position, dependent upon performance, program needs and funding.

    A postdoctoral associate position is now available at the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE), Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. Funding for this position is provided by IonE to develop accessible and interactive tools for supply chain decision-makers that link upstream agricultural production and manufacturing processing impacts to downstream food consumption. Serving as a synthesis project across multiple research teams addressing spatial, temporal and consequential environmental performance of the U.S. food system, the successful candidate will develop firm and industry specific assessments and valuations of corn/soy intensive supply chains. Responsibilities include conducting collaborative research (contributing to current group efforts in economic and environmentally enhanced input-output modeling, parameterized life cycle assessment, and geographic information systems [GIS] modeling), written and oral communication of results, and coordinating with external users and stakeholders. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Timothy Smith (Director, NiSE; Associate Professor, BBE), under the guidance of Drs. Elizabeth Wilson (STEP/HHH), Stephen Polasky (ApEC/CFANS) and Jason Hill (BBE/CFANS). Review of applications will begin immediately.  

    Required Qualifications:
    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, supply chain or operations management, agricultural or environmental sciences, economics, engineering, or a related field. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as are the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary team setting. Proficiency in statistical analysis is also required. Advanced degree must be obtained by date of appointment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Competency in life cycle modeling, MATLAB, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and computer programming are desired. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of accomplishments and productive scientific and/or applied training and demonstrated experience within an interdisciplinary setting.
                     

    For more information, please contact Prof. Tim Smith at timsmith@umn.edu.timsmith@umn.edu.


  • 14 Aug 2014 11:04 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: : PhD position on Social life cycle assessment

    Institution:  Institute for Environmental Managemnet and Land-Use Planning (IGEAT), Université libre de Bruxelles  http://igeat.ulb.ac.be

    Location:  Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline:  September 30, 2014


    PhD position on:
    Enhancing importance of social aspects in product development and production
    -Improving the social life cycle assessment methodology-
    Founded in 1993 within the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Institute for environmental management and land-use plnning (IGEAT – http://igeat.ulb.ac.be) is an interdisciplinary education and applied research Institute. Scientific staff is about 40 interdisciplinary researchers. The group Environmental, Societal and Land Management (GESTe) is one of the research units of IGEAT. This multidisciplinary team specializes in environmental assessment in the broad sense. The group masters assessment techniques for products and services (e.g. LCA), projects (e.g. environmental impact assessment), as well as for plans (e.g. strategic environmental assessment) and programs and policies. Next to their evaluation function, these competences are also used to nourish smart land management (including rural areas, landscapes, forests, …) for which the team employs an ecosystem approach.


    We offer In the framework of the ULB Mini-ARC project “Enhancing importance of social aspects in product development and production -Improving the social life cycle assessment methodology-“ there is an opportunity for a PhD student (full
    time, 2 × 2 years starting on December 1st, 2014).  Within life cycle thinking several tools look at different sustainability aspects of products and services. Life cycle assessment looks at the environmental aspect, life cycle costing at financial and economic aspects, whereas social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) looks at social impacts. However, the methodological development of S-LCA is still in its
    infancy, which makes the social dimension undervalued in decision making. The general aim of the project is to explore and contribute to the development of a Social Life cycle Assessment method for land-based systems. This will include
    reviewing and applying the currently proposed methods to a case study basing on agricultural production (e.g. textile, food, biofuel), perform SWOT analyses, survey relevant social impacts and requirements of the decision takers, select
    and develop new impact indicators (e.g. on poverty alleviation), identify potential data sources.


    The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT)


    We look for The candidate holds a Master in a project relevant domain (e.g. Social Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences), and has knowledge on or experience with executing quantitative and qualitative surveys and social impacts indicators. Ideally this candidate is acquainted, or has experience with sustainability impact assessment tools of products and services (i.e. life cycle thinking). A keen interest in sustainability of land-based production systems and its social aspects is important.  The candidate should be graduated with at least one distinction grade. The candidate has strong analytical thinking skills, can approach complex issues in a systematic way and has the capacity to work autonomously towards objectives and deadlines. The candidate should be fluent in English writing and speaking, have good communication skills. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite


    Apply
    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be; +32 2 650 43 22). To apply, you should send an extensive curriculum vitae (including annual study results, and any scientific output, e.g. thesis, presentation, papers, chapters) and a cover letter stating your motivation and past experiences to  outer.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than September 30th, 2014. Job interviews will be planned from 6 to 17 October 2014.


    Keywords
    Life cycle thinking; social life cycle assessment; sustainability; agricultural production.



  • 08 Aug 2014 2:20 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Institution:  School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

    Location:  Ann Arbor, MI

    Start date:  September 1, 2014 or after

    Term: 1 year initial appointment with possible renewal depending on performance


    We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow, who is interested in conducting
    interdisciplinary research on water scarcity and trade. The goal of the project is to evaluate the risk posed by water scarcity for the global trade network. The successful candidate is expected to be self‐directed and be familiar with or conformable with learning input‐output analysis, complex network analysis, statistics, GIS, and risk assessment. Strong programming and data
    visualization skills are required.


    This position is funded in part by the US National Science Foundation. The position will be hosted in the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS, http://css.snre.umich.edu). CSS advances concepts of sustainability through interdisciplinary research and education. CSS collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop and apply life cycle based models and sustainability
    metrics for systems that meet societal needs. CSS promotes tools and knowledge that support the design, evaluation, and improvement of complex systems.

    At the start of the appointment, candidates should have a PhD in relevant disciplines plus strong technical skills including programming (e.g., Matlab, Java, R), modeling, and simulation.

    Familiarity with data visualization, GIS, and web‐application development is also beneficial.

    For more information, please contact Prof. Ming Xu at mingxu@umich.edu.

  • 15 Jul 2014 1:57 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Institution:  University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)

    Location:  Ann Arbor, MI


    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)
    Start date: Fall 2014 (ideal), Winter 2015 (possible)
    Term: 1 year 

    We are looking for a postdoc interested in interdisciplinary work at the intersection of electric power systems and life cycle assessment.  The goal of the project is to assess the environmental impacts of providing power systems reserves with demand response and distributed energy storage.  Strong programming skills and comfort with formulating and solving optimization problems is a must. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, and it is expected the postdoc will interact with professors, peers, and students in both areas.

    This position is funded, in part, by a University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) Partnership for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) Grant. See http://energy.umich.edu/funding-­‐partnerships/partner-­‐umei for more information on this program.  UMEI pulls together expertise from over 130 faculty affiliates working in 19 academic departments, conducting around $50 million in basic and applied research each year to develop science, technology and policy solutions to pressing energy challenges.

    At the start of the appointment, candidates should have a PhD in engineering (e.g., electrical, mechanical, systems) or an interdisciplinary field (e.g., natural resources, engineering & policy) plus strong technical skills including programming (MATLAB, CPLEX), modeling, simulation, and optimization. Familiarity with Monte Carlo analysis, life cycle assessment, electric power systems, and electric power markets is also beneficial.

    For more information please contact: Prof. Johanna Mathieu (EECS) at
    jlmath@umich.edu and/or Prof. Jeremiah Johnson (SNRE) at jxjohns@umich.edu.

  • 14 Jul 2014 10:56 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   Research Fellow in applied quantitative social research

    Institution:  University of Southampton 

    https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=427914AT

    Location:  Highfield Campus, Southampton, UK

    Comp:  £28,132 to £34,565

    Deadline:  August 6, 2104

    Energy & Climate Change Group

    Location:  Highfield Campus
    Salary:   £28,132 to £34,565
    Full Time Fixed Term
    Closing Date:   Wednesday 06 August 2014
    Reference:  427914AT

    Full Time, Fixed term until June 30th 2018

    Energy and Climate Change Division / Sustainable Energy Research Group

    A research fellow is required to work in the Sustainable Energy Research Group on an interdisciplinary domestic energy consumption analysis project until June 2018.  The project will implement a series of tests of energy reduction interventions in a representative sample of households across the Solent region using a randomised control trial approach. The project is funded through OFGEM's Low Carbon Network Fund programme and is a collaboration between the University of Southampton, SSE plc, DNV GL, Maingate plc and Neighborhood Economics.

    This role will involve

    • Leading the University’s contributions to the design, implementation and management of a large scale longitudinal household panel survey (to be sub-contracted to a specialist agency) which will form the basis for three trial intervention groups and a control;
    • Leading the University’s analysis of survey and fine grained temporal energy consumption monitoring (smart meter) data to establish baseline patterns and to assess the impact of the energy reduction interventions;
    • Contributing to the development of a ‘customer behaviour’ microsimulation model; contributions to iterative intervention design and contributions to trial data documentation and management;
    • Substantial contributions to internal and external dissemination of results through papers, presentations, journal articles and media activities

    The work will be performed at the University of Southampton but regular project-related travel in the South East & London will be expected together with attendance at national and international conferences and events as appropriate. The project will be interdisciplinary and will involve close collaboration with non-academic project partners and substantial exposure to energy sector policy and strategy fora.

    Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent research experience in a demonstrably relevant subject area and will also need experience and competence in the management and analysis of large scale survey datasets.


     

  • 14 Jul 2014 10:43 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  3-year PhD scholarship in the field of Sustainability Assessment with particular focus on quantitative sustainability assessment of selected bio-refining processes and bio-based products.

    Institution:  Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) at the Department of Management Engineering (MAN) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 

    http://www.dtu.dk/english/career/job?id=6c11dad4-d158-47fa-83d6-28ea4dd93f7e

    Location:  Lyngby, Denmark

    Deadline:  July 31, 2014

    The Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) at the Department of Management Engineering (MAN) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the field of Sustainability Assessment with particular focus on quantitative sustainability assessment of selected bio-refining processes and bio-based products.

    Project description
    Developing and using state-of-the-art sustainability assessment methods and tools such as inventory models of technical chemical production systems, modular product system models and characterization models the successful candidate will contribute to quantifying the relative environmental sustainability performance of new and existing chemical products derived from feedstocks of agricultural origin. The PhD focuses solely on the processes downstream of the agricultural systems (i.e. gate-to-grave systems) and the methods and tools developed during the PhD will have to be compatible and coupled with equivalent models developed for the agricultural systems providing the feedstocks (i.e. cradle-to-gate models).

    The main goal is via selected case studies to develop methods and tools for comparative sustainability assessment of the chemical products of the future based on biological feedstocks rather than the fossil feedstocks utilized in contemporary chemical production.

    Key activities include (a) development of inventory models of technical chemical production systems, (b) development of product system models including technical chemical production systems, (c) characterization of chemical emissions occurring during the production, use and disposal of bio-based chemical products (d) exploring ways to disseminate findings to a broader audience, for instance through product labelling, web-based dissemination or industrial and policy collaboration.

    Qualifications
    Candidates should have a master's degree in chemical, agricultural or environmental engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in chemical, agricultural or environmental engineering. Skills in life cycle assessment are a clear advantage along with advanced skills in product system modelling in e.g. GaBi, SimaPro or similar software and uncertainty analysis. A high motivation for research, excellent communication skills in English are essential for a successful application.

    Approval and Enrolment
    The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

    Assessment
    The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associated Professor Morten Birkved according to the qualification requirements stated above.

    We offer
    We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

    Salary and appointment terms
    The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

    Further information
    Further information may be obtained from Associated Professor Morten Birkved, birk@dtu.dk.

    You can read more about the Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment on www.qsa.man.dtu.dk.

    Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

    Application
    Please submit your online application no later than 31 July 2014, 24:00 CET. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

    Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

    DTU’s Department of Management Engineering has a staff of 300 including 74 doctoral students. The department has close collaboration across a number of sectors including Danish and international partners from industry and public authorities as well as leading international universities.

    DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.


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