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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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  • 30 Sep 2015 9:13 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Research Fellow

    Institution: The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

    Location: University of Leeds, UK

    Deadline: Thursday October 15, 2015

    The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), which brings together some of the world’s leading interdisciplinary researchers on climate change economics and policy, is funding this Research Fellow position at the University of Leeds. The research will undertake a systemic, co-evolutionary analysis of low-carbon innovation, combining historical insights, case studies of current best practice, and future implications. The scope includes both demand-side and supply-side options, in order to estimate how rapidly a low carbon transition can be achieved, while taking into account barriers to change, alongside potential social and economic benefits. 

    The aim is to synthesize this analysis into a quantitative framework intended to test potential policy changes, and thus provide policy guidance.

    You will be based at the University of Leeds and join a research team led by Dr Julia Steinberger and Professor Peter Taylor in SRI at the University of Leeds and Professor Tim Foxon in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, who all have experience in applied and policy relevant research in the fields of energy and climate mitigation.

    Please click here for more information

  • 28 Sep 2015 11:04 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Graduate Research Assistant

    Institution: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

    Deadline: December 31, 2015

    Dr Anctil has an opening for a graduate research assistant interested in pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. Dr Anctil group uses proactive sustainability assessment to reduce the environmental impact of new technologies. Process based life-cycle assessment (LCA) is used to identify critical steps in current technologies and guide greener alternatives by combining theoretical environmental assessment and experimental work.

    The particular project will be related to the environmental impact of commercialized and future solar photovoltaics technologies. The ideal candidate should have a MS in engineering, or a related field. Highly motivated B.S. students with previous research experience (in particular chemical synthesis) or knowledge of LCA will be considered. Selected student will receive tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance.

    Interested students should send a CV and a one page motivation letter to Dr Anctil at

    Students will need to apply to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at MSU. Dr Anctil is also affiliated with the Environmental Science & Policy program ( which offers a doctoral specialization and will support interested students. The deadline for Spring admission is October 15, 2015 or December 31, 2015 for candidate who would prefer over the summer but no later than Fall 2016.  

  • 28 Sep 2015 10:56 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)
    Title: Research Associate / Postdoctoral Position

    Institution: The Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Public Policy

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Job Description

    The Georgia Tech School of Public Policy is seeking a full time, one-year postdoctoral or masters level research associate.

    OVERVIEW: The School of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, research intensive, globally engaged school oriented to the future of public policy.  The School’s faculty conducts research with support from major federal and state agencies of the United States as well as private foundations and international organizations.


    1. Manage the data collection, analysis, and reporting on a grant sponsored by the Georgia Department of Transportation aimed at developing strategies for communicating quality expectations for environmental contracts in engineering design projects.
    2. Develop case studies of environmental management practices associated with communicating quality performance expectations to consultants.
    3. Primary data collection of consultant performance in NEPA and ecological statute reports.
    4. Conduct focus groups with representatives of environmental consulting firms.
    5. Conduct workshop with agency managers on study findings and implications.
    6. Contribute to data analysis and produce reports and research papers.


    1. Strong research skills.  Preference will be given to individuals who can work with both qualitative and quantitative methods.
    2. Ability to work independently with large amounts of unstructured data.
    3. A background or experience with public management or the study of public management is desired, preferably in areas related to transportation and environmental policy.
    4. Alternatively a background or experience with engineering management desired, preferably in areas related to transportation and environmental policy.
    5. PhD, MS, MPA, or MBA in a field consistent with the study of public management, technology management, science & technology studies, R&D policy, engineering management, environmental management or planning with an orientation to empirical research.

    The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please send the following items electronically to Dr. Gordon Kingsley at

    1. Letter of interest describing experience, goals, and project interests
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Sample of work (scholarly publication or professional writing sample or dissertation chapter)
    4. Current contact information for three professional references

    The Georgia Institute of Technology is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status. Members of under-represented groups as well as women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • 28 Sep 2015 10:26 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Project Title: Time dimension in the assessment of the environmental impacts of long life products

    Institution: IDEEL Institute & ELSA Research Group

    Location: Montpellier (9 months) & Lyon (3 months), France

    Deadline: September 30, 2015

    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.

    For long life products, a static modelling can be 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.
    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 chemical companies. 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. These time-distributed 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. On the subject of water impact, 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.


    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.




    Beginning of the PhD: November – December 2015


    • Arnaud HELIAS: LCA / Process engineering (Elsa - Montpellier SupAgro -INRA)
    • Anthony BENOIST: LCA / Biomass & bioproducts / Process engineering (Elsa – Cirad)
    • Pierre COLLET: LCA / Process engineering (IDEEL - IFPEN)


    Pierre COLLET: - Tel : + 33 4 28 27 03 60

  • 28 Sep 2015 10:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Senior Project Engineer

    Institution: Kohler Company

    Location: Kohler, Wisconsin, USA


    Are you looking to influence sustainable practices in product design and manufacturing processes?  Kohler needs you to apply!

     The Project Engineer-Sustainability will be part of a team that encourages, and supports product sustainability innovation, primarily through the development and application of life cycle inventory (LCI).  The engineering candidate will create models that allow understanding and evaluation of environmental impacts at all stages of a product’s life cycle.  You will develop Design for Environment (DfE) tools optimized for use within Kohler’s standard practices for product development and continuous process improvement.  This candidate should be passionate about teaching and assisting these tools to influence our project teams to use them as an innovation catalyst.  This role will expose you to a wide network of professionals within and outside of Kohler.


     Qualified candidates will meet the following requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited program or Engineering Technology Program; or Bachelor’s degree in a related field with successful completion of the EIT exam or a PE license required.
    • Minimum of 2 years related experience in process/manufacturing engineering, product design, or sustainability practice; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience within cross-functional product design teams. 

    To apply, visit and search for job #03ZZW.

  • 23 Sep 2015 9:29 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD Students

    Institution:  Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies/School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Location:  New Haven, CT, USA

    Deadline:  January 2, 2016

    Yale University offers PhD education in industrial ecology through the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (contact: Professor Edgar Hertwich) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (contact: Professor Julie Zimmerman). PhD slots are highly competitive and positions are funded, at least for the first year. Applications include a research description developed in dialogue with a prospective PhD advisor and need the endorsement of that supervisor. The application deadline is Jan. 2 for admission in the subsequent summer. At this point, faculty members a looking for candidates with a strong quantitative background and a keen interest in sustainability issues, as well as climate change mitigation. Yale industrial ecology PhDs have an excellent track record in terms of landing relevant positions in academia, business or government. More information is available on the webpage of the Center for Industrial Ecology ( 

  • 11 Sep 2015 1:40 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Corporate Sustainability Project Manager

    Institution:  Sustainable Solutions Corporation 

    Location:  Royersford, PA, USA

    Sustainable Solutions Corporation, in Royersford, PA, USA, (near Philadelphia) has a job opportunity for a corporate sustainability project manager. This position will be responsible for conducting life cycle assessments for a variety of industries, as well as conducting other types of environmental assessments. 

    For more information please see the job description here. 

  • 11 Sep 2015 1:17 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Professor; Senior Lecturer; Lecturer; Reader

    Institution:  The Surrey Business School, University of Surrey,

    Location:  Guildford, UK

    Deadline:  September 22, 2015

    The Surrey Business School (SBS) is seeking outstanding applicants in the field of “sustainable enterprise” at all levels who share the SBS commitment to cutting-edge, high-impact research, teaching and engagement to support organisations and leaders in developing and implementing sustainability strategies.  Applicants should be passionate about working in this field.  Researchers focused on the development of knowledge in the use of sustainability practices, innovations and concepts will find our new Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Management an exciting and challenging environment to work in. Applicants who join the centre may hold a joint appointment with a department in Surrey Business School or other cognate discipline. We welcome candidates from all academic disciplines (Deadline for applications: 22 September 2015).

     Professor (Sustainable Enterprise, SBS)

     The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward-thinking, its heritage shows a recurring theme of doing things differently, and achieving notable results. The University of Surrey is currently ranked 4th in the 2016 Guardian League tables of the UK universities, increasing its 6th place position last year. In the same rankings Surrey Business School’s Accounting and Finance programmes were ranked 2nd its Management programmes7th.

     Surrey’s location in one of the UK’s most successful and innovative business regions, its proximity to London (only 35 minutes by train), membership of the Set Squared Research Park initiative, and reputation for scientific and technological innovation, provide exceptional opportunities for researchers. Surrey is also an excellent place for families and lovers of trekking or biking in the hills.

     Don’t hesitate to contact me for any informal discussion about the SBS or the SBS Head (Andy Adcroft, or our Executive Dean (Prof. David Allen) for more specific questions about the posts.


  • 11 Sep 2015 1:04 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Intern 

    Institution:  United Nations Development Programme,

    Location:  Brussels, Belgium

    We are advertising a position for an intern at UNDP in Brussels to work on an EU-funded capacity development program that is focused on the small-scale mining of stones (dimension stones, industrial minerals, construction materials and semi-precious stones). UN internship positions are unpaid and are designed to give graduate students an opportunity to apply their skills in a professional work environment and to gain experience in development practice. 

  • 10 Sep 2015 12:01 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Graduate Research Assistant

    Institution:  University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Location:  Madison, WI, USA

    Deadline:  September 15, 2015 and December 15, 2015

    Dr. Andrea Hicks invites applications for a graduate research assistantship at the PhD level in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (The environmental engineering graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked #20 in the country according to US News & World Report). Dr. Hicks’s research focuses on the environmental implications of both nanomaterials and consumer products to society. The overarching goal of this work is to reduce the environmental impact of humans on their environment.

    The idea candidate should posses a M.S. in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. Exceptional B.S. students in a related field will also be considered. An interest in environmental systems and sustainability is paramount to this position. Other desirable skills include: experience with life cycle assessment, mathematical modeling, and good writing skills. The selected student will receive a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Opportunities will be available attend conferences and network with peers.

    Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Hicks directly at Students will also need to apply to the PhD program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The deadline for Spring admission is September 15, 2015, and December 15, 2015 for summer admission. This position is expected to start in either January or June 2016.

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