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  • 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

    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 – 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

    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (; +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 no later than September 30th, 2014. Job interviews will be planned from 6 to 17 October 2014.

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

  • 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‐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 and/or Prof. Jeremiah Johnson (SNRE) at

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

    Title:   Research Fellow in applied quantitative social research

    Institution:  University of Southampton

    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.


  • 30 Jun 2014 1:41 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Life Cycle Analyst,

    Institution:  Quantis 

    Location:  Paris, France


    Quantis is actively seeking an experienced Life Cycle Analyst (>1 year in an LCA role) to join our dynamic team based in Paris. Fluency in French is mandatory and a good level of English is required.

    Interested? Please follow the link to get all the details!

  • 27 May 2014 1:43 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Assistant Professor
    Institution:  Universidad de los Andes, 
    Location:  Bogota, Colombia

    Job description:

    The School of Management at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia seeks to hire three full-time faculty members at the assistant level to strengthen its environmental and sustainable development area and make significant contributions to the group's research and teaching activities.

     Job qualifications

    Candidates should hold a PhD degree (Industrial Ecology, Ecology, Environmental studies and other related disciplines) or be near its completion within one year.

    The School welcomes applicants with specific research interests but not limited to: Management or valuation of ecosystem services, sustainable development, Industrial Ecology, environmental and landscape management and social-ecological interactions.

    Preference will be given to: a. candidates with strong publishing records in highly ranked peer review journals; b. faculty with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research that can contribute to practice, and; c. willingness to participate in the design, delivery and assessment of courses at graduate and undergraduate level. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.

    Application procedure: Please send full updated CV, one letter of recommendation, an application letter and a copy of a representative paper or publication to:

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling process until positions are filled. We offer a basic competitive salary dependent on classification plus bonuses for publications and/or extra teaching. Grants for research and conference travel are available.

    About the School:

    Universidad de los Andes is a private university founded in 1948. It is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious institution of recognized academic excellence and leadership in Colombia and Latin America. Currently, the University has approximately 17,000 students: 75% are undergraduate and 25% are graduate students. They are enrolled in 31 undergraduate, 76 master and 18 doctoral programs distributed in nine schools.

    The School of Management (UASM) is an AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited School, and it’s the only School in Colombia that has achieved this distinction. Founded in 1972 it is recognized as one of the top schools in Latin America, thanks to its faculty, educational achievements, research and publications tradition, as well as the strong relations with the corporate world.

    Currently UASM has 51 full-time faculty who are appointed to the areas of Management, Finance, Strategy, Marketing and Organizations and who belong to several research groups such as: corporate governance, social entrepreneurship, business history, environmental management and women in leadership positions.

    The School has a consolidated portfolio with a diverse range of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level which are complemented by a series of high-quality and long-standing Executive Education programs.

  • 15 Apr 2014 12:05 AM | Anonymous

    Owens Corning, Sustainability Manager of Life Cycle Management & Green Products (Granville, OH)

    The Sustainability Manager will support Owens Corning’s Sustainability efforts by implementing Life Cycle Thinking for the objective of improving the sustainable attributes of products and their end uses, across all businesses. This would include conducting Life Cycle Assessments and leading a team in applying analytical and LCA tools to evaluate the impact of Building Materials and Composite Solutions’ products. In addition, the manager is expected to add significant value by interpreting and communicating LCA results of OC and competitive products, as well as leading the product team in creating value through sustainability measures, product stewardship and ensuring third party certification and transparency important for the end use markets. This role will identify and participate in trade and standards associations important to OC product lines. This role will have 2 direct reports and interact with product developers, customer representatives, and external organizations.  The position is located outside of Columbus, OH.

    More information available here:

  • 15 Apr 2014 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Vehicle Materials Life Cycle Analysis: Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory

    Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has been conducting assessments of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels over the last 25 years. In recent years, ANL has worked closely with auto, and energy industries, as well as governmental agencies, to evaluate energy and environmental effects of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. The GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) model is developed at Argonne. It estimates energy use and emissions on a life-cycle basis for conventional and alternative vehicle/fuel systems. The GREET model has more than 20,000 registered users worldwide, including academia, industry, and regulatory agencies.

    For more information about the GREET model, see

    ANL continues to assess conventional and advanced vehicle technologies for their energy and environmental effects. Current research efforts for the assessment of advanced vehicle technologies include advanced spark-ignition and compression-ignition internal combustion engine vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles. New and lightweight materials for improved vehicle efficiency are current research subjects, as is the examination of battery production.

    The candidate will examine life-cycle energy consumption and environmental impacts from the production of conventional, electric, and other vehicles and their component parts. Specifically, the candidate will examine a number of materials either currently used or under consideration for use in vehicle lightweighting. Lightweighting has been identified as a primary means for meeting upcoming federal CAFE requirements (34.1 mpg by 2016, 54.5 mpg by 2025), but it is important to consider lightweighting from a systems perspective, thus including not only the vehicle efficiency benefits, but also the potential increases in vehicle cycle burdens. Additionally, the candidate will research the production of component parts and assembly of lithium-ion batteries, including the metal compounds that comprise battery active materials. To carry out this research, the candidate will work with data sources in the literature and interact with government, industry, and non-profit groups to obtain additional data.

    The candidate will employ and expand upon Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model in their work.

    Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. in materials, chemical, mechanical, or environmental engineering, natural resource science or other related areas and be familiar with energy and environmental impacts of material and vehicle production. A good knowledge of lithium-ion batteries is also desirable.

    Candidates should have computer programming skills in MS Excel and Visual Basic. Good oral and written communication skills are also required.

    Argonne National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity in our work force.

    For further information, contact Dr. Jarod Kelly at (630) 252-6579 or at 

  • 11 Apr 2014 1:37 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Special Visiting Researcher
    Institution:  Science without Borders
    Location:  Brazil

    Special Visiting Researcher

    The scholarship program for "Special Visiting Researcher" aims to attract a senior foreign researchers recognized internationally as leadership in priority areas of Science Without Borders program, to conduct projects with Brazilian research groups and visit Brazil for up to three months each year over two to three years.

    The program also provides scholarships for Brazilian students to doctoral and postdoctoral keep projects in Brazil and abroad. The benefits of this fellowship include support for living expenses when the researcher is in Brazil as well funding for the local laboratory.

    Areas Covered

    The proposals for the Special Visiting Researcher program should be focused in the following areas:

    • Engineering and other technological areas
    • Pure and Natural Sciences
    • Health and Biomedical Sciences
    • Information and Communication Technologies
    • Aerospace
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Sustainable Agricultural Production
    • Oil, Gas and Coal
    • Renewable Energy
    • Biotechnology
    • Nanotechnology and New Materials
    • Technology for prevention and mitigation of natural disasters
    • Biodiversity and bioprospection
    • Marine Sciences
    • Minerals
    • New technologies for constructive engineering
    • Formation of technical personnel


    The fellowship will cover the period from 12 to 36 months and the benefits are:

    • R$ 14,000.00 (fourteen thousand reais, about seven thousand five hundred US dollars) per month for living expenses;
    • Research grants in maximum amount of R$ 50,000.00 (fifty thousand reais, about twenty eigth thousand US dollars) per year;
    • Flight tickets;

    Additional scholarships can be obtained: post-doctoral scholarships in Brazil for the maintenance of the research during the absence of the visiting researcher and PhD scholarships (sandwich) abroad to Brazilian researchers to follow the visiting researcher in his country. These scholarships should be provided in the research project and requested on the application form.


    The proposal to receive a Special Visiting Researcher must only be submitted by the host researcher in Brazil, exclusively by internet, through the Online Application Form available in the website. It is necessary to attach a file with the research project and the candidate's Curriculum resume into Lattes Platform or the summary of the candidate's resume. New Public Call has been released in February, 5th 2014.
  • 17 Mar 2014 9:07 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  LCA Research Fellow
    Institution: European Institute for Energy Research,
    Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

    Job description:
    The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) was established as a collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France SA (EDF) and is located in Karlsruhe, Technologiepark. Today EIFER has a multi-cultural team of more than 100 employees.

    Within the group „Urban Systems” we are currently looking for a Research Fellow in the field of Environmental Externality Assessment / Life Cycle Assessment

    EIFER aims at delivering research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries. Concerning environmental aspects, EIFER evaluates dependencies and impacts of different energy-related activities on the environment, quantifies associated impacts (including those on health) and works on methods for their monetary valuation, following environmental economic principles. To expand our expertise in this field, we are looking for a highly motivated new colleague.

    The assigned tasks involve:
    - Involvement in different activities in the field of life cycle assessment and impact assessment mainly concerning decentralised energy conversion techniques and energy-related topics at different levels in the urban environment
    - Preparation of research proposals
    - Communication of scientific findings to our project partners

    Required qualifications are:
    - University degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in a field related to
    a) the environment (including environmental economics) with a special interest in energy issues or
    b) engineering with a strong interest in environmental issues related to energy
    - Experience in Life Cycle Assessment and/or with assessment tools, e.g. Umberto, would be a strong asset
    - Experience in risk assessment regarding the environment and/or human health is welcomed
    - Interdisciplinary and analytical thinking
    - Good knowledge of the energy sector and preferably also of the urban environment
    - Good presentation and communication skills
    - Ability to work independently and responsibly

    Karlsruher Institute of Technology
    Personalservice (PSE)
    Kaiserstraße 12
    76131 Karlsruhe

    Language skills (see below):
    The applicants should enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team. Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory, German and French advantageous.

    The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L.
    The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER)
    Contract duration:
    limited for 2 years with the option of extension

    Starting date: as soon as possible Application up to: 31.03.2014

    Contact person in line-management:
    For additional information concerning the job profile please contact Pascal Girault (Pascal Girault, Tel. +49 (0) 721/6105-1445) or (Till Bachmann, Tel. +49 (0) 721 6105 1361).

    If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your application, including all relevant information (curriculum vitae, copies of testimonials etc.) to or:
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Emmy-Noether-Straße 11
    D-76131 Karlsruhe
    KIT is pursuing a gender equality policy. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred
    Karlsruher Institute of Technology
    Personal service



  • 28 Feb 2014 11:18 AM | Melanie Quigley (Administrator)
    Title: LCA and Eco-Design Consultant, Eco-Act
    Institution: Eco-Act
    Location: Paris, Lyon, Touluse

    Ecoact is a leading corporate responsibility and sustainability consultancy based in France (Paris, Lyon, Toulouse) with offices in Brazil and Kenya.

    Our clients are drawn from across the globe and from an enormous range of sectors with their sizes ranging from small business right up to large corporates and governmental organisations.

    We supply them with a whole suite of services, the pertinent ones in this job opportunity being LCA and Eco-Design support.

    To meet the growing demand for these services we are therefore looking to take on a skilled LCA consultant based at one of our French offices.  Ideally the consultant should have an excellent command of the English language ­ preferably as a first language.  A good level of French iss also desirable, but not necessarily as a first language.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask for more details on this opportunity.  We welcome your responses and interest in this vacancy.

    James Tenniswood
    Tel:  +33 (0)1 84 19 44 06

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