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  • 04 May 2016 11:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Four PhD Studentships to Address Anthropogenic Climate Change

    Institution: ICTA-UAB

    Location:  UAB Bellaterra Campus, Barcelona, Spain

    Deadline: May 22, 2016

    Project 1: Project title: Integrated Scenarios for Island economies in the context of climate change. 

    Project 2: Project title: Beyond environmental effectiveness: investigating the impact of payments for ecosystem services on livelihoods and climate change adaptation 

    Project 3: Project title: Mediterranean coastal marine biodiversity under climate change: Local knowledge, perceptions and value 

    Project 4: Project title: Agro-urban sustainability through rooftop greenhouses, improving cities’ sustainability. Economic and environmental benefits 

    For more information on qualifications, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to apply, please visit the following links:

    Click here to download a PDF of the job description 

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

  • 02 May 2016 12:15 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: PhD Fellowship - Assessing environmental impacts of prospective scenarios in territorial LCA – Implementation on a forest territory

    Institution: The French Research Insititute Irstea

    Location: Hosted by the Elsa Group in Montpellier, France

    Deadline: May 18, 2016

    The main objective of this PhD thesis is to develop a methodology for assessing the direct and induced environmental and economic impacts of different prospective scenarios implemented on a territory. These developments will be based on the territorial LCA methodological framework. They will be applied to the comparison of the environmental impacts generated by different choices of forest-based sector management in the French Regional Natural Park of “Ballons des Vosges”. These choices are grouped in several contrasting prospective scenarios. These scenarios include for instance the territory specialization in wood energy in a context of globalized market or the multifunctional use of wood products including loop flows according to the principles of circular economy.

    Candidate Profile:

    With a qualification equivalent to 5 or more years of higher education (research master and / or engineering school), the successful candidate must have strong skills in economy and / or applied mathematics. In addition, the candidate must have basic knowledge in the field of environment sciences and resource management (for example, on the forest-based sector). A first practice of modeling tools or programming is highly required. For the case study and selection of the application example(s) chosen, as well as for the final evaluation phase, the ability to listen, exchange and communicate is essential. A good level of French (at least functional for conversation) is an advantage. Finally, the candidate must demonstrate an interest in public policy and decision support related to environmental issues and spatial planning. 

    For a detailed description of the position please click here

    For information on how to apply for this position please click here

  • 02 May 2016 11:21 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Life Cycle Assessment Researcher

    Institution: Amazon Corporate LLC

    Location: Seattle, Washington, US

    As our lead Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) researcher, you will be responsible for conducting assessments of environmental issues across the full Amazon business ecosystem, evaluating the sustainability impacts of supply chains, from manufacturing, to logistics, to consumer use, to end-of-life. The ideal candidate will have industry experience mapping complex supply chains, conducting LCAs, conducting material flows analyses, benchmarking environmental and social practices, designing research, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting results to business leaders through visualizations, dashboards, and metrics decks. The candidate should be comfortable working with imperfect data, and quantifying and identifying sources of uncertainty.

    The successful candidate must have strong math skills and the ability to apply systems thinking to complex, fast moving problems. The candidate should have familiarity with life-cycle assessment methods and applications. Experience using GaBi, SimaPro or Input-Output LCA software is a plus. The successful candidate will work under the direction of senior business leaders, but will act as a Subject Matter Expert and technical lead for all LCA-related analyses at Amazon, including designing research, gathering data, and interpreting results. The candidate may manage small project teams in gathering and analyzing large amounts of data.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage LCA-related research projects through all stages: ideation, modeling, data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting;
    • Run LCA software and models;
    • Develop reports, dashboards and metrics decks which distill complex data into actionable insights;
    • Respond to time critical questions from multiple business teams;
    • Professionally communicate to senior business leaders.
    Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.


    • Superior written and verbal communication skills
    • 5+ years conducting LCA-related research
    • 5+ years experience working in the Sustainability field
    • Experience with Lean/Agile or similar project management methodologies
    • Masters degree in an LCA-related field


    • Superior Excel skills, with experience in SQL, R, Matlab, and/or Tableau
    • PhD

    For more information, please visit the original job posting

  • 25 Apr 2016 10:50 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Positions: Senior Researcher (R3), Postdoctoral Researcher (R2), PhD Student (R1)

    Institution: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation 

    Location: Pulawy, Poland

    Deadline: April 30, 2016

    Research Fields: Bioeconomy, systems analysis, Life Cycle Assessment 

    Career Stage: Senior Researcher (R3), Postdoctoral researcher (R2), PhD Student (R1)

    Monthly salary: €5,300 (R3), €3,600 (R2) and €1,700 (R1)

    Duration of employment: 46 months (R3) and 44 months (R1 and R2) 

    The Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis is looking for three researchers to join our team, who will be involved in the on-going project “New Strategies on Bio-Economy in Poland”, which is funded by the European Commission. The successful applicant will preferably have a combination of skills and experience in the following topics:

    ·      Biophysical modelling of bio-based systems (e.g. bioenergy), preferably with (hybrid) Life Cycle Assessment

    ·      Economic-equilibrium modelling

    ·      (Indirect) Land Use Change

    ·      Optimisation modelling

    ·      Geographical Information Systems

    ·      Water footprinting

    ·      Cost Benefit Analysis

     Required documents:

    1.     Curriculum Vitae 

    2.     Cover letter 

    3.     Consent of processing of the personal data*

    4.     Copy of MSc certificate (for R1 applicants only)

    5.     Letter(s) of reference (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    6.     List of Impact Factor publications, with H-index (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    7.     List of international and national projects (for R2 and R3 applicants only)

    The required documents shall be sent by post to the Institute (IUNG-PIB, Czartoryskich 8 Street, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland) or by email in pdf format (attachments up to 15 MB) to Katarzyna Zylowska (kzylowska@iung.pulawy.plbioecon@iung.pulawy.plor submitted in person to the Human Resources Department of the Institute, from Monday to Friday, (7h – 15h) no later than 30th April 2016

    Shortlisted applicants should be prepared to participate in online and/or face-to-face interviews in May or June. The start date is negotiable, however the positions are open with immediate effect. 

  • 25 Apr 2016 8:08 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: LCA Analyst (contract ending end of Dec 2016)

    Institution: Materia Nova R&D Centre 

    Deadline: April 29, 2016

    Though french speaking is not absolutely required for this position, the ability to understand the following job description would be an asset. An english version of the job description can however be made available upon request addressed to .

    Job description:

    Materia Nova est un centre R&D spécialisé dans le domaine des matériaux et des technologies environnementales.

    Son département “impact environnemental” souhaite renforcer son activité dans le domaine de l’ACV appliquée aux projets de R&D et recherche pour engagement immédiat un chercheur ACViste.

    Votre mission : Réaliser des études ACV dans le cadre de projets de recherche collaboratifs

    Vos principales responsabilités :

    - Réaliser des études ACV afin d’évaluer l’impact environnemental potentiel des innovations développées et proposer aux partenaires et collaborateurs des projets concernés des pistes d’optimisation des impacts environnementaux dans un souci d’écoconception.

    - Interagir avec les autres chercheurs et les partenaires pour récolter les données nécessaires à la modélisation.

    - Participer au développement de l’activité ACV en prestation (accompagnement de démarches d’écoconception des PME…)

    - Détecter de nouvelles opportunités de développement (proposition et développement de nouvelles thématiques de recherche)

    - Participer au montage de projets de recherche collaboratifs.

    Votre profil :

    Master, Ingénieur ou Docteur en Sciences ou Sciences Appliquées possédant des compétences en Analyse de Cycle de Vie.  

    La maîtrise des outils et méthodologies de l’ACV est nécessaire, une expérience spécifique de l’utilisation du logiciel Simapro serait appréciée.

    Une expérience spécifique de l’ACV sur des produits biosourcés, une expérience spécifique de l’ACV appliquée à des projets de R&D, ou une formation initiale dans le domaine de la chimie ou des biotechnologies sont un plus.

    En outre, un bon esprit d’équipe est essentiel mais vous devrez être autonome ; vous avez aussi des facilités pour la communication écrite et orale (Français/Anglais).

    Notre offre :

    - Un contrat temps plein mais flexible, CDD jusque fin décembre 2016 dans une équipe à l’activité en croissance

    - Basé à Mons (100% des remboursements en transports en commun et une compensation si utilisation du vélo) et bon nombre de voyages en lien avec votre mission

    - Un travail très varié, qui est aussi diversifié et évoluant sans cesse

    Pour postuler :

    Les candidatures doivent être envoyées uniquement par e-mail à Marylise LEDOUBLE, Directrice des Ressources Humaines sur

    L’objet de l’e-mail sera votre NOM suivi de votre PRENOM.

    Merci d’annexer :

    - Votre lettre de candidature intitulée : CL_NOM_PRENOM,

    - Votre curriculum vitae intitule : CV_NOM_PRENOM.

  • 29 Mar 2016 2:33 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Scientific Researcher 

    Institution: German Institute of Food Technologies

    Location: Quakenbrück, Germany

    We offer the possibility of autonomous processing of a 3-year project in the field of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment, LCA) in an innovative and exciting environment. The aim of the project is to gain new useful materials for the production of food from plant secondary streams. The project focuses on food and biotechnological processes to innovative recycling plant side flows of the potato, carrot and rape processing. For the quality mycoprotein has been shown that it can be produced in less space and with less use of water, substrates and energy than the plant or even animal comparative products or various flavorings. The sustainability of this project is to be checked on the basis of its environmental aspects using a life cycle assessment (LCA environmental).


    • Evaluation of life cycle assessment, efficiency and the economic and social realities
    • Participation in research in development and processing of secondary streams
    • Participation in the test and evaluation
    • Participation in identification of promising applications


    • Degree in Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management (Master or equivalent)
    • familiarity with MS Office, SimaPro, Ecoinvent (other LCA software is advantageous)
    • independent and autonomous operation, commitment and teamwork
    • good German and English, spoken and written

    Please visit the original job posting for more information on how to apply

  • 29 Mar 2016 2:29 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Research Fellow

    Institution: Leuphana University Lüneburg

    Location: Northern Germany

    Deadline: April 10, 2016

    Leuphana University Lüneburg in Northern Germany, Faculty Sustainability, is announcing two exciting positions for research fellows (part-time, 50%) for a duration until 28 February 2018.

    The successful candidates will work on the interface of consumer research and sustainability science. The positions are linked to the project BiNKA – Education for Sustainable Consumption through Mindfulness Training” (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). The project explores the effects of a consumption-specific mindfulness training program on the participants‘ sustainable consumer behavior.

    We are seeking a candidate with a clear profile in qualitative methods in the social sciences and a candidate with a clear profile in quantitative methods in the social sciences. Graduates interested in developing a PhD proposal are encouraged to apply.

    More information on the positions and how to apply can be found at

    è Qualitative Methods: (in English) or (in German)

    è Quantitative Methods: (in English) or (in German)

    For any question, please contact Dr. Daniel Fischer (

  • 29 Mar 2016 2:25 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business

    Institution: The Scheller College of Business - Georgia Institute of Technology

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia, US

    Deadline: April 30, 2016

    The Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia seeks applications or nominations for an academic appointment as the Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (ACSB). The Managing Director will have the opportunity to shape and steer the growth of the Center’s activities and impact, as the Center recently received a long-term gift doubling its operational budget from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The Managing Director will also have the opportunity to partner with the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS), an institute-wide undergraduate education initiative that is developing learning and co-curricular opportunities designed to help our students combine their academic and career interests with their desire to create sustainable communities. 

    Responsibilities: The managing director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (ACSB) will have responsibility for delivering on the overall ACSB strategy, and providing operational and thought leadership to achieve the Center’s three mission-centric goals defined in its strategic plan: 

    1. To catalyze, support and disseminate research in thematic areas aligned with sustainability integration and sustainability-driven innovation; 

    2. To impart to students and practitioners the knowledge, skills and desire to be change agents for a sustainable future in their professional and civic lives; 

    3. To nurture networks of faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners that co-create and share knowledge. 

    The Managing Director will serve as a resource to a wide range of constituents and must be able to effectively represent ACSB, the Scheller College and Georgia Tech in discussions with leaders across business and academia, senior executives, government officials and community leaders. 

    More specifically, the Managing Director will: 

     Drive and regularly assess ACSB’s strategy and optimize its progress to goals in close collaboration with the ACSB Faculty Director and faculty steering committee. 

     Participate in the design of faculty-led efforts to enhance research, course development, and conferences, including the identification of appropriate collaborators. Work with faculty to design and execute targeted practitioner engagements aligned with ACSB priorities and faculty interests, and in collaboration with Scheller’s Executive Education Programs Office. 

     Identify, establish, and cultivate relationships with industry, national and international organizations, alumni, and donors to promote initiatives and raise funds, scholarships, fellowships, etc. in partnership with External Relations and Development, 

     Design and oversee the Center’s engagement strategy with select MBA and Undergraduate student activities including coordination with MBA and Undergraduate admissions, career and professional development. Interact with student club leaders to leverage existing opportunities, advance external engagements, and raise awareness. 

     In partnership with the Scheller Marketing and Communications, develop and oversee a marketing and communications strategy to elevate ACSB’s visibility and impact through the dissemination of ACSB’s research output and information about related activities. 

     As time and scheduling permits, and based on the selected candidate’s academic qualifications, teach the MBA and undergraduate Sustainable Business Consulting practicum classes. 

     Serve as a key contact on the work of the Center for internal and external constituents, including faculty, administration, and the media. Develop and nurture a working knowledge of the work of ACSB faculty. Identify and link common interests across constituents. 

     Oversee the internal operations of the Center. Ensure compliance to budget and all applicable financial policies, procedures and requirements. Hire and supervise professional and administrative staff, including an Industry Relations Director (shared with CSLS), a Program and Operations Manager, an Administrative Assistant and MBA student assistants. 

     Complete other duties as requested in support of the Center’s mission. 

    Skills/Experience: We seek a creative, innovative, and visionary leader with a proven record of accomplishment achieving goals and effectively implementing new initiatives in a complex environment. Significant experience as an operational and project manager, with proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects, drive process amidst competing priorities, and manage and motivate staff is essential. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and demonstrated knowledge of sustainable business. Other desired qualities include: 

     Ability to perform all levels of work from strategy to directly managing activities and events. 

     Self-motivation, creativity and comfort building collaborative relationships throughout the organization. 

     Ability to work independently while establishing strong team relationships. 

     Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 

    Familiarity with management and operations within an academic institution is a plus. Prior teaching experience is a plus. Deep domain knowledge at the intersection of sustainability and supply chain management, innovation, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, strategy, or marketing is a plus. 

    Credentials: The academic job title for this position will be Professor of the Practice or Academic Professional, depending on the candidate’s credentials and experience. The Professor of the Practice position requires a substantial basis of experience, normally of at least 10-15 years, and a national/international reputation for excellence, while the Academic Professional position requires an earned terminal degree (PhD, DBA or JD). 

    To Apply: 

    The search process will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit an application no later than April 30, 2016. The anticipated start date is July 15, 2016 but this is negotiable. To apply, email a cover letter that addresses qualifications for this position; a resume/vita; and the names, titles, and contact information (email, phone) for four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification) in a single PDF file to (please reference the position title in your email’s subject line). Please include in your cover letter your thoughts about the following question: What is an impactful way for business school faculty and students to contribute to creating sustainable businesses and communities? The selection process for the chosen candidate will include passing a pre-employment background screening, as well as the submission of transcripts once the top candidate has been identified. 

  • 28 Mar 2016 3:14 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Faculty (rank open)

    Institution:  Duke Kunshan University

    Location: Jiangsu, China

    Deadline: April 15, 2016 

    Duke Kunshan University seeks applicants for a cluster hire effort for the newly established Environment Program. Duke Kunshan will grow a core faculty with expertise in environmental economics, policy, and science as part of its interdisciplinary research and education initiative. We are seeking to fill five faculty positions (rank open) to start as early as July 2016 to staff the Environment Research Center and a new international Master’s in Environmental Policy (iMEP) program. Researchers will help to establish a research hub for evidence-based environmental science and policy studies with a focus on big data and empirical methods. Although we will consider high quality applicants from all disciplines related to the environment, we are especially interested in hiring a mix of social and natural scientists. Desired expertise for the environmental social scientist includes, but is not limited to, environmental economics, survey methods, applied quantitative analysis, environmental negotiation, environmental policy analysis and public policy, and political science. For the positions in environmental science, preference will be given to environmental scientists interested in collaborating with social scientists and policymakers and who brings expertise in modeling and/or working with environmental data. Topics such as air and water pollution, energy, climate change, food, ecology and conservation are of great interest to Duke Kunshan.

    Duke Kunshan University currently hosts an active Global Health Research Center and offers master’s degrees in global health, medical physics, and management studies. Following approval by China’s Ministry of Education, the iMEP will be offered in fall 2017 at Duke Kunshan as a Duke University degree issued jointly by Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy.

    Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in an appropriate field. Postdoctoral research/training experience is highly desirable. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to conduct outstanding independent research. Candidates whose research is interdisciplinary centered on environment science and policy are strongly encouraged to apply.

    We request from all applicants a curriculum vitae, a research statement and a teaching statement. Applicants should also provide names and contact information for three references. All these materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online. The search committee also invites and encourages letters of nomination for potential candidates. Nominations and questions about the position may be sent to using “Environment Research” as the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by April 15, 2016 and applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

    Duke Kunshan University provides excellent compensation, benefits and start-up packages, which are comparable to those of U.S. institutions.

    Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China. The Duke Kunshan University campus is located 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, which is connected to Shanghai via a 19-minute high-speed train and a subway-light rail train system.

    As an international intellectual community that encourages diversity, openness and creative learning, Duke Kunshan University welcomes outstanding faculty from around the world who contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to this global learning and research environment. Duke Kunshan University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

  • 19 Mar 2016 2:51 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: Senior Researcher in Bioeconomy, Systems Analysis, and Life Cycle Assessment

    Institution: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation

    Location: Pulawy, Poland

    • Monthly salary: €5,300 (decreased by the compulsory social insurance rates applicable in Poland and paid by the Institute as employer – it means approximately average monthly gross salary of €4,700)
    • Duration of employment: 46 months
    The Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis is looking for three researchers to join our team, who will be involved in the on-going project “New Strategies on Bio-Economy in Poland”, which is funded by the European Commission. The successful applicant will preferably have a combination of skills and experience in the following topics:

     Biophysical modelling of bio-based systems (e.g. bioenergy), preferably (hybrid)

    Life Cycle Assessment

     Economic-equilibrium modelling

     (Indirect) Land Use Change

     Optimisation modelling

     Geographical Information Systems

     Water footprint

     Cost Benefit Analysis

    Required documents:

    1. Curriculum Vitae

    2. Cover letter

    3. Letter(s) of reference

    4. List of Impact Factor publications, with H-index

    5. List of international and national projects

    6. Consent of processing of the personal data*

    The required documents shall be sent by post to the Institute (IUNG-PIB, Czartoryskich 8 Street, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland) or by email in pdf format (attachments up to 15 MB) to Katarzyna Zylowska (mailto:, or submitted personally in the Human Resources Department of the Institute, from Monday to Friday, (7h – 15h) no later than 30.04.2016.

    Shortlisted applicants should be prepared to participate in online and/or face-to-face interviews in May or June. The start date is negotiable, however the positions are open with immediate effect.

    *The application must contain the following statement: "I hereby give consent for the personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of recruitment, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act dated August, 29,1997 (uniform text: Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland 2002 No 101, item 926 with further amendments)"

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