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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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  • 05 Oct 2015 11:01 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doctoral Research Position in Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources

    Institution: University of Eastern Finland

    Location: Joensuu, Finland

    Deadline: October 30, 2015

    The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary university, which seeks to find solutions to global challenges through interdisciplinary research. The UEF has 10 open positions for post-doctoral researchers tcarry out their research in the research areas recognized as top-level international, advanced-level strong or emerging research areas in the strategy of the UEF.

    The research areas and contact persons are listed below:

    • Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health (Prof. Kari Lehtinen, Prof. Maija-Riitta Hirvonen, Prof. Kati Kulovesi)
    • Aquatic Research in Changing World (Prof. Vesa-Pekka Lehto, Prof. Raine Kortet)
    • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences (Prof. Mikko Hiltunen, Prof. Jorma Palvimo)
    • Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters (Prof. James Scott, Prof. Jopi Nyman)
    • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (Academy Prof. Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Academy Prof. Markku Laakso)
    • Drug Delivery, with Emphasis on Ocular Drug Treatment (Prof. Arto Urtti, Prof. Kai Kaarniranta)
    • Forests, Global Change and Bioeconomy (Prof. Heli Peltola, Prof. Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto)
    • Learning in Interactive Environments (Prof. Leena Holopainen, Prof. Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl)
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders (Prof. Heikki Kröger, Associate Prof. Rami Korhonen)
    • Neurosciences (Academy Prof. Asla Pitkänen, Prof. Mikko Hiltunen)
    • Photonics – Theory, Materials and Applications (Prof. Seppo Honkanen, Prof. Tapani Pakkanen)
    • Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources (Prof. Rauno Sairinen, Prof. Tapio Määttä)
    • Translational Cancer Research (Prof. Veli-Matti Kosma)
    • Methods and application of uncertainity modelling (Prof. Marko Vauhkonen, Associate Prof. Ville Kolehmainen, Prof. Jari Kaipio)
    • Effectiveness in Healthcare and Social Services (Prof. Marja Vaarama, Prof. Sirpa Hartikainen)
    • Welfare ruptures (MURTUMA): Recognizing uncertainties, finding solutions (Prof. Juho Saari)

    The University of Eastern Finland invites applications for the above mentioned research areas. The number of positions per research area is not pre-defined; instead, the most distinguished and well-suited candidates will be selected. The principal duty of the post-doctoral researcher is to complete the research presented in the research proposal. The post-doctoral researcher will also participate in the supervision of academic theses in the post-doctoral researcher’s field of research, and give teaching in the field in question.

    Successful applicants to the post-doctoral researcher positions will hold a doctoral degree, which may not have been completed more than five years before the application deadline (doctoral degree certificate must have been conferred between 30 Oct 2010 and 30 Oct 2015). Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than five years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or non-military service). If the applicant pleads to the above mentioned reasons, he or she needs to explain them in the application. Experience in international research cooperation, international researcher mobility, and intent of engaging in international researcher mobility will be regarded as merits.

    The post-doctoral researcher positions will be filled for a three-year term beginning on 1 January 2016. Postdoctoral researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term (UEF Administrative Regulations, Section 30). The salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart of the teaching and research staff in the salary system for Finnish universities (€2 840.64/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3 % of the job requirement component.

    The free-form application should include:

    Curriculum vitae, list of publications and research proposal is recommended to submit in English. The applicant should indicate in his or her application the unit in which the work will be completed and his/her contact person/supervisor at the University of Eastern Finland. The applicant may also include other documents to demonstrate his or her merits for the position (e.g., a statement from the opponent, letters of recommendation, etc.).

    Further information:

    Research topics: Contact persons of the research areas,

    Information about the application procedure: Research Coordinator Anu Liikanen,, tel.+358 40 723 8551.

    Evaluation form of the applications used by the Univeristy of Eastern Finland:

    A probationary period will be applied to new members of the university staff (general regulations on the employment relationship at the University of Eastern Finland, 30 Nov. 2009)

    The application needs to be submitted no later than 30 October 2015 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

    Application web-site:

  • 05 Oct 2015 10:53 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Director, Energy Efficiency Center & Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency

    Institution: University of California, Davis

    Location: Davis, California

    Deadline: December 15, 2015

    Position Description: The University of California, Davis, seeks an internationally recognized expert in energy efficiency science, technology, or policy to lead the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) as faculty director and associate or full professor, and to become holder of the prestigious Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency. The EEC was launched with a major grant from the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) in the spring of 2006, and was established as the nation’s first university center to focus exclusively on energy efficiency.  With CalCEF funding, additional support from UC Davis and each of the leadership sponsors – American Honda, Chevron Corporation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Microsoft, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sempra Energy, Southern California Edison, Walmart, and Wells Fargo – the EEC is poised to deliver important new research, education, and outreach activities.

    The EEC works closely with government, industry, and various research centers to accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficient technologies.  The EEC director will join an exciting and enriching academic environment with a strong cadre of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to the Center’s mission and advancement. The director will provide strong leadership in organizing, managing, and communicating the Center’s interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach efforts. The director will actively participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, conduct research, and provide service to the university and the public.

    Qualifications: To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant energy-efficiency related field, outstanding leadership and administrative experience, an excellent record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and extension or outreach, and demonstrated ability to initiate, coordinate, and conduct research and educational programs in one or more areas of energy efficiency science, technology, or policy.  The applicant must be qualified to be appointed to the tenured title of associate or full professor in one or more departments. The applicant must also have exceptional interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California. Demonstrated skill in obtaining overhead-bearing and gift extramural funds is expected.

    Application Process: Applicants should visit and follow instructions for submitting on-line applications. Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae including publication list, three related publications, a statement of teaching and research interests, a statement describing vision and leadership experience, and the names and addresses (including e-mail and telephone numbers) of five references. In addition, the applicants may submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity that highlights past efforts to encourage diversity.

    Inquiries should be directed to:

    Katherine Bannor

    Analyst, Energy Efficiency Center

    University of California

    1605 Tilia Street

    Suite 100

    Davis, CA 95616

    The position is open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2015.

    UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

  • 05 Oct 2015 10:40 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoc Position in Sustainability/Innovation/Quality Management and Design

    Institution: Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University of Linz 

    Location: Linz, Austria

    Deadline: November 15, 2015

    Starting its activities in October 2015, the IQD is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the intersection of management and industrial engineering focusing on research and teaching in the areas of sustainability oriented innovation, integrated quality management systems and design for sustainability. The institute’s mission is to better understand the development and diffusion of products and services with superior technical, environmental and social quality over the entire life-cycle (supply, production, use, post/re-use and circularity) and how this can be enabled by advanced product-service development and quality management approaches as well as, more generally, organisational change and transformation. The institute is part of the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT), the university’s new international flagship organisation developing research-based responses to key challenges in the context of changing technologies, markets and societies. 

    Your tasks:

    • Conducting a major research project in one of the institute’s core research fields (internally funded)
    • Publishing in international scientific journals (paper-based PostDoc/Habilitation)
    • Conducting practice-oriented projects with industry (“transfer”)
    • Offering own lectures and supervising theses (BSc/MSc/MBA)
    • Contributing to the flourishing of an ambitious new institute
    Your profile:

    • PhD/Doctorate in Sustainability/Innovation/Technology/Quality Management, Business Administration, Sustainable Design or related field
    • Experience in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals
    • Conversational skills in German and English
    • Industry experience (e.g. internship)
    • Dedication to contribute to a sustainability-oriented transformation of industries
    • Willingness to relocate to Linz area (close to Vienna and beautifully situated in the Danube river basin)
    We offer:

    • Responsibility for developing an own research area within the institute’s research strategy
    • Possibility for pursuing a Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification in the German-speaking area)
    • A dynamic new team
    • A network of international research institutions and local industry partners
    • Excellent infrastructure and resource availability

    A minimum gross salary of € 3.483 is paid (standard terms according to the Austrian “Kollektivvertrag”). Interviews via skype are provisioned for 22 October. Further information is available from the designated Head of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Erik Hansen ( Please submit your application (electronic CV and related certificates) to the university’s HR department ( by making reference to the job number “3037”. 

    German AND English language skills are required.

    The official announcement in German can be find at the university’s website: 

  • 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. 

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