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  • 26 Mar 2015 10:34 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: LCA experts

    Institution: VITO (the Flemish Institute for Technological Research)

    Location: Boeretang,  Belgium

     

    Job description

    VITO (the Flemish Institute for Technological Research) is looking for additional LCA experts to expand the project team on sustainable built environment. The LCA experts will work on a variety of projects about sustainable building materials and built environment.

    We are looking for well-organised, flexible and performance-oriented colleagues with a good knowledge about life cycle assessment, as well as good IT skills (Excel, Simapro). Experiences with LCAs within the built environment (cfr. EN 15804) are essential, as well as writing of LCA reports and EPDs in English.

    You will be joining senior LCA experts, serving multi-national customers and policy makers and taking part in product-oriented sustainability research and development of databases and methods.

    Jobs start as soon as possible.

    Written applications including CV and personal references can be sent to mailto:Carolin.Spirinckx@vito.be

     

  • 26 Mar 2015 10:24 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Faculty opening in corporate sustainability

    Institution: Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

    Location: Columbus, Ohio 

     

    Job description 

    Ohio State has launched the  Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment aimed at building a collaborative, trans-disciplinary community of scholars and external partners who will develop innovative solutions to global sustainability challenges associated with food security, materials management, climate resilience, ecosystem protection, and human well-being.

    As part of this new initiative, the Department of Management and Human Resources in the Fisher College of Business is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Strategic Management with interests and expertise in the area of corporate sustainability. Corporate sustainability embraces the concepts of corporate citizenship, environmental and social responsibility, and shared value, while seeking opportunities for sustainable business practices to promote innovation and generate competitive advantage.

    For additional information: http://fisher.osu.edu/departments/management-and-hr/faculty-recruitment/

     

  • 26 Mar 2015 8:53 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Organizations and Natural Environment

    Institution: Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

    Location: Tennessee, USA

     

    Job description 

    The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network (CCRN) are pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship position in organizations and natural environment. The position is for one year, with the possibility of an additional one year extension contingent on performance and funding. The appointment is to start in summer of 2015.  Additional details about the position are offered below, and information about VIEE and CCRN can be found here:

    VIEE: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/viee/

    CCRN: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/academics/academic-programs/environmental-law/climate-change-network/

    Applications are sought from candidates with primary experience in one or more relevant fields in the area of organizations and the natural environment, including organization studies, psychology, sociology, economics, and decision sciences. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research interests and expertise include topics such as employee motivation, perceptions of climate change, resource consumption, engagement in environmental behavior and environmental policy support. For the successful candidate, the thrust of the work during this fellowship will utilize quantitative research methods to examine influences on energy use, environmentally significant behavior and policy support by employees in private organizations – both in the workplace and at home. 

    The postdoctoral fellow will function as an integral member of an active, interdisciplinary research group. The fellow will interact with faculty, graduate and professional students, undergraduates, and other postdoctoral fellows representing a wide range of disciplines, including energy and environmental law, political science, economics, psychology, human and organizational development, management, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to existing projects, work closely with other members of the research group and in interdisciplinary teams, help develop project proposals and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field by the time the appointment begins. In addition, they should have a keen interest and demonstrated expertise in their particular area, strong interpersonal skills, writing ability, and capability to perform in-depth analysis. Candidates must be self-starters who are comfortable taking initiative and who can play a major role in working on multiple projects and bringing them to completion.

    Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled, contingent on funding approval. Applications should include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) three letters of reference from supervisors or professors signed and on letterhead with email addresses and phone numbers included, and (3) an essay (3-5 pages) describing reasons for applying, goals to be accomplished during the fellowship, and a description of how completion of the fellowship will help accomplish career goals. Applications should be submitted electronically as an email attachment to mailto:VIEE@vanderbilt.edu

    Mark A. Cohen

    Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise & Professor of Law

    Owen Graduate School of Management

    Vanderbilt University   (615) 322-0533

     University Fellow Resources for the Future

     You can access my papers on SSRN at: http://ssrn.com/author=44153. 

     

  • 26 Mar 2015 8:40 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Term Faculty or Tenure Track Position in Sustainability and Program Director of the MS in Sustainability Management (MSSM) Program

    Institution: Kogod School of Business, American University

    Location: Washington DC, USA

     

    Job description 

    Kogod School of Business invites nominations and applications for a term-faculty or tenure-track faculty position in sustainability for Academic Year 2015-16 (beginning Fall 2015). The term faculty position will be a renewable full time non-tenure position carrying the rank of Executive in Residence or Term Assistant Professor as appropriate. The tenure track position will carry the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to the tenure-track position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring.

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements for this position are a PhD or a related terminal degree. The candidate must have a proven track record of teaching excellence preferably in business school courses. A strong commitment and evidence of productive scholarly research is required for tenure track candidates and a plus for term faculty candidates. Extensive work experience in sustainability will be considered in lieu of a PhD degree for term faculty candidates.

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Providing administrative, academic, and strategic sustainability leadership for the MSSM program including attracting, retaining and placing high-quality students, implementing pedagogical improvements such as curriculum development, monitoring the academic quality of the program, and coordinating closely with Kogod staff and faculty. Engaging the business and policy-making communities, strengthening existing ties, and promoting the Kogod School of Business and the MSSM program to outside constituents.

    Teaching sustainability and related courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participation in department, school, and university activities. Additionally, for tenure track candidates, research focused at top tier and high quality journals is required.

    The administrative position of Program Director of the MSSM program comes with a reduced teaching load in order to enable the Program Director to primarily focus on managing and developing the MSSM program. The administrative title, course releases, and any additional compensation are subject to periodic review for renewal based on performance and administrative need.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae or resume, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations.

    To apply please submit materials via: http://apply.interfolio.com/28597

    FURTHER INFORMATION: Requests for information should be directed to:

    Ms. Takei Roach
    Academic Affairs Coordinator
    Kogod School of Business
    American University
    4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20016-8044
    mailto:takei@american.edu

    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation's capital. For more information about American University, visit http://www.american.edu

    ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Established in 1955, the Kogod School of Business, the oldest business school in the nation's capital, is an exciting, entrepreneurial institution with over 500 graduate and 1,500 undergraduate students and excellent international contacts. In addition to the traditional MBA and BSBA, the school offers an interdisciplinary MS in Sustainability Management and increased sustainability offerings at the undergraduate level. The Kogod School faculty enjoys substantial interaction with the business, regulatory and consulting communities in the greater Washington, DC area. For additional information on the Kogod School of Business, consult http://www.kogod.american.edu

    American University is an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.
     

  • 25 Mar 2015 1:52 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: A full-time position instrategy and/or technology management (rank open)

    Institution: Grenoble Ecole de Management http://www.grenoble-em.com

    Location: Grenoble, France

    Deadline: 1 April 2015

     

    Grenoble Ecole de Management is a fast growing business school located at the foot of the French Alps in a vibrant and growing metropolitan area with a strong emphasis on high-tech industries (e.g. energy, nanotechnologies, and microelectronics). The School benefits from this community and has established a strong reputation in the management of technology and innovation. Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) has the triple accreditation AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Degrees awarded include Masters (with a specialized master in Energy Marketing and Strategy), MBAs, DBAs, and PhDs. GEM is also an associated partner of KIC InnoEnergy, a European institution for innovation, business creation and education in sustainable energy.

    Grenoble Ecole de Management is regularly ranked among the top 20 business schools in Europe; in 2010, its Master of International Business program was ranked 5th in the Financial Times Global Masters ranking. The School’s faculty has published in leading international journals such asAcademy of Management Review; Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Energy Economics, Energy Journal,and Energy Policy. Resources for faculty include a generous research budget, and competitive compensation with an additional research-based bonus system.

    The Department of Management, Technologies and Strategy invites applications for a full-time position (rank open). New faculty will be expected to contribute, in particular, to the Department’s research efforts and reputation in the areas of strategy in the energy sector or energy technology management or corporate carbon management and to teach mostly graduate and post-graduate courses in strategic management/innovation management. The position will be placed in GEM’s Energy Team.

    Successful candidates should demonstrate their commitment and ability to conduct excellent academic research with the objective of publishing in top-ranked journals (more senior candidates should have an established international research record and network, junior candidates the potential to develop a top-level research agenda). Candidates should also demonstrate their ability to teach successfully for various levels and audiences and their willingness to be involved in the institution. A specific requirement for this position is the ability to reach out to business in the form of training courses, workshops and (applied) research. A good working knowledge of the French language would be a strong asset, but not a requirement.

    Please submit your application materials (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, 2 references, and up to 3 recent publications or working papers) via email to the Head of the Department, Severine Le Loarne (mailto:severine.leloarne@grenoble-em.com), and to the Coordinator of the Energy Team, Joachim Schleich (mailto:joachim.schleich@grenoble-em.com), before 1 April 2015.

  • 25 Mar 2015 1:22 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Bioenergy Life-cycle Analysis Researcher

    Institution: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us

    Location: Madison, WI, USA

     

    Reference Code: USFS-RD-FPL-2015-0002

    How To Apply
     
    A complete application consists of:

    All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

    If you have questions, please send an email to USForestService@orise.orau.gov. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

     

    Academic Levels
    • Postdoctoral
    Description
     
    The researcher will help perform life cycle analyses to quantify the life-cycle environmental benefits of utilizing forest residues with biomass conversion technologies (e.g. torrefaction and briquetting) for the production of bioenergy and bioproducts. In addition, the scientist will develop air quality indicators in conjunction with other project participants.

    The researcher will:

    • Develop a cradle to gate life cycle inventories (LCIs) for torrefied wood and densified briquettes and then conduct life cycle assessments using the TRACI method to determine comparable environmental footprints from harvest to utilization.
    • Develop a series of location-specific macro-level indicators of changes to air quality as a result of adoption of the proposed technologies. Aid other project participants in the following; economic quantification of the effects of the changes to air quality will be conducted using region-specific indicators. The variables in this section will be populated using secondary regional data as well as primary data from experimental sites based on coordination with the work being done for the life cycle analysis.

    This appointment is located at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.

    Participant Benefits

    Research opportunities are typically full-time for one year and may be extended for up to four additional years upon recommendation of the Forest Service and are contingent on the availability of funds. The stipend rates range from $48,403 to $60,514 and are based on the participant’s academic and professional background. A stipend supplement may be provided to cover the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. Relocation expenses may be reimbursed. Funding may be made available to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.

    Nature of the Appointment

    Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, USDA, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

    For additional information about the US Forest Service Research Participation Program, please visit http://www.orau.gov/usfs_rpp/index.html.

    Qualifications

       

    Candidate should:

    • Have received a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline.
    • Have a major focus on life-cycle analysis.
    • Have a minor focus on air quality indicators.

    Preferred Skills

    • Have one to two years investigating woody bioenergy systems, more experienced preferred
    • Be familiar with LCA modeling software, SimaPro preferred.
    • Be published in peer-reviewed journals on the following topics related to bioenergy systems, LCA and air quality indicators; primary author preferred.
    • Be familiar with forest resource activities and the issues surrounding sustainable forestry.

    This program is available to U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, or foreign nationals.

    This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.

     
    Eligibility Requirements
     
    • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree.
    • Discipline(s):
      • Mathematics and Statistics
        • Analysis
        • Biometrics and Biostatistics
        • Mathematics, General
        • Probability and Statistics                
      • Earth and Geosciences
        • Atmospheric Sciences
        • Climate Dynamics
        • Environmental Science Studies
      • Engineering
        • Chemical Engineering
        • Energy
        • Environmental Engineering
      • Computer Sciences
        • Databases, Information Retrieval, and Web Search
        • Operating Systems and Middleware
      • Other Physical Sciences
        • Environmental Chemistry
      • Environmental and Marine Sciences
        • Environmental Sciences
        • Forest Resources and Science
      • Life Health and Medical Sciences
        • Forestry Sciences
      • Physics
        • Physics, General
    • Veteran Status: None

     

  • 23 Mar 2015 8:21 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral position in wood construction externalilities assessment

    Institution:  University of Laval  http://www2.ulaval.ca/futurs-etudiants?gclid=CI3Btum9vsQCFUk2gQod7REAEw

    Location:  Quebec City, Canada

    Project description 

    The suggested project includes 3 components. First, we would like to investigate the cost of the environmental externalities in an actual construction project. Environmental externalities refer to the economic concept of uncompensated environmental effects of production and consumption that affect consumer utility and enterprise cost outside market mechanisms.  As a consequence of negative externalities, private costs of production tend to be lower than total “social” costs. It is the aim of the “polluter/user-pays” principle to prompt households and enterprises to internalize externalities in their plans and budgets. A project will be identified within our partner portfolio, possibly a project with an already realized LCA. Then externalities will be identified, quantified, costed and ranked in term of importance in a construction project. Finally, these costs will be taken into account in an economic input–output life cycle assessment or in a life cycle cost analysis. This could be achieved under an attribution of externalities per m2 of building.

     

    Second, in support of the expansion of the prefabricated and modular housing industry, one of our partners would like to have LCA data of both on site et prefab house for the main export markets. Our objective is to see if the environmental footprint of this industry could be an argument in favor of the prefab housing industry.

    Finally, we would like you to support the graduate students of the CIRCERB with the LCA component of their project.  The subjects of these projects could range from the use of LCA as a product design tool to whole building assessment.

    Research area 

    Environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle costing.

    Department: Wood Sciences (The work will be performed at Université Laval in Quebec City).

    Main Supervisor: Pierre Blanchet (https://circerb.chaire.ulaval.ca/equipe/professeurs/titulaire)

    Candidate profile: Holder of a Ph.D. related with life cycle assessment

    Requested documents: CV and a motivation letter

    More details: Administration CIRCERB  (circerb@sbf.ulaval.ca)

    Title:  Postdoctoral position in wood construction externalities assessment

    Institution:  Universite Laval

    Location:  Quebec City, Canada

    Project description 

    The suggested project includes 3 components. First, we would like to investigate the cost of the environmental externalities in an actual construction project. Environmental externalities refer to the economic concept of uncompensated environmental effects of production and consumption that affect consumer utility and enterprise cost outside market mechanisms.  As a consequence of negative externalities, private costs of production tend to be lower than total “social” costs. It is the aim of the “polluter/user-pays” principle to prompt households and enterprises to internalize externalities in their plans and budgets. A project will be identified within our partner portfolio, possibly a project with an already realized LCA. Then externalities will be identified, quantified, costed and ranked in term of importance in a construction project. Finally, these costs will be taken into account in an economic input–output life cycle assessment or in a life cycle cost analysis. This could be achieved under an attribution of externalities per m2 of building.

     

    Second, in support of the expansion of the prefabricated and modular housing industry, one of our partners would like to have LCA data of both on site et prefab house for the main export markets. Our objective is to see if the environmental footprint of this industry could be an argument in favor of the prefab housing industry.

    Finally, we would like you to support the graduate students of the CIRCERB with the LCA component of their project.  The subjects of these projects could range from the use of LCA as a product design tool to whole building assessment.

    Research area 

    Environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle costing.

    Department: Wood Sciences (The work will be performed at Université Laval in Quebec City).

    Main Supervisor: Pierre Blanchet (https://circerb.chaire.ulaval.ca/equipe/professeurs/titulaire)

    Candidate profile: Holder of a Ph.D. related with life cycle assessment

    Requested documents: CV and a motivation letter

    More details: Administration CIRCERB  (circerb@sbf.ulaval.ca)



  • 19 Mar 2015 1:24 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Fellow

    Institution:  Center for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the University of Victoria

    Location:  Victoria, BC, Canada  http://www.uvic.ca/

    Deadline:  April 15, 2015

    The Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, invites applications for the position of post-doctoral fellow in Business & Sustainability.

    The position is located in the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI)
    http://www.uvic.ca/gustavson/cssi/. The Centre’s research projects focus on areas such as business, ecosystems and biodiversity; sustainable supply chain management; sustainable business models, organizational change and innovation; corporate social responsibility; social innovation; poverty reduction at the BoP; climate change adaptation, and cross-sector partnerships. Research results are targeted for publication in international journals.

    Relevant disciplines are organization theory, business strategy, business and society, organizational behavior, organization and natural environment (ONE), and international business; others can be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with strong qualitative and/or quantitative analytical skills.

    Applicants should hold a PhD or will have received a PhD by the starting date of this post-doctoral fellowship, and show strong demonstrated potential to and interest in conducting research. Full proficiency in English is required. Applications from international candidates are highly encouraged.

    Starting date is July 1, 2015. The appointment is full-time fixed-term for 12 months, renewable to a total of 24 months.

    To apply for this position, please email your CV and letter of interest to Rachel Goldsworthy (cssi@uvic.ca).
    Applications received before April 15, 2015 will receive priority consideration.


  • 19 Mar 2015 12:51 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Sustainability Coordinator

    Institution:  Interface

    Location:  Atlanta, GA


    Interface is driven by a relentless quest to creatively apply the concepts of sustainability to demonstrate a new business model for the next industrial revolution.  This models depends on industry leading innovation, forward thinking design and passionate people with a great sense of purpose.

    We have an exciting opportunity for a Sustainability Coordinator for the Atlanta, GA Brickworks office.
       
    The Sustainability Coordinator will support the Restorative Enterprise team in building capacity for our sales organization to position sustainability as a key differentiator in the marketplace.  He/She will provide assistance with analysis work, will assist in developing content for sales presentations and assist with customer tours, will support data needs for customer RFP’s and sustainability inquiries, and maintain a group presence on the internal company platform (Loop) to respond to inquiries and collect information.  Some travel is required.

    Candidates must have

    Bachelor’s degree in Business or a related field with a preference for education within Sustainability or Environmental Sciences
    Strong communication skills, verbal and written
    Proven ability to work well within a team environment
    Strong presentation skills
    Computer knowledge and experience specifically with Lotus and Microsoft applications
    Ability to research sustainability protocols including green building standards

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  • 19 Mar 2015 12:46 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Manager, Safe & Sustainable Materials

    Institution:  WBCSD

    Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

    Deadline:  April 7, 2015

    The WBCSD is seeking a professional to join the Safe & Sustainable Materials Cluster. This Cluster is focused on working with business to scale up action that contributes to building closed-loop material and product systems that create economic, social and environmental value. Business Solutions are being scoped and kicked off that will enable companies to steer their operations, value chains, and product portfolios towards enabling sustainability.

    This is a full-time, permanent position based at the WBCSD offices in Geneva, Switzerland, reporting to the Director of Safe & Sustainable Materials.

    Main tasks include:

    • Manage development of the new Business Solution on Mainstreaming Life-Cycle Analysis for Buildings and Materials; and help scope and kick off other activities related to advancing the work of this Cluster.
    • Build and maintain relationships with companies, stakeholders, and Global Network partner organizations to advance project objectives and outreach.
    • Undertake research and report writing; implement governance processes and manage project responsibilities on time and within budget.
    • Develop internal and external communications materials.
    • Represent WBCSD within the business community, among policymakers and other stakeholders.
    • Supporting the back-office functions of the work programs: keeping distribution lists and key contacts up-to-date in the central management system, updating the website, developing presentations, handling meeting logistics, drafting meeting minutes, etc.
    • Engage closely with member companies and stakeholders to scope and develop new areas of work as necessary.

     Required competencies include:

    • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in a related discipline.
    • Background and experience: minimum 5 years of experience, preferably in a related industry is strongly desired.
    • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement: Evidence of successfully facilitating projects and meetings with many diverse interests, good team spirit and the ability to build, nurture, and work effectively in (new) teams of partners/stakeholders. Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate.
    • Project management: Evidence of successful and diverse project management responsibilities.
    • Communication: Effective communicator across languages and cultures, ability to present technical topics to a non-technical audience.
    • Multi-Tasking: Ability to manage multiple projects and ad hoc demands simultaneously, set priorities, effectively utilize available resources, identify and proactively address problems, working to deadlines.
    • Language skills: Fluent in English (written and spoken), fluency in one other language is an advantage.


    Apply Now


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