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  • 26 May 2015 12:22 PM | Tianjun Hou (Administrator)

    Title: Assistant Professor 

    Institutions: The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo  http://seed.uwaterloo.ca

    Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Deadline: September 30, 2015


    Industrial Ecology

    The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in industrial ecology.  Candidates for Assistant Professor should have a completed or nearly completed PhD, and should demonstrate the potential for high-quality research and teaching.  The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $105,000.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates. 

    Individuals with degrees (or primary fields of research) in business, engineering, environmental science and management, social / human ecology, and environmental and ecological economics are encouraged to apply.  Preferred candidates will have research expertise and/or teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: life cycle approaches, environmental management and policy, material and energy flows analysis, industrial symbiosis, eco-design, supply chain management, extended producer responsibility, and sustainable business operations. The position will support teaching and research activities in SEED’s Environment and Business, Sustainability Management, and International Development Programs.

    Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2015, with interviews commencing in October 2015. The anticipated start date for the position is January 1, 2016, but may be negotiated.  Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed curriculum vita, a statement explaining how their abilities and interests relate to SEED with regard to research and teaching, as well as the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three referees. Please send an application package to:  Marion Brown, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1, or submit electronically to ma4brown@uwaterloo.ca

    Located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, 1-hour west of Toronto and serving over 35,000 full- and part-time students, the University of Waterloo (UW) is among Canada’s finest universities. For 22 straight years, UW has been ranked as the most innovative university in the country, and for 18 of those 22 years, educational leaders have ranked it Canada’s best university overall. UW stands out among its peers not only for its strong research profile and innovative approaches to education, but also for its uniquely positive and enterprising relationships with business and the world of practice.  Waterloo has been ranked one of the best places in the world for start-ups. The Region boasts of hundreds of technology-driven enterprises, including offices of OpenText, SAS, Square, and Google.

    Founded in 2009, SEED, located at the biggest Faculty of Environment in Canada, has quickly established itself as a recognized leader in integrated approaches for sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, social and development challenges. SEED offers comprehensive and highly inter-disciplinary professional programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in sustainable business and development, with degrees in environment and business, sustainability management, international development, and local economic development. SEED offers two undergraduate programs (Environment & Business, International Development) and four graduate programs (Environment & Business, Sustainability Management, Local Economic Development, and Development Practice). SEED has a current enrolment of approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is experiencing further growth. The School is adding faculty members, developing new programs and growing research capacities. SEED is located in a 57,000 sq. ft. LEED© Platinum building with classrooms, student space and offices. For details about the school and its programs please visit: http://seed.uwaterloo.ca.

    Three reasons to apply: https://uwaterloo.ca/watport/why-waterloo.

    The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 

  • 21 May 2015 8:54 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Post-Doctoral Position

    Institution: School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo, http://seed.uwaterloo.ca/

    Location:  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Deadline:  June 1, 2015


    A motivated individual is required to work on a diverse, multidisciplinary, collaborative BioFuelNet Canada project involving several Canadian universities (University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Memorial University of Newfoundland) and industrial partners. BioFuelNet Canada is a Network of Centres of Excellence that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to address challenges in the advanced biofuels industry. http://www.biofuelnet.ca/

    Although Canada’s biofuel sector is growing, it still faces several challenges related to economic feasibility and sustainable feedstock supply. Our research addresses these challenges by evaluating the environmental impacts and economic feasibility of mobile pyrolysis systems located in different regions and using various feedstocks. The research will develop the case for regional bioenergy by using life cycle assessment (LCA), material and energy flow analysis, and spatial analysis to identify available feedstock for a region. The research will have the following potential benefits:

    • the production of scenarios showing the environmental and economic aspects of renewable energy production;
    • the quantification of carbon reduction and carbon mitigation costs; and
    • the collection and analysis of data to inform biofuel industries, and policy-makers on how to develop economically competitive and environmentally sustainable bioenergy technologies.

    Position Responsibilities

    • Manage and conduct research, analysis, and publication of research as described below.
    • Support research in the area of industrial ecology at SEED, including, but not limited to managing data and tools, and networking

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • PhD in engineering, environmental science/studies or related fields, with strong competence in industrial ecology, LCA and techno-economic evaluation of industrial processes or equivalent experience
    • Demonstrated ability to publish

    Required Skills:

    • Life cycle assessment and techno-economic assessment of technologies
    • Strong understanding of environmental sciences, particularly of forests or agriculture
    • Ability to manage projects, self-direct tasks and to meet deadlines
    • Strong competence in both written and oral English and in external communication

    Additional skills:

    • Experienced in specialized software (particularly SimaPro and Aspen)
    • Grounding in industrial ecology concepts
    • Experience in any of the following areas: Material and Energy Flow Analysis (MEFA), land use, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest carbon modeling, field experiments.
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams in a group environment.

    Reserch Tasks and Activities:

    • Conduct Life Cycle Assessment and techno-economic evaluation of pyrolysis technologies based on industry data and ASPEN
    • Biomass accounting using Material and Energy Flow Analysis
    • Forest carbon modeling and/or literature review
    •   Build databases and perform analysis
    • Collect and manage data from researchers and industrial partners in BFN, and collect data at Haliburton Forest
    • Visits to Guelph and Haliburton, Ontario; Quebec and Newfoundland sites and partners
    • BFN project management, reporting and communication
    • Coordinate bioenergy-related research of masters students, particularly of masters student looking at amount of feedstock and waste flows in the Waterloo region for use in pyrolysis system
    • Proposal writing/ Preparation of at least 2 journal manuscripts

    Position details

    Starting between July 1 and September 1, 2015. Contract is full-time with benefits, lasting 16 to 20 months; salary is negotiable depending on experience. There is also the potential to be a sessional course instructor with additional salary.

    Submission of Applications

    Interested applicants should email a motivation letter and a CV to: Dr. Goretty Dias, gdias@uwaterloo.ca We will begin reviewing applications starting June 1, 2015.

    About SEED and the University of Waterloo

    The position is located in SEED, at the University of Waterloo one of Canada’s finest universities. For 22 straight years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked as the most innovative university in the country, and for 18 of those 22 years, educational leaders have ranked it Canada’s best university overall.

    Founded in 2009, SEED has established itself as a recognized leader in integrated approaches for sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, social and development challenges. SEED offers comprehensive and highly inter-disciplinary professional programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in sustainable business and development, with degrees in environment and business, sustainability management, international development, and local economic development. SEED offers two undergraduate programs (Environment & Business, International Development) and three graduate programs (Environment & Business, Sustainability Management, Local Economic Development, and Development Practice). SEED has a current enrolment of approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. SEED is in a new 57,000 sq. ft. LEED© Platinum building with classrooms, student space and offices. For details about the school and its programs please visit: http://seed.uwaterloo.ca. SEED is located within the Faculty of Environment, which has been a leader in tackling resource, ecosystem, policy and sustainability issues for the past 40 years.


  • 20 May 2015 2:53 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral position in Environmental Management and Engineering

    Institution:  Linkoping University, http://www.liu.se/?l=en

    Location:  Linkoping, Sweden


    Read more about the position here.

  • 20 May 2015 2:42 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher in Life Cycle Assessment of Biobased Products 

    Institution  :Institute for Sustainability in the College of Engineering and Sciences at Clemson University. http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/researcher-hired-as-smartstate-endowed-chair-in-sustainable-development/?utm_

    Location:  Clemson, SC


    Job Description:

    Requesting applications for a postdoc in the new Institute for Sustainability in the College of Engineering and Sciences at Clemson University. 

     

    We are looking for a highly self-motivated and independent applicant with experience in life cycle assessment (LCA). The postdoc will lead LCA for several projects supported by corporate partners, USDA, NSF, and DOE. The LCAs for all projects are focused on biobased products, including biobased fuels, foods, and natural rubber. The projects may also include statistical analysis of the LCA data, economic, policy, and social impact analysis.  The post doc will work closely with Dr. Amy E. Landis. The post doc can expect to manage and mentor a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers. The post doc will also gain experience in proposal writing (federal and industry). If interested, teaching opportunities can also be included as part of the post doc’s professional development. 

     Minimum qualifications include a PhD and candidate’s ability to document a scholarly record in LCA. The ideal candidate will have experience using statistical tools with LCA, economic and/or policy analysis and have experience in biobased production. Applicants should have excellent ability to work independently and collaboratively. Applicants should be able to demonstrate technical writing skills. 

     The postdoc will join the new Institute for Sustainability, led by Dr. Amy E. Landis. The institute will be composed of faculty, staff and students from across the university, and it aims to build collaborations with industry both locally and abroad. The Institute will connect sustainability research and education across Clemson, and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of new sustainability programs at Clemson. 

     The position is available starting July 1, 2015. Starting date is flexible and the position is renewable on a yearly basis based on performance evaluation. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

     Application should consist of i) a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, interest in the position, and contact information for 3 references, ii) a CV, and iii) one writing sample- ideally a first authored peer-reviewed publication. Interested applicants should send an application to Dr. Landis via email at amy.landis@asu.edu. The Institute for Sustainability does not yet have a website; for more information please contact Dr. Landis via email.  

  • 19 May 2015 7:31 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Senior Lecturer/Reader in Politics

    Institution: School of Social Sciences, the University of Manchester

    Location: Manchester, UK

    Closing date: May 31, 2015

     

    Job description

    Reference : HUM-06402

    Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities

    Division : Sustainable Consumption Institute Core

    Employment type : Fixed Term

    Duration : from 01/09/2015 until 31/07/2018

    Salary : £48,743 to £58,172 (Senior Lecturer) or £48,743 to £63,552 (Reader) per annum depending on appointment

    Hours per week : Full time

    Based at the Sustainable Consumption Institute within the School of Social Sciences, you will specialise in green political thought and/or environmental regulation and governance, with particular expertise in the study of sustainable consumption. You will be research-focused, with a limited teaching contribution, for at least the first three years, with you developing a programme of research at the interface of the SCI and the Politics Discipline Areas.

    As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic/female candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME/female candidates. All appointments will be made on merit.

    OVERALL PURPOSE

    You will specialise in green political thought and/ or environmental regulation and governance, with particular expertise in the study of sustainable consumption. You will be research-focused, with a limited teaching contribution, for at least the first three years, with you developing a programme of research at the interface of the SCI and the Politics Discipline Area.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

    · Conducting research that is excellent by international standards

    · Producing publications of international quality

    · Playing a leading role in the intellectual development and activities of the Sustainable Consumption Institute and Politics Discipline Area

    · Developing research projects and securing appropriate external funding for them

    · Attracting and supervising top quality PhD students

    · Contributing to the knowledge exchange and impact activities of the SCI and Politics Discipline Area

    · Offering appropriate teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels

    · Contributing to administration as called for by the Director of the SCI, Head of Politics

     

    PERSON SPECIFICATION

    Essential

    · Demonstrable evidence of an excellent research and publications profile in

    Environmental Politics

    · A strong commitment (both substantive and methodological) to theoretically informed empirical social science

    · Track record of securing research income, and excellence in research project management

    · Experience of, and commitment to, the development of early career researchers in an interdisciplinary context

    · Commitment to research impact and demonstrable experience of innovative engagement in knowledge exchange activities with non-academic stakeholders

    · Excellent skills in communication and the ability to create/participate in effective working relationships in the research context

    · Commitment to working within the team and management structures created for the governance and management of the Discipline Area and/or the Sustainable Consumption Institute

    · Demonstrable ability or potential to make a strong contribution to both the research and teaching agendas of the Discipline Area, the Sustainable Consumption Institute, and the School of Social Sciences

    · A PhD in Politics or related subject

    · Experience of postgraduate research supervision

    · Experience in providing high-quality teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate Levels

     

    Desirable

    · Excellent external networks

    · Knowledge of critical theoretical debates in the study of sustainable consumption and production

    · Demonstrable evidence of inter-disciplinary research and publications

    · Supervision of postgraduates to completion

     

    Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

    Dale Southerton

    Email: Dale.southerton@manchester.ac.uk

    Tel: 0161 275 0260

     

    General enquiries:

    Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

    Tel: 0161 275 4499

     

    Technical support:

    Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

    Tel: 01565 818 234

     

    This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

    Full details of the post can be found at: 

    https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=9698

  • 13 May 2015 3:42 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Position in Bioenergy

    Institution: School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo

    Location: Ontario, Canada

     

    Job Description

    Project: “An industrial ecology approach to implementation of pyrolysis bioenergy at a regional scale”

    A motivated individual is required to work on a diverse, multidisciplinary, collaborative BioFuelNet Canada project involving several Canadian universities (University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Memorial University of Newfoundland) and industrial partners. BioFuelNet Canada is a Network of Centres of Excellence that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to address challenges in the advanced biofuels industry. http://www.biofuelnet.ca/

    Although Canada’s biofuel sector is growing, it still faces several challenges related to economic feasibility and sustainable feedstock supply. Our research addresses these challenges by evaluating the environmental impacts and economic feasibility of mobile pyrolysis systems located in different regions and using various feedstocks. The research will develop the case for regional bioenergy by using life cycle assessment (LCA), material and energy flow analysis, and spatial analysis to identify available feedstock for a region. The research will have the following potential benefits:

    • the production of scenarios showing the environmental and economic aspects of renewable energy production;
    • the quantification of carbon reduction and carbon mitigation costs; and
    • the collection and analysis of data to inform biofuel industries, and policy-makers on how to develop economically competitive and environmentally sustainable bioenergy technologies.

    Position Responsibilities

    • Manage and conduct research, analysis, and publication of research as described below
    • Support research in the area of industrial ecology at SEED, including, but not limited to managing data and tools, and networking

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    • PhD in engineering, environmental science/studies or related fields, with strong competence in industrial ecology, LCA and techno-economic evaluation of industrial processes or equivalent experience
    • Demonstrated ability to publish

    Required Skills:

    • Life cycle assessment and techno-economic assessment of technologies
    • Strong understanding of environmental sciences, particularly of forests or agriculture
    • Ability to manage projects, self-direct tasks and to meet deadlines
    • Strong competence in both written and oral English and in external communication

    Additional skills:

    • Experienced in specialized software (particularly SimaPro and Aspen)
    • Grounding in industrial ecology concepts
    • Experience in any of the following areas: Material and Energy Flow Analysis (MEFA), land use, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest carbon modeling, field experiments.
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams in a group environment.

    Research Tasks and Activities:

    • Conduct Life Cycle Assessment and techno-economic evaluation of pyrolysis technologies based on industry data and ASPEN
    • Biomass accounting using Material and Energy Flow Analysis
    • Forest carbon modeling and/or literature review
    • Build databases and perform analysis
    • Collect and manage data from researchers and industrial partners in BFN, and collect data at Haliburton Forest
    • Visits to Guelph and Haliburton, Ontario; Quebec and Newfoundland sites and partners
    • BFN project management, reporting and communication
    • Coordinate bioenergy-related research of masters students, particularly of masters student looking at amount of feedstock and waste flows in the Waterloo region for use in pyrolysis system
    • Proposal writing/ Preparation of at least 2 journal manuscripts

    Position details

    Starting between July 1 and September 1, 2015. Contract is full-time with benefits, lasting 16 to 20 months; salary is negotiable depending on experience. There is also the potential to be a sessional course instructor with additional salary.

    Submission of Applications

    Interested applicants should email a motivation letter and a CV to: Dr. Goretty Dias, gdias@uwaterloo.ca

    We will begin reviewing applications starting June 1, 2015.

     

    About SEED and the University of Waterloo

    The position is located in SEED, at the University of Waterloo one of Canada’s finest universities. For 22 straight years, the University of Waterloo has been ranked as the most innovative university in the country, and for 18 of those 22 years, educational leaders have ranked it Canada’s best university overall.

    Founded in 2009, SEED has established itself as a recognized leader in integrated approaches for sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, social and development challenges. SEED offers comprehensive and highly inter-disciplinary professional programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in sustainable business and development, with degrees in environment and business, sustainability management, international development, and local economic development. SEED offers two undergraduate programs (Environment & Business, International Development) and three graduate programs (Environment & Business, Sustainability Management, Local Economic Development, and Development Practice). SEED has a current enrolment of approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. SEED is in a new 57,000 sq. ft. LEED© Platinum building with classrooms, student space and offices. For details about the school and its programs please visit: http://seed.uwaterloo.ca. SEED is located within the Faculty of Environment, which has been a leader in tackling resource, ecosystem, policy and sustainability issues for the past 40 years.

  • 13 May 2015 3:10 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Researcher - Life Cycle Assessment Analyst

    Institution: Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST)

    Location: Luxembourg

     

    Reference : ERIN-20150327-R-MOBILITY

    Contract type :  Fixed term contract

    Duration :  36 months

    Start Date :  01-06-15

     

    Context

    The successful candidate will join the "Environmental Research and Innovation" (ERIN) department. With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the department has the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our society is facing today: climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.

     

    Job Description

    Involved projects

    The successful applicant will be mainly involved in the CONNECTING and DyPLCA research projects co-funded by the National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR).

    The main objective of CONNECTING is to propose an operational approach for consequential LCA of mobility scenarios, rooted on the development of an integrated agent based-environmental assessment model for the specific case of Luxembourg's cross-border commuters and their mode choice behaviour.

    The main objective of DyPLCA (co-funded by the French National Research Agency ANR) is to develop a methodology and operational tool for the calculation of dynamic LCAs, with also a focus on mobility systems taken as case study.

    Main missions

    In the framework of the CONNECTING project, under the supervision of the principal investigator and with the collaboration of a research team composed by 5 researchers, the incumbent will have to carry out all the project tasks related to LCA work packages, and in particular:

      - the development of the LCA model,

      - its integration to the agent based model that will be developed by the project team,

      - the consequential LCA simulations, followed by sensitivity/uncertainty analysis and interpretation of the results.

    Moreover, he/she will assist the Principal Investigator in:

      - the project management tasks,

      - the overall coordination of the project partners.

    Regarding the DyPLCA project and according to its main objectives, under the supervision of Luxembourgish and French principal investigators and in collaboration with an international research team, the incumbent will have to contribute to the development of the dynamic LCA model and the collection of the time dependent data and information to feed the calculation tool.

    In both projects, he/she will support the transfer of the project results to the private and public sectors, contribute to the valorisation of the research results by writing scientific papers published in top-ranked scientific journals and make presentations at international conferences.

     

    Profile

    Education and experience

    We are looking for an experienced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyst having a broad understanding of industrial systems and specific know-how in the field of (electric-) mobility systems and/or logistics.

      - Master Degree in industrial, civil or environmental engineering or in environmental science,

      - PhD in Life Cycle Assessment or equivalent working experience would be considered as an asset,

      - Ideally 2-3 years of experience in an international research environment,

      - Publication record in the field of LCA would be an asset.

     

    Competencies

      - Mastery of at least one LCA software and of the main LCA databases,

      - Expertise in agent based modelling and mobility systems is an advantage,

      - Open minded, interdisciplinary thinking,

      - Creative, team player with proven organizational skills.

     

    Language

    Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory. Proficiency of at least one of the official languages of the country is an asset (French, German or Luxembourgish).

     

    Contact

    Candidates interested in the above position can apply online. The application file should include:

      - a CV, including the publication list (if available)

      - a motivation letter

      - reference contacts

      - any other document you may think useful to be considered in your application file.

     

    More information about the position and how to apply:

    http://www.list.lu/en/jobs/job-offers/

    Click here to apply online

  • 13 May 2015 3:01 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: A Post-Doctoral Scholar

    Institution: The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois

    Location: Chicago, USA

     

    Job Description

    The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to work in the area of life cycle assessment of nano-enabled products. The ideal candidate will have experience in a research environment on areas related to nanotechnology, life cycle assessment, and material flow analysis. Ph.D. required.

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with an emergent group of scholars from several universities who are concerned with the environmental, social, and economic implications of nanotechnology and nano-enabled products. Competitive salary and benefits will be offered, along with funding to attend conferences to deliver papers and interact with fellow researchers.

    The position starts as early as August 2015. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, the names of three references, and at least one published manuscript to Professor Thomas L. Theis, Director (theist@uic.edu).

  • 11 May 2015 11:34 AM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Studentship

    Institution: University of Manchester, Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI)

    Location: Manchester, UK

    Application deadline: May 20, 2015

     

    Job description

    The University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute is offering one fully funded PhD studentship to an outstanding candidate wishing to commence their doctoral studies in September 2015.

    The Sustainable Consumption Institute aims to bring insight and clarity to a key part of the sustainability challenge: the role of consumption. It takes original insights from across the Social Sciences and subjects them to critical empirical scrutiny in order to advance fundamental understandings about processes of consumption and innovation, and to consider their implications for transitions towards more sustainable societies.

    The studentship will focus on innovations for sustainability at the interface of consumption and production practices. The precise details of the project are open to negotiation but potential topics include:

    - Contested sustainability  in  new  modes  of  energy and  food  provision

    - Shifting  roles  of consumers  and  producers  in  localized  production and  consumption  systems

    - New  governance  approaches to  improve  the  sustainability  of  production  and  consumption  systems

     

    Successful candidates will be funded by the SCI, supervised by Professor Frank Boons and hosted by Manchester Business School (MBS)

    Applicants are expected to have a strong background in social sciences, and  have  to  show  evidence  of  their  ability to combine qualitative and quantitative (such as social network analysis, sequence analysis) methodologies. The research is intended to further develop the process approach outlined by Boons, Spekkink and Jiao  (2014,  Journal  of  Industrial Ecology).

    Candidates are invited to write a research proposal for a PhD project that will contribute to understanding processes of innovation and the dynamics within production and consumption systems related to furthering sustainable development. Proposals should be c.1500 words long and include a title, the background to the project, the research design and methodology and, a bibliography.

    Studentship details -­ The studentships comprise an annual stipend of £14,210, payment of fees up to the level charged for UK/EU students (TBC but currently £3,900) and £1,000 for fieldwork and conference expenses. The studentship will be for direct entry onto the three year (+3) PhD programme. The programme will commence in September 2015. Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory performance.

    Entry Requirements -­ Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. They must also have (or expect to gain) a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) at Merit level (with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more, with no mark below 50%) or above in a relevant social science discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose Masters  degree  involves a significant element of social science research methods training, and  those  who  performed  at  distinction  level (70% or higher) or equivalent.

    How to apply -­ Applicants should email frank.boons@mbs.ac.uk a full CV together with a covering letter and research proposal. Please note that applying for the SCI PhD studentship is separate process to applying for entry to the MBS PhD programme.  Successful candidates will therefore also be required to fulfill the normal admissions procedures for MBS

    Further information – see http://www.sci.manchester.ac.uk/home or e-mail frank.boons@mbs.ac.uk

  • 10 May 2015 11:52 PM | Jaeeun Sohng (Administrator)

    Title: Research Fellow in Energy, Material and Climate Policy (UK INDEMAND)

    Institution: University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Application deadline: Tuesday 19 May 2015

     

    Job description

    Category:  Research

    Grade:  Grade 7 

    Salary:  £31,342 to £37,394 per annum 

    Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months)

    Reference:  ENVEE1044

    Fixed term for 24 months, starting 1 November 2015

     

    Job sharing arrangements can be considered

    Research: Quantitative assessment of materials and energy policy - assessing the implications of introducing EU and UK policy in the field of material and energy policy

    You will join a Research Council centre called UK INDEMAND which is a five year initiative to reduce the UK’s energy demand through changing our demand of materials and products across the whole supply chain. Within UK INDEMAND your primary role is to assess the introduction of economy wide policies to deliver energy demand reduction from both a whole systems macro perspective and within individual sectors. This is based on the idea that to reduce energy demand of the UK, we must take a broader perspective than just the energy system, considering the indirect energy implications of lifestyle choices.

    You will use a range of quantitative modelling approaches to assess both policies at the EU and UK level. These are likely to include the introduction of economy wide energy demand targets identifying how changes need to be made across the whole economy, adjustments to existing standards and policies in construction and car policy, and the introduction of mandatory warranties for consumer products. In addition, the role will involve the modelling of material flows within the EU and integrate the data introduction existing models being developed by the research team. This could involve applying a range of different methodological approaches such as material flows, input-output modelling, econometric modelling as well as qualitative approaches to assess the attitudes and behaviours of key policy stakeholders. The post will also involve close collaborations within the centre and with other EUED centres.

    You will have a problem-orientated approach to research as opposed to being devoted to the development of a specific methodology. You will have a strong desire to engage extensively with key stakeholders as well as working closely with the modellers in developing viable scenario narratives and policy options. This will result in an understanding of the levers, potential mechanisms, and feasibility of demand side tools and policies. You will have a PhD in a related area (or be close to obtaining a PhD) or equivalent relevant experience demonstrating an interdisciplinary approach to problem orientated research.

    You will be joining the research team of Professor John Barrett who has a long history in applied and policy relevant research in the field of sustainable consumption and production modelling and climate policy.

    Informal enquiries may be made to Professor John Barrett, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, email j.r.barrett@leeds.ac.uk

    To apply, click on the apply online button here:  https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=ENVEE1044

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