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Job Postings and Research Opportunities

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.
  • 29 Aug 2016 2:17 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Institution:  The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

    Location:  Annapolis, Maryland

    Deadline:  October 24, 2016

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2017. Fellows will co-develop research projects with Collaborating Mentors using synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems, but the synthesis may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. For more information, please visit here

    Pre-screening applications due October 24, 2016, but are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted as soon as possible. Full applications are due December 5, 2016.

    SESYNC also seeks Collaborating Mentors interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing socio-environmental synthesis research projects with them. The mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution, and we welcome mentors from universities, NGOs, government agencies, and other research institutions. For more information, please visit: Collaborating Mentors must submit an application by October 24, 2016 to be included in a Mentor Registry that will be shared with successfully pre-screened applicants.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so prospective Collaborating Mentors are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

  • 29 Aug 2016 1:59 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Assistant Professor of Geography: Climate Change and Society

    Institution:  University of Denver

    Location:  Denver, CO, US

    Deadline:  October 15, 2016

    The Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position with research and teaching interests in climate change and society. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute courses in support of the undergraduate geography and environmental science programs as well as graduate courses in their area of specialization. Pursuit of external funding in support of an active research program is expected. The start date is September 1, 2017. This academic unit is committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will advance this commitment through their research, teaching and/or service. Full position description available here

    To Apply:

    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Dr. Matthew Taylor at   Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

  • 29 Aug 2016 1:41 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Executive Director

    Institution:  Water Footprint Network,

    Location:  The Hague, The Netherlands

    Deadline:  September 15, 2016

    Our new Executive Director will lead a talented multi-cultural team dedicated to maximizing our impact at this critical time, when water crises are increasing in frequency and severity and water related issues are rapidly rising to the top of corporate and policy agendas. S/he will be responsible for managing day-to-­day operations of the organisation and ensuring its long-term financial sustainability.

    f you’re an enthusiastic, dynamic and amiable person with strong management skills and a solid background and network in the global water sector, we invite you to apply.

    Please spread news of this opportunity among your networks. Deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.

    Find out more and download the job description here 

  • 24 Aug 2016 1:47 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   PhD student in Environmental Accounting and Ecosystem Services

    Institution:  The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

    Location:  Belvaux, Luxembourg

    Within the framework of a recently funded H2020 project, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is currently seeking a PhD student in Environmental Accounting and Ecosystem Services. The scope of the PhD is on the development of an impact assessment scale to evaluate and compare the benefits, co-benefits and costs associated with nature-based solutions in cities. 

    The position is posted here 

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:28 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: Sustainability & Assurance Systems Manager 

    Institution:  Kerry

    Location:  Beloit, WI, US

    Supports key components of Kerry’s Global Sustainability initiatives by developing best in class waste, water, and carbon minimization processes and manages internal and external HSE assurance processes throughout Kerry Americas Region. Will liaise with Corporate Purchasing on sustainable sourcing strategies and develop appropriate strategies for life cycle analysis / carbon foot printing of customer specific products or supply chains.

    Complete job details here

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:14 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Strategic Initiatives Coordinator (Sustainability Coordinator)

    Institution: Johns Hopkins University

    Location:  Baltimore, MD

    Will lead the Office of Sustainability’s Smart Labs Initiative, working to identify opportunities, advocate solutions, and implement changes that advance campus sustainability. Will oversee the inventorying of laboratory equipment and evaluate procurement of supplies and reagents. Will research opportunities and generate proposals for programs and equipment that can reduce energy consumption, and provide recommendations to various departments including Facilities across all campuses and Procurement.

    Complete job description and link to apply here

  • 22 Aug 2016 3:08 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  LEED Associate, Operations and committees

    Institution:  U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

    Location:  Dist. Columbia, US

    The U.S. Green Building Council has two openings for a LEED Associate, Operations and Committees position. He/she will support the basic operational functions of the LEED department and serve as a liaison between USGBC staff and the 100+ volunteers who serve on the committees and the LEED International Roundtable of organizations that support development of LEED.

    Find USGBC jobs here


  • 18 Aug 2016 1:05 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Energy

    Institution:  Bentley University,

    Location:  Waltham, MA, USA

    Deadline:  Until filled

    Bentley University’s Natural and Applied Sciences Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broadly defined field of energy, with research and teaching interests that could include energy technologies and innovation, smart-grid technology, energy storage technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy systems management, availability and distribution of energy resources, energy analytics, energy transformations in Earth systems, or energy resources in the context of business, public policy, and global climate change.
    The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant STEM field, including physics, engineering, Earth sciences, chemistry, physical geography, environmental science, or related discipline. She/He must be an outstanding teacher who can engage undergraduate students, most of whom are business majors, and perform innovative research in his/her fields of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in energy science, including foundations in physics and electives that support the sustainability and health curricula within the department. In addition, the candidate will be expected to mentor students in Bentley’s Sustainability Science B.A. program and Earth Environment & Global Sustainability Liberal Studies Major. We encourage collaborative research that complements the Department’s focus in sustainability and health, as well as Bentley’s business perspective and strengths in data analytics, information technologies, actuarial and mathematical sciences, ethics, and international programs. Individuals with industry or government science experience are encouraged to apply.

    Click here to see the complete posting.

  • 18 Aug 2016 12:45 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  PhD position

    Institution:  SDU Life Cycle Engineering,  University of Southern Denmark,

    Location:  Odense, Denmark


    SDU Life Cycle Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in urban metabolism and urban sustainability. We expect the position to be filled from November 1st, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    SDU Life Cycle Engineering is a self-governed Centre within the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark. The Centre is acknowledged for unique research in system analysis and systems integration, applying a holistic understanding and global view on the sustainable development, optimization and integration of key sectors such as agriculture, energy, industry and waste management under present and future framework conditions. The theory and methods of Life Cycle Assessment, Energy System Analysis, and Material Flow Analysis as well as economic and socio-economic assessment lie at the core of our research.

    Our research field was established at SDU in 2007. Since then, we have been steadily growing, and by 2016 we have achieved status as self-governed Centre, counting 15 researchers from 8 countries and about to expand again by opening 7-9 positions. We are predominantly externally funded and engaged in a large number of strategic research projects funded by a variety of sources from EU projects, national strategic research projects, sector research projects (e.g. the Danish EPA and Energy Agency) to private company projects and NGO projects. In our research, we collaborate with leading universities, centres and companies in Denmark, EU, USA, and Asia with project partners counting around 200 industrial partners, 100 university partners, and 40 authority and NGO partners since the establishment of our research group in 2007.

    Our education & teaching portfolio covers a broad range of technology and science courses related to these research areas. We are running our university’s Master program in Environmental Engineering and are strongly involved in both the Bachelor and Master programs on Energy Technology and on Integrated Design and Sustainable Product Development.

    The PhD position is a core part of the project “The weight of cities and dematerialization and decarbonization implications (CityWeight)” recently funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.

    Cities present both the problems and solutions to sustainability challenges. Urbanization is largely a process of the development of urban built environment stocks, which facilitate access to human needs and consequently lead to environmental impacts throughout the entire life cycle (built-up, operation, retrofitting, and waste management phases). Urban metabolism research has hitherto been focusing on characterizing urban flows; however, urban stocks and their implications on the trade-offs and synergies between direct and indirect environmental impacts mitigation remain poorly understood. In this project, we propose to develop a method to characterize the physical weight, material composition, spatial distribution, and historical dynamics of built environment stocks for case Danish cities (e.g., Odense). The results will help inform sustainable waste management, urban planning, dematerialization, and decarbonization strategies.

    The PhD fellow is expected to:

    Successfully complete a study programme corresponding to 30 ECTS

    Participate in teaching and dissemination activities corresponding to approx. one semester of full time employment

    Carry out an external research stay

    Complete a PhD thesis including scientific peer-reviewed articles

    Defend his PhD work in a public PhD defence

    Qualifications and skills

    The successful candidate should have a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Geography, or closely related disciplines. Knowledge and/or experience with Material Flow Analysis and/or Geographical Information System (GIS) are preferable. Experience in modelling and/or quantitative analysis is an advantage.

    The applicant should have good communication skills. He or She must either have English as her/his native language, or alternatively be able to demonstrate an English language the level demanded by the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering (minimum scores: IELTS 6.5 points; Paper-based TOEFL 575 points; Computer based TOEFL 230, Internet-based TOEFL 88 points).

    The ideal candidate should be ambitious, well-motivated, and hardworking. He or She should be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary and international academic environment, and should be able to work both independently and in a team. At SDU Life Cycle Engineering we are front runners in the main part of our research areas, and accordingly, the candidate is expected to have ability of being creative, and to be able to work under challenged conditions where the road ahead is not clear, and on the borderline of our knowledge.

    Further information is available from Associate Professor Gang Liu at phone: +45 6550 9441, email:

    Please find more details and submit your application here

  • 16 Aug 2016 3:39 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Officer - Sustainable Economy and Procurement

    Institution:  ICLEI

    Location:  Freiburg, Germany

    Deadline:  August 31, 2016

    Click here for job details.

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