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  • 27 Feb 2017 6:00 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Several Postdoctoral Positions

    Institution: Universities of Leiden, Delft, and Rotterdam

    The universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam have won a major EU grant for a regional Marie Curie Fellowship scheme. In 3 rounds, a total of 90 two-year postdoc positions will be funded. The call is open for all subject matters but we expect a few postdocs can be hired on sustainability topics. This can be a nice opportunity for recently graduated PhDs, or PhDs close to graduation. 

    Conditions and application process:

    • Applicants must graduate before the relevant recruitment date (1 October 2017, 1 July 2018, 1 April 2019). The PhD date can be a maximum of 60 months before the recruitment date.
    • Applicants must not have lived over 12 months in the Netherlands in the last 3 years (MC is a mobility program).
    • Proposals are possible on virtually all subjects covered by the three universities as long as a candidate is endorsed by an institute of one of the universities. A support/commitment letter of a hosting group within one of the universities is mandatory.
    • The proposal consists of a post-doc research plan (<3 pages),  training plan (<3 pages), summary (1 page), motivation letter (1 page) and a CV (<4 pages). Writing is usually supported by the hosting group.
    • Like regular applications for EU Marie Curie fellowships, proposals will be judged by independent external experts, not the hosting institute. Criteria are the quality of the proposal (35%), quality of the individual training plan (35%) and quality of the applicant’s track record (30%).
    • Application deadlines are 31 March 2017, 31 December 2017, 30 October 2018 with as related intended recruitment dates 1 October 2017, 1 July 2018, 1 April 2019. 

    CML is happy to support good candidates in the field of Industrial Ecology and Biodiversity/ecology/toxicity research. CML is further leading the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability set up by these universities. With CfS focusing on the transition to a circular economy, candidates interested in subjects like sustainable business models, sustainable design, and governance and transition management for circularity can be supported by other CfS groups.

    Relevant links

    Information on Leading Fellows:

  • 27 Feb 2017 5:57 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position on Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

    Institution: University of Minnesota  

    Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Deadline: Open until filled, review will begin March 20, 2017

    There is an important need to develop data-driven solutions for addressing complex problems facing agriculture.  With its central motivation to improve agricultural efficiency and contribute to this need, Minnesota’s AGREETT (Agricultural Research Education, Extension and Technology Transfer) initiative is making significant investments in agricultural research, education, and Extension to work in key areas of agricultural production taking advantage of the technological changes that are transforming agriculture and complementing the University’s MnDRIVE (MN Driven Innovation Economy) initiative investments.  

    The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota seeks candidates for a 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position in the broader area of measurement science and agro-bioinformatics with research and teaching (50%/50%) responsibilities.

    The goal of the measurement science and agro-bioinformatics position is to improve efficiency in agricultural systems by developing new ways to collect, interpret, and analyze agricultural  data at various scales, and help create management solutions to improve decision making.  Areas of research may include quantifying the interactions between agricultural systems and the biotic, abiotic and/or physical factors affecting agricultural efficiency. The faculty member will be expected to advance the design and implementation of highly efficient agricultural systems that have minimal adverse impacts on the environment.  The scope may cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, from sensing networks and measurement technologies, to data collection, database development, data analysis, and data integration and dissemination technologies/platforms.

    The University of Minnesota’s robust research, teaching, and Extension programs have a long history of developing and delivering cutting edge research and education to farmers and other stakeholders. The person in this faculty position will address a critical need in the broad area of measurement science and agro-bioinformatics. Responsibilities include working with both the public and private sectors to develop new technologies and guidelines for improving efficiency while reducing negative environmental impacts. This faculty member will help Minnesota maintain its strong leadership position in sustainable agricultural.

    The person in this position is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program, seek and secure extramural research funding from state and national competitive grant programs, and develop an independent research program of basic and applied research. The person is expected to build collaborations across disciplines, and closely interact with other departments within CFANS and across the University including the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII). The University of Minnesota offers opportunities to work with engineers, agricultural scientists, and other faculty on campus and a network of Research and Outreach Centers across the state.

    Teaching responsibilities for this position are envisioned to include undergraduate and graduate level courses offered by the department and related to the successful candidate’s discipline and background, which may include advanced precision agriculture, big data analytics in agriculture, agro-bioinformatics, or sustainable systems. Other faculty responsibilities include advising graduate students and service commitments to the department, college, University, and the profession.

    Qualifications

    Required: PhD in biological systems engineering, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related agricultural, environmental, or computational field. Basic and applied research experience in biological/agricultural systems that are important in Minnesota. Demonstrated record of publication within discipline.

    Preferred: Preference will be given to candidates with: a strong peer reviewed publication record and experience in measurement science and informatics applications; evidence of abilities to work collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects; evidence of potential to develop and manage interdisciplinary research programs at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of effective teaching with diverse audiences and excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience in obtaining external funding; interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

    Salary and Benefits  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The University’s outstanding fringe benefits package includes participation in the University’s faculty retirement program; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical, semester, and parental leave opportunities. Detailed benefits information is available at:  http://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits

    Application Instructions

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter referencing the Measurement Science and Agro-Bioinformatics faculty position; detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research (2 pages); statement of teaching (1 page); copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts; a brief statement describing interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (1 page); and a list of three references including contact information to the online application system described below. Letters from three references should be sent to bbe1390@umn.edu. To guarantee full consideration, all application materials, including reference letters, must be received by March 20, 2017. Review of applications will begin March 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The position will be available in Fall 2017.

    Please apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System: https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs . Enter Job ID 315687.

    Please visit the following links to learn more about the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, www.bbe.umn.edu; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, www.cfans.umn.edu; the AGREETT program; www.cfans.umn.edu/agreett; University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII)  http://www.research.umn.edu/umii/; and University of Minnesota Extension, www.extension.umn.edu.  

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

  • 26 Feb 2017 5:29 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Positions in Sustainability Engineering

    Institution: NC State University

    Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

    Research areas:
    The United States is actively pursuing a transition from fossil fuel-based economy to a bio-based economy that sustainably utilizes renewable biomass resources for producing energy, intermediate and final product. The development of bioeconomy is one of research focuses in the Forest Biomaterials Department at North Carolina State University. Prof. Yuan Yao is looking for Ph.D. students to take a lead role in developing state-of-the-art analysis tools for quantifying environmental impacts of bioenergy and biomaterials, optimizing existing and future industrial systems, and identifying feasible pathways to a more sustainable future.

    Qualifications:
    Ph.D. students will receive financial support that includes stipends, tuition and health benefits as Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). The successful applicants should have relevant backgrounds in Chemical Engineering or other related engineering fields. Applicants should hold a BS or Master’s degree or graduate in the very near future – date of graduation must be enclosed in the application. Good speaking and written English is required (TOEFL > 90 is preferred for international applicants). GRE is required for all applicants.

    Previous experience and/or documented knowledge in one or more of the following areas are highly recommended to apply:

    ·       Process optimization and mathematical programming (e.g., Matlab, R, Python, GAMS)

    ·       Chemical process modeling and simulation (e.g., AspenPlus or similar software)

    ·       Life Cycle Assessment methodologies and ecosystems services assessment

    Contacts: 
    Dr. Yuan Yao,
    Yuan_Yao@ncsu.edu

    https://cnr.ncsu.edu/directory/yuan-yao/
    More info about application procedures:

    https://www.ncsu.edu/grad/programs/how-to-apply/

  • 26 Feb 2017 5:27 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science

    Institution: NC State University

    Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

    A highly-qualified PhD student is sought for a position in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science within the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. The successful applicant will focus on applied questions that address sustainability across the natural and built environments, preference will be given to applications with STEM backgrounds (including social science) and interested in aspects of water resources. The successful applicant will work across natural and social sciences, collaborating with Dr. Yuan Yao (Forest Biomaterial), Dr. Kathryn Stevenson (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management), and Dr. Katie Martin (Forestry and Environmental Resources). The position includes three years of tuition support, an annual stipend of $25,000, and benefits. The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics and the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center, among others. Candidates should have an MS and experience in interdisciplinary research in natural resources. To apply, please send CV, GRE scores, transcripts (unofficial) and one statement that includes interest, career goals, and dissertation topic ideas to:

    Dr. Katie Martin, katie_martin@ncsu.edu

    Dr. Kathryn Stevenson, kathryn_stevenson@ncsu.edu

    Dr. Yuan Yao, Yuan_Yao@ncsu.edu

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. NC State is a top-tier research university located in Raleigh, NC which is the anchor of the Research Triangle region, consistently recognized for high quality of life.


  • 19 Feb 2017 3:24 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position on Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

    Institution: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 20, 2017

    We are offering a 100% PhD researcher position on sustainability assessment of urban systems at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, atthe Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The research focus of HERUS is on transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. HERUS is an interdisciplinary team, consisting of social scientists and natural scientists. We combine social science methods with material and energy flow models, using ABM or SD and where appropriate machine learning techniques. A key aspect of our work relates to developing assessment methods for urban systems combining systemic and normative aspects. The research of the PhD student wiIl focus on further developing these sustainability assessment methods. Thereby, the PhD student will combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to elicit and assess the sustainability of urban systems. Depending on the background a specialization in topics such as sustainable health, energy, or wellbeing is possible.

    The PhD position will span maximal 4 years. Working language is English.

    Your job

    • Full responsibility for your own research under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder and Dr. Stefanie Krauth, or

    other postdocs, depending on needs

    • Support to build-up the area of sustainability assessment of urban systems
    • Research in collaboration with the research team and potential city partners
    • Teaching (20%)

    We expect

    • An excellent MSC degree, preferably in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Natural

    Sciences, or other related fields

    • Knowledge of, and high interest in, interdisciplinary approaches and interest to employ methods from different fields such as social science and natural sciences
    • High interest in sustainability issues and the assessment thereof
    • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, social skiNs, good communication, independence, and a high level of motivation for academic research motivated by relevant practical problems
    • French knowledge is an asset

    We offer

    • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modem equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the world’s best scientists
    • Full financial support for four years including conference visits

    • The position is open as of May 2017 or upon agreement

    Please send your application including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and two references until March 20th 2017 in one PDF to: caroIine.buehletepfI.ch

    For questions please contact the head of the laboratory: claudia.binder@epfl.ch

  • 19 Feb 2017 3:16 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doctoral/Senior Scientist Modelling Position

    Institution: Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

    Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

    Deadline: March 20, 2017

    We are offering a Post-doctoral /senior scientist position on modelling transitions of urban systems at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    The research focus of HERUS is on transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. HERUS is an interdisciplinary team consisting of social scientists and natural scientists. We combine social science methods with material and energy flow models, using ABM or SD and, where appropriate, machine learning techniques. The research of the post-doctoral fellow will focus on developing integrative models and scenarios for transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. The fellow will also contribute to building an ontology for characterizing urban systems as Social-Ecological Technological Systems (SETS), which provides the basis for the modelling endeavours and group collaboration.

    For reference of past work please visit: http://herus.epfl.ch/ 

    The post-doctoral / senior scientist position will span maximal 6 years.

    Working language is English.

    Your job

    • Full responsibility for your own research
    • Research in collaboration with the research team and potential city partners
    • Co-supervision of PhD and MSC student projects and basic administrative support
    • Support to the HERUS Laboratory in ontology and model development
    • Teaching (20%)

    We expect

    • An excellent PhD degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Environmental

    Engineering, or Natural Sciences

    • A strong modelling background and ability to bridge between social and environmental sciences
    • Experience in interdisciplinary research and related skills
    • Experience in transitions research and high interest in understanding and modelling transition processes in urban systems
    • Proficiency in English, strong team spirit, proven social skills, good communication skills, independence and a high level of motivation for academic research work motivated by relevant practical problems
    • French knowledge is an asset

    We offer

    • Excellent working conditions: an innovative and competitive atmosphere, modem equipped working areas and an environment that promotes access to the worlds best scientists
    • Full financial support including conference visits
    • The position is open as ofMay 2017 or upon agreement

    Please send your application including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and  two references until March 20th 2017 in one PDF to: catoline.buehletepfl.ch 

    For questions please contact the head of the laboratory: claudia.binder@epfl.ch

    http://herus.epfl.ch/
  • 19 Feb 2017 3:09 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Researcher - "Conceptualizing Global Supply Chains in a Circular Economy

    Institution: Circulus

    Location: Freiburg, Germany

    The newly established research group invites applications of suitable candidates for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher.

    The group aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the emergence and potential pathways of a circular economy in Europe and beyond. To achieve integrated insights into political, economic, and societal change processes, the group combines perspectives from political science, sociology, economics, and engineering/industrial ecology. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and located in an exciting, international network of scholars from diverse disciplines.

    About the job

    The Postdoctoral Researcher’s primary task is to advance our understanding of transformation processes in global supply chains of forest and agriculture-based products related to a circular economy. In particular, the Postdoctoral Researcher will analyze opportunities and constraints to the re-organization of supply chains for a circular economy. She/he will further assess synergies and trade-offs between different sustainability objectives (economic, environmental, and social) along existing and potential future chains. This task will involve case study research and quantitative assessments of industry sectors (e.g. on supply chains developing around food waste or paper board). The results will be aligned with political science knowledge on supply chain regulation for a circular economy (generated by other group members). In the latter task, the Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to cooperate closely with the head of the research group. 

    Within this project, the Postdoctoral Researcher will be given considerable freedom to develop her/his own research program and qualify for an advanced academic career. The post includes the opportunity to participate in the supervision of BSc/MSc/PhD theses and teaching at the Faculty. Pursuing a further qualification (Habilitation) is supported but no requirement.

    Qualifications, competencies & experience

    • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in environmental science, economics, or related disciplines;
    • Doctoral Degree in the field of ecological economics, industrial ecology or a related field with a strong focus on sustainable supply chains;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and good working knowledge of German;
    • Knowledge of issues and processes related to natural resources, environmental management and sustainability;
    • Knowledge of ecological-economic modeling, ecological footprint accounting, life-cycle assessment;
    • A strong interest in interdisciplinary work, especially with the social/political sciences;
    • Demonstrated experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings at international scientific conferences;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to adapt to an international work environment;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to cooperate closely with the group;
    • Ability to engage with researchers and stakeholders from a range of backgrounds.

    We offer

    The position presents the chance to be part of an interdisciplinary group committed to cutting-edge research in sustainability science. Your position includes participation in national and international scientific conferences and the possibility to acquire further training related to your professional development (https://www.frs.uni-freiburg.de/kurse_postdocs-en/index-en?set_language=en) or teaching and learning (https://www.hochschuldidaktik.uni-freiburg.de). You will be located in an interdisciplinary faculty (focusing on environmental and social science) with renowned staff, excellent research networks and an international, multi-disciplinary student body in the heart of the Black Forest.

    The University of Freiburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its employees and increasing the proportion of female scientists. Consequently, we actively encourage applications from qualified women. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities who will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.

    Full time, to be filled for a 2-year term with the option of a 2-year extension (funding secured). Starting as soon as possible. Annual salary ~51-56,500 EUR, depending on qualification & experience, including social security & pension plan.

    To apply

    Please send a cover and motivation letter (in English, 2 pages max.), a CV, an example of your scientific writing, copies of relevant school and university certificates and transcripts, and contact details of at least two references. Please submit all materials through mail or e-mail in one PDF file named with your surname (e.g. Smith.pdf) to sina.leipold@ifp.uni-freiburg.de

    Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

    For questions about the job, please contact Dr. Sina Leipold (sina.leipold@ifp.uni-freiburg.de). 

    For more information about the research group, visit www.circulus-project.de

  • 06 Feb 2017 9:36 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality Management

    Institution: Johannes Kepler University (JKU)

    Location: Linz, Austria

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    The Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria – www.jku.at/iqd – conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching at the interface of Sustainability, Innovation and Quality Management for developing knowledge for the management of (closed) product life cycles – using concepts such as Sustainability-Oriented Innovation, Circular/Cradle to Cradle Design, Product-Service Systems, Business Models und Management Systems. IQD has recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Circular Economy initiative.

    Your tasks:

    - Mentoring of the institute’s PhD students and related research projects

    - Developing and managing an own research project

    - Publishing in high quality scientific journals

    - Teaching responsibility (ca. 4 ECTS/semester)

    - Contributing to the flourishing of an ambitious young institute

     Your profile:

    - PhD/Doctorate degree (or close to graduation) in a relevant management field

    - German language capability (CEFR B2) next to very good English skills

    - Experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals

    - Enthusiasm for research, high performance and team spirit

     We offer:

    - Strong team of senior and junior researchers embedded in international research networks

    - Excellent research infrastructure, resource availability and training opportunities

    - Close ties with practice/industry

    - Attractive location (1,5h from Vienna, Linz is beautifully situated in the Danube river basin)

    - Gross salary of € 3.626/month (14 months p.a.; equals € 50.764/year)

     Further information may be obtained from Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen (erik.hansen@jku.at).

     Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, certificates) online before 15 March 2017:

    http://jku.at/bewerbung (job reference no. 3279).

  • 30 Jan 2017 10:20 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Position – Life Cycle Oriented Sustainability Analysis Of Emerging Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

    Institution: The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 

    Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

    Deadline: February 2017

    The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), in cooperation with ITAS, offers a Post-Doctoral Position in Karlsruhe. The planed work comprises both, a close cooperation with energy storage technology developers, and independent system analytical research. New materials, new technologies for electrochemical energy storage systems have to be assessed in a prospective manner from an economic, ecological perspective to identify promising technology development routes or technology options respectively. Furthermore it is necessary to provide orientation knowledge (e.g. regulations, markets, toxicity, resource availability, application fields, social aspects) for energy storage developers to minimize innovation risks and increase market success.

    Your profile: You have completed your studies of engineering/industrial-engineering, natural or environmental science (Diploma, Master) and a dissertation on systems analysis and/or technology assessment of new technologies (preferentially nano technologies, energy technologies, recycling technologies). Knowledge in energy and material flow modeling, economic and ecological assessment (LCA, LCC (S-LCA)) and multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is required. Experience with LCA software (e.g. Umberto, OpenLCA), toxicity evaluation (USEtox) and basic knowledge of the German language is a further asset.
    Very good English language skills, experience in publishing scientific results, and in the application of interdisciplinary research projects complete your profile.

    Salary: Salary group 13 of the wage agreement of the German public service http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info (fulfilling all requirements)

    Contract duration: two years (renewal of the contract is planed)

    Commencement of employment: as soon as possible

    Contact person for questions: Dr.-Ing. Marcel Weil, phone: 0049 (0)721 608-26718, marcel.weil@kit.edu, http://www.itas.kit.edu/english/staff_weil_marcel.php

    Official job offer (in German):

    Please send your application indicating the job advertisement number 18/2017 to:

    Herrn Dolzinski, PSE (Personnel division), Campus North,

    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1,

    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

    patrick.dolzinski@kit.edu


  • 30 Jan 2017 10:12 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doc Position on Spatial Optimization and LCA

    Institution: ULB - Institute for Environmental Management and Land Use Planning

    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    We offer

    In the framework of the FNRS MIS project “Life Cycle sustainability Optimisation for Regional land use Planning” we offer a 2 year full time post-doc position focussing on spatial optimization and life cycle assessment (starting before July 1st 2017).

    The major and long term aim of this FNRS MIS project is to make the analytical power of life cycle thinking available in regional land use planning. The main reasoning for this aim is that when deciding on how to use agricultural and forestry territory, it would be very relevant to take into account the total life cycle sustainability performance of the products and services produced on the territory. And to optimize these performances on the territorial level. This will become very relevant in the context of a transition to a low-carbon society, the circular economy and the bio-based economy in which the agricultural and forestry territory will play an important role. Next to its continued role to produce food, feed and fibre, the agricultural fields and forests are expected to provide us biomass for energy, and increasingly for bio-based products (e.g. bioplastics, fine chemicals) in order to reduce GHG emissions, while safeguarding the regulating, supporting, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services. How could we sustainably manage and plan these transitions and land use changes on a territorial level to satisfy demands and CO2 reduction targets while minimizing other sustainability impacts? Choices could cause displacement of impacts to other locations, to other stages in production chains or to other types of impacts (cfr. food-vs-fuel debate). A life cycle perspective of the products produced on the territory (through “territorial LCA”) would allow to take such effects into account in the decision making (on this aspect there is a parallel vacancy for a PhD scholarship in the same project). By, additionally, linking this with multi-objective optimization on territorial level, we could support decision making with already optimized land use scenarios, instead of performing iterative scenario building and evaluation steps.

    In the context of this project, and in the context of the Belgian low-carbon society pathways, the post-doc will develop a spatial multi-objective optimization model which optimizes land allocation and biomass use to minimize environmental impacts on a territorial level. This optimization will be fed by territorial life cycle assessment results of the current Walloon meat-production-related agricultural territory as a baseline and of several alternative biomass-for-energy land uses (by the PhD candidate of parallel vacancy) and analyses based on geographic information systems (GIS). As such the post-doc is expected to build a meta-model where GIS, LCA and optimization are linked.

    The post-doc will be part of the research team of Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT). Parts of the project will also be executed in collaboration with CIRAIG and GERAD, UQAM Montréal, Canada.

    We look for

    The ideal candidate

    - holds a PhD (after defence) in Bio-science engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or any other project relevant domain and which was obtained since max 5 years before july 1st 2017.

    - has solid knowledge and experience with spatial optimization tools and models, and with geographical information systems.

    - has knowledge on, or experience with life cycle assessment (LCA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), and strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

    - has knowledge, on land-based/biological production systems in general (e.g. agriculture, forestry, biomass production, etc.), and more specifically on biomass-for-energy systems.

    Further, the candidate has strong analytical skills, has a quantitative reflex, can approach complex issues in a systematic way and has the capacity to work autonomously towards objectives and deadlines. The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English, and have good communication (written and oral) skills and be able to work in group and guide junior researchers. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite.

    The post-doctoral researcher is further expected to be prepared to contribute to the further development and daily activities of the research group (e.g. contribute to building related project proposals, follow up of project related master thesis and doctoral thesis students, participating in seminars, etc.).

    Apply

    For further information on the position or the research project you may contact Wouter Achten (wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be; +32 2 650 43 22). To apply, you should send

    - a motivation/cover letter stating your motivation, and past experiences with which you can contribute to the project

    - an extensive scientific curriculum vitae (including list of publications, presentations, acquired funding, …) and contact details of 3 references

    - a full text digital copy of your best scientific output so far.

    to wouter.achten@ulb.ac.be no later than March 15th, 2017. Job interviews will be planned on the 24th of March. The starting date should be before July 1st, 2017

    Original job posting for more details

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