Title: PhD position in advancing characterization of climate change impacts in LCA
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Deadline: January 22, 2017
The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has opened a PhD position in advancing characterization of climate change impacts in LCA. IndEcol is a well-established interdisciplinary group in the field of LCA and environmental sustainability analysis, with scientists contributing to WGIII of the 5th IPCC assessment report, active participation to the UNEP/SETAC Life-Cycle Initiative, and publications featured in high-ranked journals.
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodology frequently used to attribute climate change impacts to specific human activities like commodities, technological systems, or sectors. Decision and policy makers widely rely on the outcomes from comparative LCA to promote mitigation options, and to design strategies for sustainable production and consumption at a public or corporate level. Despite recent progresses, existing climate impact models used in LCA have limitations and possibilities to be further improved. There are challenges to account for the temporal and spatial heterogeneities of the climate system response to different forcing agents, and the implications for applying characterization factors alternative to GWP are still to be explored in detail. In particular, future research is needed to better include in the LCA framework climate impacts from bio-resource extraction and use, especially those following land use or land cover changes (e.g., surface albedo and GHG fluxes).
We seek a candidate that is strongly motivated to address the interactions between climate forcing agents and individual climate system responses, with a particular focus on the land-climate nexus. The candidate will perform both methodological and applied research, and will have the opportunity to attend a PhD program with access to the most up-to-date approaches in LCA and to interact with the major global LCA experts. Tasks will include data processing and compilation, modelling, quantification of impacts, analysis and validation of model results, presentation of results at international conferences, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we deem interest and ability to explore new fields and sub-fields important.
The successful candidate should hold a relevant master degree in engineering, environmental science, climate science, meteorology, geo-informatics, applied physics and mathematics. Good programming skills in one or several languages (e.g., Python, Matlab, C), in addition to good understanding of fundamentals in mathematics and physics, are expected. Previous experience with LCA and/or climate change impact modelling is an advantage. Strong analytical capabilities are expected, as well as documented capacity to report and present research outcomes. The candidate must be a good team player while also being able to work independently. To be qualified for admission to the PhD program at NTNU, the candidate must demonstrate a B average or better (on the European Credit Transfer System -ECTS- grading scale) at the MSc level. The applicant must be excellent in English both written and orally. Trondheim is the place of duty. The position is of 4 years duration, of which 25% teaching duties.
Conditions of appointment:
PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 430 200 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.
Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.
Further information may be obtained from Professor Francesco Cherubini, phone + 47 73 59 89 42, email: email@example.com. Please be aware that applications are not be sent to this email address.
See http://www.ntnu.edu/ivt/phd for more information.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.
According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.no. Mark the application with IVT-132/16.
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