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  • 30 Jan 2017 10:04 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Position in Territorial LCA

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

    Location: Brussels, Belgium

    Deadline: March 15, 2017

    In the framework of the FNRS MIS project “Life Cycle sustainability Optimisation for Regional land use Planning” we offer a 2 year full time PhD scholarship focussing on territorial LCA (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. By, additionally, linking this with multi-objective optimization on territorial level (for which there is a parallel vacancy for a postdoctoral research position in the same project), 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 PhD candidate will develop a territorial LCA of the Walloon meat-production-related agricultural territory, including impact on ecosystem services, as a baseline and of several alternative biomass-for-energy land uses for future optimized scenario development, fed by data from literature, questionnaires, geographical information systems (GIS), LCI databases... This project also includes further methodological development of the territorial LCA.

    The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Wouter Achten (ULB - IGEAT) and will be further supported by the postdoctoral researcher of the project team (parallel vacancy). Parts of the project will also be executed in collaboration with CIRAIG, Montréal, Canada for which scientific missions are foreseen.

    The ideal candidate:

    - holds a Master (120 credits) in Bio-science engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or any other project relevant domain and which was obtained since max 3 years before july 1st 2017 (study results should be part of the application dossier)

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

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

    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. Active knowledge of French is considered an added value, but not a prerequisite.

    The candidate is prepared to apply for additional PhD funding instruments to extend his/her PhD track up to 4 years. Further, the PhD researcher is expected to contribute to the daily activities of the research groups (e.g. follow up of project related master theses, 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 curriculum vitae (including annual study results, and any scientific output, e.g. thesis, presentation, papers, chapters)

    - a full text digital copy of your best scientific output so far (paper written for a course, master thesis, presentation, …).

    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

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:25 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Scientific Project Officer in the field of bio-based waste assessment and valorisation

    Institution: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

    Location: Ispra, Italy

    Deadline: 1/23/17

    The vacancy is within the Bio-Economy Unit, (located in Ispra, Italy), which provides scientific support to EU policies related to the bio-economy such as the sustainable production as well as the use of biological resources and the conversion to value added products, such as food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based products, including the evaluation of supply chains trough approaches such as life cycle assessments. We are looking for a researcher with working experience on waste accounting and management, industrial ecology, and experienced in the application of life cycle based methodologies to bio-based waste. The researcher should be ready to work in the wider perspective of the bio-economy, seeking to link and integrate with different sectors such as e.g. agriculture, forestry, bioenergy, biobased industries, including with their non-bio-based competing sectors. The candidate should have a committed, well-organized and dynamic personality, open to explore new fields and actively interact with different disciplines. He/she will carry out technical work focused on the development and analysis of waste generation and prevention, industrial ecology, assessment of burdens and benefits of scenarios of improved resource recovery (e.g. material and energy recovery).

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in environmental engineering, environmental sciences or related field with emphasis on industrial ecology, waste assessment and management, life cycle assessment (or a University degree and 5 years of experience after the university degree). Excellent writing and presentation skills, with good knowledge (B2) of spoken and written English are required. Relevant publications and presentations are seen as essential and should be highlighted. Assets will be considered experience in the management of projects, experience in working with waste statistics, excellent analytical and computer skills, modelling experience and hands on experience with LCA software.

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

    Job Reference Code: 2016-IPR-D1-FGIV-7945

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:17 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Scientific Officer in the field of life cycle indicators for appliances

    Institution: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

    Location: Ispra, Italy

    Deadline: 2/13/17

    The vacancy is within the Bio-Economy Unit, (located in Ispra, Italy), which provides scientific support to EU policies related to the bio-economy such as the sustainable production as well as the use of biological resources and the conversion to value added products, such as food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based products, including the evaluation of supply chains trough approaches such as life cycle assessments. We are looking for a researcher with working experience on modelling electric and electronic appliances and devices, industrial ecology, and experienced in the application of life cycle based methodologies to different technologies. The researcher should be ready to work in the wider perspective of the green economy developing scenarios at technological and consumer behavior levels. The candidate should have a committed, well-organized and dynamic personality, open to explore new fields and actively interact with different disciplines. He/she will carry out technical work focused on the development of life cycle assessment of appliances and electric and electronic devices for household use. 

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in mechanical, electronic or environmental engineering, or related field with emphasis on life cycle modelling, energy and resource efficiency, waste assessment and management, life cycle assessment (or a University degree and 5 years of experience after the university degree). Excellent writing and presentation skills, with good knowledge of spoken and written English (B2) are required. Relevant publications and presentations are seen as essential and should be highlighted. Assets will be considered experience in the management of projects, experience in working with product statistics, excellent analytical and computer skills, modelling experience and hands on experience with LCA software.

    Please visit the original job posting for more information

    Job Reference Code: 2017-IPR-D1-FGIV-8126 

  • 17 Jan 2017 7:02 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Position in Energy and Process Engineering/Industrial Ecology

    Institution: Norwegian University of Science & Technology

    Location: Trondheim, Norway

    Deadline: February 10, 2017

    The Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applicants for post.doc position on bioeconomy, land footprint and MRIO modelling.

    The bioeconomy plays a key role in scenarios for limiting global warming to 1.5oC, relying on biomass to increasingly complement and replace fossil fuels as a source of energy and materials.  However, the potential economy-wide effects of such a transformation on the global energy and production systems are not well understood.  
    We are seeking a candidate to work on the fundamental groundwork needed for comprehensive scenario analyses, by capitalizing on the combined competence on global multiregional input-output analysis, bioenergy and land use research at NTNU Industrial Ecology.

    We seek a person that is strongly motivated to work on the land-energy-food-climate nexus. The candidate is expected to further develop state of the art multi regional input-output output models with respect to their representation of agricultural and forestry activities.  Tasks will include data processing and compilation, as well as applied analysis to quantify of land use impacts.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we deem interest and ability to explore new fields and sub-fields important.  Presentation of results nationally and internationally, publishing in peer-reviewed journals is also expected.  The planned research activities are of high importance and relevance going forward, in light of the IPCC’s recent decision to prepare a 
    special report  on “climate change, desertification, and degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”.

    The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Industrial Ecology or similar field and must have experience with the development and application of multiregional input-output models for environmental footprinting.  Experience from programming in one or several languages (e.g., Python, Matlab) is required.  Strong analytical capabilities are expected, as well as documented capacity to present research outcomes in peer-reviewed international journals.  The candidate should also have experience from popular science dissemination of research activities.  The candidate must be a good team player while also being able to work independently and bring the research at IndEcol in the field forward.  The applicant must be excellent in English both written and orally.

    The position is of 2 years duration.  
    Trondheim is the place of duty.

    Further information can be obtained from Professor Anders Hammer Strømman (
    anders.h.stomman@ntnu.no) or Professor Richard Wood (richard.wood@ntnu.no ). Please observe that applications sent to these email addresses will not be accepted.

    Terms of employment

    The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

    Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, with a minimum of gross 
    NOK 485 700 per annum (before tax). There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

    The application

    Applicants must sketch how he or she would like to address the current research task. The application including a CV, the project sketch, grade transcripts (courses with grades) from the undergraduate as well as graduate studies, two recommendation letters, certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, and other enclosures should be sent electronically via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.no.

    Mark the application with IV-43/17.

  • 11 Jan 2017 2:32 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Post-doctoral research associate in Sustainability 

    Institution:  The University of Wisconsin-Madison 

    Location:  Madison, WI, USA

    Deadline:  February 14, 2017

    A position is available for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One focus of the positon will be the modeling the adoption of solar panels, and their sustainability implications. Other sustainability research will also be conducted.

    Candidates must have: a PhD in a relevant field, such as environmental or chemical engineering, although other fields will be considered. Experience related to at least one of the following areas is desired: industrial ecology, life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, or agent based modeling. The successful individual will need to learn how to build agent based models (if he or she does not already possess the skill) during the course of the work. Good writing skills are also critical, as manuscript preparation based on the research conducted in also expected. The appointment is for one year, and has the potential for renewal based on performance and funding availability. The salary and benefits offered are competitive. Applicants must submit electronically: (1) letter of application addressing how the applicant meets the desired experience for this position, including a statement of career goals (not to exceed 1 page), (2) a CV, (3) recent writing examples (1-2), and (4) contact information for at least two references, as a single pdf to: Dr. Andrea L. Hicks, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. hicks5@wisc.edu. Applications will be evaluated at they arrive, please submit by February 14th to be assured full consideration. The position is anticipated to start in March 2017, however this is negotiable. 


  • 10 Jan 2017 9:44 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Associate

    Institution: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Center for Industrial Ecology,  http://cie.research.yale.edu/

    Location: New Haven, CT, USA

    Deadline:  February 15, 2017

    Material production and forming is responsible for more than half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry. Reducing primary material production through increased recovery of secondary materials and lifetime extension of products and structures through refurbishment, remanufacturing and repurposing are important strategies to reduce GHG emissions from industry that have not yet received adequate attention. The Yale Center for Industrial Ecology has a long track record of uncovering material cycles and investigating circular economy opportunities through industrial symbiosis. We are now part of the REMADE Institute, a major DOE-funded effort to develop technologies and business models for closing material loops. Yale CIE researcher Barbara Reck leads the systems analysis node, which investigates the energy and GHG savings, resource potential, and costs of different technologies and management options.  

    The Postdoctoral associate is to develop a life cycle assessment (LCA) based system for the quantification of energy savings and emission reductions achieved by material cycles under different scenarios for the development of the energy system, under supervision of Professor Edgar Hertwich. The candidate will work closely with the REMADE technology partners, including major US manufacturing, recycling and waste management companies. 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, engineering, material sciences, or applied economics and have strong modelling and programming skills. Programming skills in high level languages (e.g., Python, Matlab, GAMS, R, Java, C++) and familiarity with LCA databases are an asset.  The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    To receive full consideration, please submit your application no later than February 15, 2017.

    Prior to applying, candidates should explore websites for Yale F&ES (environment.yale.edu) and the Center for Industrial Ecology (cie.research.yale.edu). Required materials should be submitted to cie@yale.edu and include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) writing sample (one publication), 5) names and contact information of 3 references.

    START DATE

    May 1, 2017 (Flexible)

    COMPENSATION

    This is a full-time, two-year, non-tenure-track appointment with possibility of extension. Annual salary is competitive and depends upon education and experience. The position includes medical and dental benefits and paid time off.

    Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


  • 08 Jan 2017 10:33 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Interdisciplinary (Biologist, Ecologist, or Hydrologist)

    Institution: U.S. Geological Survey 

    Location: 3 vacancies (Tucson, AZ; Hilo, HI; Norman, OK)

    Deadline: January 11, 2017

    There is (1) position to be filled for each location.

    This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

    Salary: Hilo, HI $73,962 (Step 01) to $96,153 (Step 10); Norman, OK $72,168 (Step 01) to $93,821(Step 10); Tuczon, AZ $72,544 (Step 01) to $94,310(Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    Duties

    As a Biologist/Ecologist/Hydrologist within the National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Assists Climate Science Center (CSC) Leadership with the implementation of the CSC Strategic Plan and Science agenda.
    • Supports and/or leads development of existing and new CSC science-based initiatives, including the organization of symposia and special sessions at regional and national conferences or gatherings.
    • Assists or leads in the development and delivery of climate adaptation tools and processes, such as scenario planning, Climate-Smart conservation, structured decision-making, vulnerability assessment approaches, adaptation planning, etc.
    • Complies, reviews, evaluates and interprets regional climate science activities funded by the CSC, regional partners, and academic institutions.
    • Assist with providing guidance, requirements and standard operating procedures for maintaining the quality of research activities, processes, and products by the CSC.
    • Represents the CSC at professional meetings with external cooperators, departmental and agency conferences, federal and state agencies, regional Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, regional community and tribal organizations, NGOs, academia, private industry, private research foundations, and public meetings.

    USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.

    For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html

    Travel Required

    • Occasional Travel
    • Overnight travel up to 4 nights per month may be required.

    Key Requirements

    • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
    • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
    • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.

    For more information and details on how to apply please visit the original job posting on the USAJOBS website

  • 03 Jan 2017 10:33 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Candidate in Modeling of Urban Metabolism and Ecosystems

    Institution: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

    Location: Luxembourg

    The successful candidate will join the RDI Unit on Life Cycle Sustainability and Risk Assessment (LiSRA) of the Environmental Research and Innovation(ERIN) department of LIST. With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the ERIN 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.

    Qualifications:

    Education

    • He/She holds a Master degree in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics

    Competencies

    • He/She has proven organizational skills and thinks interdisciplinary; he/she is able to work independently and creatively, as well as in synergy within a team
    • He/She has proven competences in programming for system dynamics modeling or related
    • Verified skills in economics, natural/environmental science and statistics will be considered an asset, as well as an overall knowledge on life cycle assessment (LCA) and ecosystem service valuation tools

    Language

    • An advanced knowledge of English (both spoken and written) is required; Portuguese language skills can be useful, although not mandatory

    Contact
    Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website: www.list.lu
    The application file should include:

    A CV

    A motivation letter

    Reference contact(s) / letter(s) of recommendation

    Any other document you may think useful to be considered in your application file

    Please see the original job posting for further information about the position and research


  • 03 Jan 2017 10:21 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Sustainability Analyst

    Institution: Quantis

    Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Quantis seeks to recruit a highly motivated and dynamic Sustainability Analyst to join our growing US team. The Sustainability Analyst will support the delivery of high quality consulting services for our clients, with a focus on enabling better sustainability decisions, management and communication through the best science and insights. Consideration will be made of both seasoned and entry-level candidates. The position offers a unique opportunity and responsibility of working with leading global companies to help them to understand and manage of their environmental impact and help them implement and communicate on their actions to improve environmental performance. Quantis offers a dynamic and flexible work environment and competitive compensation packages.

    Responsibilities 

    The Sustainability Analyst will be responsible for some combination of the following: Core responsibilities:

    • Conducting life cycle assessments and corporate environmental footprints 
    • Performing a variety of other quantitative and qualitative evaluations on sustainability topics 
    • Consulting with clients to assist them in their understanding and implementation 
    • Preparing reports and presentations 
    • Developing unique solutions to address sustainability-related challenges • Supporting client interactions, project management or business development Qualifications Critical qualifications and competences include 
    • One or more years’ experience in performing, managing, interpreting and/or communicating of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and/or related topics whether from an academic, industry or other background 
    • A Master’s degree, and/or several years of professional experience 
    • Ability to structure own work and self-motivated 
    • Sound problem solving skills 
    • Scientific expertise 
    • Ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with client
    Compensation and Benefits 

    Quantis offers competitive salaries and a wide range of benefits, including medical and other insurances and a retirement savings plan, as well as generous and flexible vacation time. Quantis offers a flexible, team-oriented work environment. Salary will be determined based on level of experience and potential for success. 

    To apply, please send your resume and a statement of interest to the following address with “Sustainability Analyst, Boston” in the title Email recruitment@quantis-intl.com 

  • 03 Jan 2017 10:18 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Life Cycle Expert

    Institution: Quantis

    Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Quantis seeks to recruit a highly motivated and dynamic Life Cycle Expert to join our growing US team. The Life Cycle Expert will lead development and delivery of LCA-based consulting services for our clients, with a focus on enabling better sustainability decisions, management and communication through the best science and insights. The Life Cycle Expert will also train and support the expertise of other staff and serve as an internal and external thought-leader on the topic of LCA and its application to key sustainability issues. The position offers a unique opportunity and responsibility of working with leading global companies to help them to understand and manage of their environmental impact and help them implement and communicate on their actions to improve environmental performance. Quantis offers a dynamic and flexible work environment and competitive compensation packages. 

    Responsibilities 

    The Life Cycle Expert will be responsible for some combination of the following:

    • Implementing and leading LCA-based assessments for clients 
    • Consulting with clients to assist them in their understanding and implementation 
    • Mentoring, training and supporting other staff 
    • Developing new Quantis client relationships and accounts 
    • Developing unique solutions and approaches for clients; 
    • Managing project workloads and other staff; 
    • Preparing reports and presentations; 
    • Leading knowledge areas within the company; 
    • Other leadership positions and responsibilities. Qualifications The desired qualifications for the position include: 
    • A masters or PhD degree, or several years of experience in the field of LCA, with a focus on practical applications; 
    • Experience in a range of experience in applications to business, strategy, policy or other contexts; 
    • Strong critical thinking skills 
    • A dynamic and enthusiastic personality aligned with Quantis’ values and spirit 
    Compensation and Benefits 

    Quantis offers competitive salaries and a wide range of benefits, including medical and other insurances and a retirement savings plan, as well as generous and flexible vacation time. Quantis offers a flexible, team-oriented work environment. Salary will be determined based on level of experience and potential for success. 

    To apply, please send your resume and a statement of interest to the following address with “LCA Expert, Boston” in the title Email recruitment@quantis-intl.com

    Please visit the original job posting for further information

    http://www.quantis-intl.com/en/

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