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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.
  • 03 Jan 2017 10:14 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Two post-doctoral fellows

    Institution: Erb Institute at the University of Michigan

    Location: Ann Arbor, MI

    The Erb Institute at the University of Michigan is seeking two post-doctoral fellows for the coming academic year. This is a great opportunity for someone who has completed their PhD within the last year as we offer two years of funding and a discretionary research budget.

    We are still accepting applications from qualified candidate scholars who can conduct high-quality and high-impact research, participate in seeking extramural funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer reviewed articles, and can contribute occasional thought leadership content under the Erb Institute banner.

    To help us achieve our strategic vision, post-doctoral researchers will be required to conduct work in at least one of four priority areas at the nexus of business and sustainability:

    ·  Consumer behavior and conscious consumption;

    ·  Community and human development;

    ·  Energy and climate change; and/or

    ·  New metrics for sustainability.

    The institute is particularly interested in applicants who have demonstrated leadership potential and/or capabilities as they relate to our strategic research priority areas.

    Fellows are appointed for two years as Post-Doctoral Scholars in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship, to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, and to devote time to their independent research. If desired, teaching may be included in the agreement. The annual stipend will be $65,000 based on an academic calendar year, September 1 – August 31. Fellows are eligible for University employee benefits programs including health and life insurance options.

    Applicants may visit our website for more information on the position and application details.

  • 27 Dec 2016 9:06 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD positions

    Institution: Sustainability Research Institute - University of Leeds

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Deadline: March 1, 2017

    Three fully-funded 3.5 years Leverhulme PhDs are available to UK/EU candidates only. The funding will included tuition fees, tax-free stipend at the RCUK rates (£14,296 for 2016/17), and research training and support grant.

    Project Summary

    The Living Well Within Limits (LiLi) project is an ambitious interdisciplinary programme, addressing crucial but understudied questions: What are the biophysical resources, more specifically energy, required to achieve human well-being? What influence do social and technical provisioning systems have on the levels of resource use associated with well-being? The LiLi project’s ambitious aim is to construct the conceptual and methodological framework upon which this type of research can be carried forward, and to apply it using both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze and model the energy requirements of well-being. The LiLi project is based on an innovative framework (shown below), integrating biophysical resource use, the social and physical provisioning systems which draw up on these resources as inputs, and the social outcomes which depend upon them.

    Summary of the PhD projects

    The three PhD projects within LiLi will principally pursue quantitative analysis on three different levels. In each case, the analysis focuses on explaining the role of provisioning systems in explaining variations and trends in the “environmental efficiency of well-being”.

    1. The first project will take the nation-state as its unit of analysis, conducting top-down international analysis over several decades (highest geographic and temporal coverage). This project will investigate differences in the resource endowments of countries, their level of infrastructure build-up, economic and technological capabilities, governance characteristics, and social and cultural factors. The applicant should therefore be capable of working with large international datasets, and should be interested in international development pathways and political economy.
    2. The second project focuses on economic distribution within countries, by using income classes as its unit of measurement. This project builds on much recent interest wealth and income inequality, but extends this type of analysis to quantify the affordability and availability of key provisioning services and well-being outcomes within countries. Applicants should be interested in deriving insights from multiple disciplines (economics, health, sociology) to explain the drivers of inequality in provisioning.
    3. The third project will consider household-level (micro-data) differences with an eye on geographic factors, such as urban-rural differences, for a single year. The applicant will be working mainly with household survey and expenditure data and should be interested in input-output analysis and/or spatial techniques, and will focus on 5 or 6 specific countries (developing and developed).

    In all cases, the PhD analysis will focus on the role of physical and social provisioning systems in explaining (in statistical terms) international, income and household variations. The outcomes of these analyses will be estimates of the energy service “baskets” required, at the international, income class and household levels, for human need satisfaction. Most importantly, the significance of social and physical provision systems in explaining differences in well-being vs. energy use performance will be fully explored, thus enabling priority energy service systems for well-being to be identified.

    The PhD research will in all cases be undertaken within a larger collaborative group related to the LiLi project. The outcomes of their analysis will enable more precise estimates of the energy services required for human need satisfaction, taking into account the importance of economic inequality and geographic location (climate, housing & transport types, urban-rural differences) in determining the services accessible and affordable to different groups.

    There will be opportunities to translate the research findings into formal models to test scenarios upon, as well as to participate in community-level case studies of energy use and well-being in several countries. The Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds encourages PhD dissertations by alternative format, encouraging the publication of PhD research in international peer-reviewed journals. 

    Anyone who is interested should contact me directly:  in order to collaborate on a more detailed PhD project plan in advance of the March 1st 2017 deadline.

    Please visit the original job posting for complete information

  • 17 Dec 2016 2:06 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Tenure-track faculty position in LCA

    Institution: North Dakota State University - Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials and the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS)

    Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA


    A tenure-track faculty position in Life Cycle Assessment is available immediately in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials in conjunction with the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) at North Dakota State University. CSMS is an interdisciplinary center that carries out research and education on a cradle-to-cradle approach to sustainable materials, with a current focus on materials from renewable resources ( The Center is seeking to expand with the addition of a faculty member who can collaborate on sustainability assessment and environmental impact analysis of bio-based materials. The ideal applicant will, among other things carry out Life Cycle Assessment in collaboration with center researchers who are developing new bio-based materials with comparisons to currently used petrochemical polymers and resin systems. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, however candidates with exceptional qualifications may be appointed to a higher rank. Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline and documented research expertise in LCA, a strong potential to develop an externally-funded, nationally competitive research program, commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as strong oral and written communication skills. Postdoctoral experience is a plus as is interest in other research in sustainability assessments of bio-based materials, such as (but not limited to) techno-economic analysis, economic analysis, and social impact analysis.

    Candidates for the position will need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, detailed research plans and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent. For more information on this position as well as to apply please visit

    Review of applications will start January 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. 

  • 17 Dec 2016 2:00 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    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: Please be aware that applications are not be sent to this email address.

    See 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
    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.noMark the application with IVT-132/16.

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  • 17 Dec 2016 1:54 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Tenure Tracker in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University

    Institution: Leiden University - Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)

    Location: Leiden, Netherlands

    Deadline: January 8, 2017

    The Faculty of Science and the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is looking for a:

    Tenure tracker in Industrial Ecology (0.8-1.0 fte) 
    Vacancy number 16-401

    Key responsibilities

    • The candidate will contribute to education and research of the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) Department;
    • Research will be, for the most part, done in the context of projects funded by EU programs like Horizon 2020 or the EIT Raw materials and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Research focuses on further development and application of IE tools such as life cycle (sustainability) assessment, environmentally extended input-output analysis and material flow analysis and related modelling and forecasting;
    • CML-IE has been successful in attracting PhD funding, and we expect the Tenure Tracker to supervise 1-2 PhD students from the moment of joining CML;
    • Teaching mostly focuses on contributing to the Master Industrial Ecology. Other teaching may include the CML Minor Sustainable Development and the Leiden University College Sustainability track;
    • The candidate will contribute to the acquisition of new research projects.

    Selection criteria

    • You can develop and motivate an own scientific group;
    • You’re an inspiring ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker with a clear view on a challenging research and education program;
    • You must have a PhD degree in a relevant field, and have some additional years of academic work experience. Relevant backgrounds could include PhD degrees in industrial ecology or sustainability science, or other fields such as econometrics, economics, applied mathematics, applied physics, system dynamics, and related modelling, combined with a strong interest in sustainability;
    • In our Tenure Track system, it is the ambition to appoint the successful candidate ultimately in a professorial position. You must hence already show the potential to develop an own research line, become internationally visible, and take responsibility for external acquisition. You must have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Ideally the research line you will develop will expand CML-IE’s existing research portfolio. Topics could be e.g. ‘big data and IE’, dynamic scenario modelling, or adding a spatially explicit dimension to the IE toolbox, or other subjects you think that bring the IE field forward;
    • Strong quantitative skills in data gathering, data compilation, analysis, and related mathematics and coding in e.g. Matlab, Python or R are essential;
    • Knowledge of industrial ecology tools including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Material flow analysis (MFA) and Environmentally extended input output analysis (EE IO) is strongly desired;
    • University level teaching skills should be good and demonstrable;
    • You should be able to work in a dynamic, multi-project context: distributing his or her attention among the various projects and tasks, keeping an eye to deadlines and deliverables, taking initiatives and contacting partners;
    • The international character of the work necessitates proficiency in English, passive and active, written and spoken. Proficiency in Dutch is an advantage.

    Please visit the original job posting for complete information. 

    Enquiries can be made to dr. Rene Kleijn, telephonet +31 71 527 1498, email or prof. Arnold Tukker, telephone +31 71 527 5632/5615, email
    Information about CML can be found at and about Leiden University at

    To apply for this vacancy please send an email to, quoting the vacancy number and include a brief description of a research plan, letter of motivation, a full vitae, a list of publications, as well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted). 
    Applications should be submitted no later than January 8, 2017. The selection procedure will take place in the week thereafter and selected candidates will be invited for an interview on January 31, 2017. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

  • 06 Dec 2016 9:47 PM | Alessio Miatto (Administrator)

    PhD scholarships with the eLogistics Research Group aligned to the ARC Centre for Forest Value are available immediately for suitable candidates with skills in any of the following areas:

    • All Engineering disciplines (Software, Electrical, Mechanical, etc);
    • Supply chain management specialisations;
    • Digital Traceability, Provenance and Authentication Technologies and Services;
    • Transport Logistics;
    • Information systems, Decision-support Sciences and Business Intelligence Research.

    The project opportunities listed below provide an indicative list of research areas for prospective PhD candidates who may be eligible to receive a full PhD scholarship for research directly aligned to any of the sub-projects listed below:

    The scholarships cover tuition fees and give a $26,000/year tax free allowance to cover living costs for up-to three and half years. The aim of the research is to support transformation of timber supply chain by enhancing the alignment of electronic information with material flows and transformations in existing and new (engineered wood products) supply chains.

    1. Information Management and IT Governance in Forest Industry
    2. Investigation of By-Products Characterization from Forestry and Industry
    3. Consumer Behaviour and Acceptance of the Timber Products
    4. IT-based Tracking of Fibre from the Plant to the Finished Product
    5. Uncertainties in the Forest Industries: Procurement, Supply chains and Markets

    Application Deadline: 31st December, 2016
    Locations: Hobart or Launceston, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia.
    Type: Full Scholarship.

    For further information: Professor Paul Turner
    Dr Mohammad Taskhiri 

  • 05 Dec 2016 9:23 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Tenure-Track position in Environmental Engineering

    Institution: Concordia University

    Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Deadline: December 15, 2016

    The Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks outstanding candidates for one tenure-track position in the area of Environmental Engineering (Integrated Waste Management) with expertise in one or more of the following areas: sustainable management of solid, hazardous and industrial waste; energy and resource recovery from waste; carbon capture; net-zero discharge systems; safe disposal; and/or innovative waste treatment processes and technologies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered.

    Applicants must possess a PhD in Environmental Engineering or Civil Engineering, or a related discipline. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to the supervision of MASc and PhD students, and to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. They will conduct independent scholarly research and attract external funding. Excellent communication skills are required.  Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in the province of Quebec, is required. Relevant industrial experience is an asset. The language of instruction at Concordia University is English; however, knowledge of French is an asset.

    Applications must include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a statement concerning teaching and research interests and the names of at least four referees. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate has been identified, but should be submitted by December 15, 2016.  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2017

    Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to the Department Chair.

    Dr. M. Zaheeruddin, Chair
    Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Concordia University
    1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West,
    Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 CANADA

    For more information please visit the original job posting by clicking here

  • 01 Dec 2016 12:04 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Position: PhD Position in Sustainable Business

    Institution: University of Leeds's School of Earth and Environment

    Location: Leeds, UK

    The Sustainability Research Institute at University of Leeds’s School of Earth and Environment is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. track in Sustainable Business. 

    The Sustainable Business track is hosted by the Business & Organisations for Sustainable Societies Research Group (BOSS) and responds to the growing interest in critically evaluating the role of businesses and organisations and how they can incorporate sustainability in their systems, including their activities and throughout their supply chains. Research projects may look at the role of companies in influencing pro-environmental behaviour in the home; spaces of engagement, resource governance and the extractive industries; sustainable entrepreneurship and community innovation; environmental ethics in business; circular economy; pro-environmental behaviour in organisations.

    Prospective students with backgrounds in sociology, political science, business, environmental science, or other relevant areas are encouraged to apply. Selected students work closely with faculty members to develop deep knowledge of the field of business sustainability and develop theories and approaches which enable businesses and organisations to tackle the challenges of sustainable development in a coherent, systematic, holistic and robust way. Faculty include William Young, Jamie Van Alstine, Sally Russell, Alice Owen, Anne Tallontire, Pablo Munoz, Pasi Heikkurinen. Their research has regularly appeared in top journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Environmental Management, California Management Review, Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization & Environment, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Sustainable Development and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 

    SRI also hosts the Economics and Policy for Sustainability, Environment and Development, and Energy and Climate Change Mitigation research groups; providing a rich and diverse research environment for selected students.

    The minimum entry requirement is an Upper Second Class British Bachelor degree (or equivalent), however, many of our students enter doctoral study with a Masters degree which has often provided some research training. Funding is available for outstanding candidates. If candidates would like to be considered for one of the University’s scholarships competitions, they need to submit a separate application for the scholarship and visit for further information.

    Information about SRI:

    Information about the research programme, training and application:

    Information about research projects and opportunities:

    Please contact Sally Russell, Associate Professor and head of the BOSS research group ( or Pablo Munoz, Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change (, if you know of high potential candidates or if you have questions about this exciting program. 

  • 01 Dec 2016 11:55 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Positions: 2 PhD positions, 1 PhD position, and 1 Postdoc position 

    Institution: Freiburg University

    Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

    The interdisciplinary project "Circulus: Opportunities and Challenges of Transformation towards a Sustainable Circular Economy" at Freiburg University invites applications for:

    •     2 PhD positions analyzing "Discourses of the Circular Economy" (social/political sciences)
    •     1 PhD position "Conceptualizing and Measuring Material Flows in a Circular Economy" (environmental engineering, industrial ecology, ecological economics, sustainability science or related)
    •     1 Postdoc position "Conceptualizing Global Supply Chains in a Circular Economy" (qualified in management, economics or related with a focus on sustainable supply chains)

    Positions are 4 year fixed term, starting March 2017.

    For more information, see   In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

  • 17 Nov 2016 1:59 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Faculty Position in Problem-Based Learning

    Institution: University of Victoria - Department of Civil Engineering

    Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    Deadline: January 15, 2017

    The Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Victoria, invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position to support the development of a new Civil Engineering program.

    We are looking for a civil engineer with a strong interest in practicing and championing problem­ based learning, who would be appointed as a regular research professor. Candidates must have exceptional teaching ability, with experience and scholarship in problem-based learning. The appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level (with candidates evaluated as per the Faculty Evaluation Policy).

    The appointee will contribute to the development of a green Civil Engineering Program; and must be motivated and skilled to conduct engineering work towards reducing environmental impacts of human activities. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellence in research, graduate student supervision, and teaching. An exceptional research record is required including substantial recent publications in top-tier venues. Scholarly expertise in at least one of the following areas is required:

    Water Resources; Industrial Ecology; Ecology; Green Buildings (incl. indoor air quality, architectural engineering); Sustainable Transportation; Sustainable Infrastructure.

    Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering, or a related field, together with excellent verbal and written communication, and experience of collaboration with colleagues of engineering and non-engineering backgrounds. Candidates must be registered as a professional engineer or be eligible for and committed to registration. The successful applicant will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students, establish an active research program, and participate in the academic affairs of the university.

    Applications should include curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research objectives and interests, and the names, addresses, telephone number, and email addresses of at least four referees. Applications preferably should be submitted electronically by 15 January 2017 at addressed to:

    Dr. Chris Kennedy, Chair

    Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria

    PO Box 1700, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2Y2

    Please note: You are asked to upload your C.V. and other personal information to this service, which is provided for the convenience of you and your referees. The service stores it data on servers located outside of Canada; the data is therefore not in the custody or under the control of the University of Victoria. You may wish to review the privacy statement on If you do not wish to use this service, please email for application instructions.

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