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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.
  • 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 ( or Professor Richard Wood ( ). 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

    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. 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,

    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. 


    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.


    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 ( and the Center for Industrial Ecology ( Required materials should be submitted to 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.


    May 1, 2017 (Flexible)


    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.


    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:

    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.



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


    • 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


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

    Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website:
    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.


    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 

  • 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. 


    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

    Please visit the original job posting for further information
  • 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

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