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Job Postings and Research Opportunities

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 Nov 2016 3:33 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Positions in Circular Economy

    Institution: Circulus

    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 

  • 27 Oct 2016 3:44 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Position in Agricultural and Resource Economics

    Institution: Technical University of Munich

    Location: Munich, Germany

    Deadline: November 20, 2016

    The chair “Agricultural Production and Resource Economics” at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW), Technische Universität München (TUM) offers a Postdoctoral position under the supervision of Prof Dr Johannes Sauer.

    The applicant is expected to develop his/her own research agenda in at least on of the following areas:

    o economics/econometrics of big data with respect to agriculture and natural resources

    o bioeconomic challenges and economics of biotechnology

    o climate change, natural disasters and agricultural production

    o economics of biodiversity or water resource management

    Applicants should hold a university degree in agricultural, environmental or natural resource economics, general economics, statistics or mathematics or other related disciplines. A clear interest in applied statistics and econometrics as well as exceptional analytical skills are required. The successful candidate will have a strong and proven focus on publishing in international peer-reviewed outlets and attracting competitive funding (especially DFG and ERC/EC). An ability to work effectively in a young and dynamic research team that is internationally engaged through interdisciplinary research collaborations will be crucial. An interest in supplementary teaching is an advantage.

    Salaries are based on the German state regulated public service salary scale (E13 TV-L 100%). The appointment is initially for a period of one year starting 1st of January 2017 with an option to renew for one additional year. Technische Universität München is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preferences given comparable qualifications.

    Please submit your electronic application (cv, transcripts/certificates, list of publications, teaching experience etc.) as well as the name of two referees to For further information please contact senior researchers Dr. Getachew Abate-Kassa ( or Dr. David Wüpper (david.wü

  • 24 Oct 2016 10:08 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Building Engineering Tenure‐track Faculty Position

    Institution: Sherbrooke University

    Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

    Deadline: November 30, 2016

    Sherbrooke University is seeking candidates to fill a full‐time faculty position in the Faculty of Engineering for a Canada Research Chair, Tier 2. The research program should contribute either to the new Building Engineering program or the new Robotics Engineering program. The detailed listing, in French, can be found here:

    Candidates should meet the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs, Tier 2. 

    Applications in Building Engineering should contribute to the establishment of the new program and reinforce research in one or more of the following areas:

    • Sustainable Materials for buildings.
    • Smart building and energy efficiency.
    • Certifications (LEED, PassivHaus, WELL, LBC, etc.), sustainability indicators and life cycle assessment (LCA).
    • Building information modelling (BIM) in a context of sustainable development (commissioning, recommissioning).


    1. Full‐time regular position.
    2. Working conditions are governed by collective agreements in effect.
    3. Expected start date: 2017
    4. The duration of the CRC Tier 2 is 5 years, renewable once for another 5‐year period. The position is subject to review and approval by the Canada Research Chairs Program.

    Application Process

    1. Applications will be reviewed at until the position is filled.
    2. Please include your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, reprints of your most relevant recent publications, and three letters of reference sent directly by the signatories to: Professor Patrik Doucet, ing., Dean, Faculty of Engineering Employment opportunity no. 02566. E‐mail:

    Please click here for the LinkedIn job posting
  • 24 Oct 2016 10:02 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-doc Researcher

    Institution: MINES ParisTech PSL Research University

    Location: Sophia Antipolis, France

    Deadline: November 4, 2016

    MINES ParisTech PSL Research University is looking for a Post-doc to join their team for an 18 month position.

    The candidate will contribute to the development of a web platform to evaluate the environmental impacts of renewable energy systems with LCA.

    The platform will be based on a modular approach and will integrate the study of uncertainties in the context of a prospective analysis of energy scenarios.

    Please click here for full details.

    To apply please send a CV and a letter addressed to Professor Isabelle Blanc:

  • 24 Oct 2016 9:57 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: LCA Analyst

    Institution: Ecoinnovazione

    Location: Padova, Italy

    Deadline: November 5, 2016

    Ecoinnovazione is looking for an experienced LCA analyst to join its team. This full-time position begins in January 2017  for six months with consideration for an additional six months. 

    For further information you can send an email to:

    For those who are interested, please send your CV to:

  • 24 Oct 2016 7:39 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: PhD Candidate

    Institution: Rothamsted Research

    Location: University of Bristol

    Deadline: December 5, 2016

    Rothamsted Research, the oldest agricultural research institute in the world founded in 1843, is currently looking for a high-quality PhD candidate to conduct LCA research on sheep production systems at its North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP) in Devon, UK. The successful applicant will be registered in the four-year PhD program at University of Bristol and engage in system-wide economic and environmental evaluation using high-resolution primary data collected across the platform. In order to be eligible for the full scholarship (covering both the university fees and stipends) funded through South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio), the applicant must meet the UK residence criteria set by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Applicants from EU countries who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

    Please visit the original job posting for more information on the research

    For further information on this project, please contact Prof. Michael Lee (

    Please see the South West Biosciences DTP web pages for more information on this DTP or to apply for this project, please click here. 

  • 17 Oct 2016 9:27 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Institution: College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Deadline: Review of applications will begin on Nov 1, 2016

    Opening for postdoctoral fellow for research on biofuel lifecycle assessment, technoeconomic assessment and process modeling in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Georgia Tech faculty in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as well as collaborators at other institutions, on the production of biocrude in an advanced bioreactor-based biorefinery. This is part of a project supported by the US Department of Energy for advancements in algal biomass yield.

    Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field, including experience in lifecycle assessment, technoeconomic assessment and process modeling. Appointment is for one year with possibility of extension. The appointment may be either in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering or in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, depending on the background of the applicant.

    The start date is January 1 2017. Review of applications will begin on November 1 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a C.V., a one-page statement of research goals, and a one-page statement of career goals to Lisa Cox at Contact Prof. Valerie Thomas ( or Prof. Matthew Realff ( for additional information. Transcripts will be required prior to any offer of employment. Georgia Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

  • 13 Oct 2016 7:06 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

    Institution: The Sustainable Healthy Cities Network at the University of Minnesota Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

    Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

    The Sustainable Healthy Cities Network is hiring a Post-Doctoral Associate to conduct research on urban energy modeling, the energy-health nexus, and/or the food-energy-water nexus 


    • Required PhD degree in energy-related field, with systems thinking and interdisciplinary skills. Strong publications record. Excellent communication, teamwork, and team leadership skills.
    • Preferred: Experience in energy/modeling, energy-health nexus, and urban sustainability systems analysis
    • Training in fields such as Engineering, Energy Resources, Environmental Science, Industrial Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, and Engineering and Public Policy. Familiarity with energy futures models, integrated assessment models, spatial energy planning, air pollution and climate models, and input-output models.

    About the Job

    The post-doctoral associate conducts research in the areas of energy modeling and the energy-health nexus in the broader context of sustainable urban infrastructure systems, under the direction of Professor Anu Ramaswami. This research is for the Sustainability Research Network (SRN) funded by the National Science Foundations, which is focusing on infrastructure transformations for Sustainable Healthy Cities ( The position works on interdisciplinary research teams analyzing technology futures, spatial infrastructure design, and social and policy influences on urban infrastructure. The position also participates in and leads the preparation of proposals, reports, presentations, and technical papers; co-teaches SRN courses to graduate students; and assists in liaison activities with policy partners.

    The successful candidate will play an exciting and key role in the Sustainable Healthy Cities network. He or she will have unique opportunities to engage with joint research across both disciplines and institutions, and to contribute to policy-relevant work with partner cities and international agencies.

    This is a two year position.

    How to Apply:

    Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

    Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

    To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    Please visit the original job posting: University of Minnesota Employment Portal (Job ID: 313241).

  • 10 Oct 2016 11:01 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Three Post-Doctoral Researchers and one PhD Student in the field of innovation studies, sustainability transitions, environmental governance, urban studies, (entrepreneurial) finance, management, environmental economics, or related disciplines

    Institution: Utrecht University

    Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

    Deadline: October 21, 2016

     ‘Nature-based solutions’ (NBS) in urban areas are attracting attention amongst (inter)national policy makers, firms and other urban stakeholders as an alternative to investing in grey infrastructures. NBS are deliberate interventions that are inspired or supported by nature. They can be cost-effective and provide environmental, social and economic benefits while also helping to build resilience. As such, NBS have the potential to respond to climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic regeneration and social well-being.

     Yet there is a substantial gap between the promise of NBS and their uptake. The positions are part of a larger new Horizon2020 project ‘NATURVATION’ – led by Durham University – which will take an internationally comparative approach to advance assessment approaches, analyse innovation and transition dynamics and develop new partnerships and knowledge to build capacity for the uptake of NBS.

     Knowledge institutes and urban partners across Europe are collaborating in this new transdisciplinary project. Apply now and become part of this exciting endeavour!         

    We are seeking applicants for various research positions in this project:

    • A 4-year (full-time) PhD position on urban innovation dynamics and governance of NBS at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Find out more and apply for the position here:
    • A 4-year (0.7 – 1.0 fte) Post-doc position on innovation dynamics and governance of NBS at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Find out more and apply for the position here:
    • A 3-year (full-time) Post-doc position in environmental economics on economic evaluation of NBS, at the Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht University. Find out more and apply for the position here:
    • A 3-year (0.8 fte) Post-doc position on business models and financing instruments for urban NBS innovation at the Sustainable Finance lab and Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht University. Find out more and apply for the position here:

    All researchers preferably start between December 1st (2016) and February 1st (2017).

    The deadline for applications is October 21, 2016. For more information regarding the projects at the Copernicus Institute, you can contact Prof. Dr. Ir. Rob Raven ( For information regarding the project at Utrecht University School of Economics, you can contact Prof. Dr. Wouter Botzen ( For information regarding the project at the Sustainable Finance Lab, you can contact Dr. Friedemann Polzin (

  • 10 Oct 2016 10:54 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Industrial Ecology

    Institution: Leiden University

    Location: Leiden, Netherlands

    Deadline: October 23, 2016

    The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Industrial Ecology. 

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • You will contribute to education and research of the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) Department;
    • Research (60% in the first year, 100% in the second year) will consist of contributing to the project SUPRIM (SUstainable management of PRIMary raw materials through a better approach in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment): 
      a. SUPRIM is funded by the EIT Raw Materials (, the biggest European innovation program ever on raw materials, consisting of > 100 partners, comprising universities, research institutes and world leading companies; 
      b. It is a project coordinated by Ghent University in collaboration with Leiden University, Lulea University and industrial partners from the mining industry; 
      c. It aims at improving current methods for the environmental impact assessment of primary raw material extractions in a life cycle (sustainability) assessment context; 
      d. The tasks include: defining the state-of-the-art, data gathering and methodology development;
    • Teaching (40% in the first year) mostly focuses on contributing to the Master Industrial Ecology, particularly the System Earth and Life cycle assessment courses.
    • You must have a PhD in a relevant field, and ideally have some additional years of academic work experience. You ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include PhD’s in industrial ecology, sustainability science, (regional) economics and modelling, applied mathematics, trade and competitiveness;
    • Knowledge of industrial ecology tools including Life cycle assessment (LCA), Material flow analysis (MFA) and Environmentally extended input output analysis (EE IO) is essential. Specific knowledge of Life cycle impact assessment methods for resources is an advantage;
    • 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.
    Terms and Conditions:

    We offer a one year term position, in principle renewable for one additional year depending on performance. Further renewals depend on need and available funding. The work will take mainly place at Leiden University under the supervision of Dr. Jeroen Guinée, though intensive collaboration with a postdoc at Ghent University and his supervisor Prof. Jo Dewulf is foreseen as well.

    The salary range is from € 2,552.- to € 4,028.- gross per month (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

    Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Read more at


    Enquiries can be made to Dr. Rene Kleijn at telephone +31 71 527 1498, or Prof. Arnold Tukker at 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 CML at Please ensure that you upload your CV and the names and phone numbers of two references quoting the vacancy number.  Only applications received no later than 23 October 2016 can be considered. Interviews will take place on 28 October. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

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