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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.
  • 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 (michael.lee@rothamsted.ac.uk)

    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 lisa.cox@isye.gatech.edu. Contact Prof. Valerie Thomas (valerie.thomas@isye.gatech.edu) or Prof. Matthew Realff (matthew.realff@chbe.gatech.edu) 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 

    Qualifications:

    • 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 (www.sustainablehealthycities.org). 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 employ@umn.edu 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: http://bit.ly/2drokHc
    • 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: http://bit.ly/2drpm5H
    • 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: http://bit.ly/2dvtzJR
    • 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: http://bit.ly/2e85ecH

    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 (r.p.j.m.raven@uu.nl). For information regarding the project at Utrecht University School of Economics, you can contact Prof. Dr. Wouter Botzen (w.j.w.botzen@uu.nl). For information regarding the project at the Sustainable Finance Lab, you can contact Dr. Friedemann Polzin (f.h.j.polzin@uu.nl).

  • 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 (www.eitrawmaterials.eu), 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.
    Criteria:
    • 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 http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

    Information:

    Enquiries can be made to Dr. Rene Kleijn at telephone +31 71 527 1498, emailkleijn@cml.leidenuniv.nl or Prof. Arnold Tukker at telephone +31-71 527 5632/ 5615, email tukker@cml.leidenuniv.nl.

    Information about CML can be found at http://www.cml.leiden.edu and about Leiden University at http://www.vacancies.leiden.edu/.

    Applications:

    To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to CML at sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. 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.

  • 10 Oct 2016 10:49 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology

    Institution: Leiden University 

    Location: Leiden, Netherlands

    Deadline: October 23, 2016

    The Faculty of Science, Institution of Environmental Science (CML) is looking for an Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology. 

    Key Responsibilities: 

    • You will contribute to education and research of the CML-Industrial Ecology (IE) Department;
    • Teaching (80%) mostly focuses on contributing to the Master Industrial Ecology, particularly the System Earth and Life cycle assessment courses. Other teaching may include the CML Minor Sustainable Development and the Leiden University College Sustainability track. A specific task is contributing to the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Design for Recycling, that will be developed by CML with TU Delft and international partners for the European Institute of Technology’s Raw Materials program;
    • Research projects (20%) will be, for the most part, EU-funded projects on e.g. environmentally extended input-output analysis, life cycle assessment and material flow analysis;
    Criteria:
    • 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 PhDs in industrial ecology, sustainability science, (regional) economics and modelling, applied mathematics, trade and competitiveness;
    • University level teaching skills should be excellent and demonstrable;
    • Knowledge of industrial ecology tools including Life cycle assessment (LCA), Material flow analysis (MFA) and Environmentally extended input output analysis (EE IO) is essential;
    • Experience in data gathering, data compilation, analysis, and coding in Matlab, Python or R is an advantage;
    • 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;
    • Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

    Terms and Conditions:

    We offer a one year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, available funding and performance. 

    The salary range is from € 2.552,- to € 4.691,- gross per month (pay scale 10 or 11), 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.

    Information

    Enquiries can be made to Dr. Rene Kleijn at telephone +31 71 527 1498, emailkleijn@cml.leidenuniv.nl or Prof. Arnold Tukker at telephone +31 71 527 5632/ 5615, email tukker@cml.leidenuniv.nl.

    Information about CML can be found at http://www.cml.leiden.edu and about Leiden University at http://www.vacancies.leiden.edu/.

    Applications

    To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to CML at sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. 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. Interview will take place on 1 November. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.

  • 06 Oct 2016 1:42 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Institution: The Ohio State University

    Location: Columbus, OH

    The Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program at The Ohio State University has an opening for a post-doctoral research position with interdisciplinary work in Sustainable Engineering. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree in an area related to Sustainability Science or Sustainable Engineering and a demonstrated ability to perform interdisciplinary research at the interface of engineering, environmental sciences, economics, social sciences and policy. Research skills should include areas such as engineering design and optimization, life cycle assessment, applied statistics, and modeling of economic and ecological systems. The ability and willingness to learn new subject matter and work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment are essential. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal.

    This position is supported by the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, part of the Ohio State University’s Discovery Themes initiative (www.discovery.osu.edu/sre). The candidate’s work will be directed by Professor Bhavik Bakshi and additional members of a multidisciplinary research team that takes a holistic approach to understanding how production and consumption systems are linked to ecological systems and how society can achieve greater value in more sustainable and resilient development. The SRE program aims to develop and apply integrated assessment methods to guide practical solutions from local to global scales that enhance the efficiency of material and energy inputs, reduce adverse environmental and social impacts and protect critical ecosystem services.

    Interested candidates should forward their letter of application, CV and names of three references to Melissa Amos (amos.126@osu.edu), SRE Program Coordinator.

  • 06 Oct 2016 1:02 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Sustainability and LCA Analyst

    Institution: Eastern Research Group

    Location: Lexington, MA

    Eastern Research Group is seeking an Environmental Sustainability & LCA Analyst to work in the area of environmental sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA). Analysts work with other team members under the direction of one or more project managers to provide clients with high quality results within project schedules and budgets. Analysts collect and synthesize information to produce models, communicate results through well-structured figures and tables, write reports, and present results in project meetings. The ERG LCA team supports private, government, and industry group clients to assess the environmental outcomes associated with products and infrastructure systems; to identify preferred products, processes, and policies; and to create new approaches for sustainability analysis.

    REQUIREMENTS

    We are looking for candidates who are passionate about and have experience in data-driven sustainability analysis. Specific qualifications include:

    • Demonstrated ability to apply life cycle assessment through work experience, preferably environmental consulting and/or coursework.
    • Familiarity with a wide range of data sources relevant for environmental and policy analysis, and the ability to identify and engage experts to conduct research. Capable of identifying key features of complex processes.
    • Background in engineering, economics, policy analysis, or a related technical field including a graduate or undergraduate degree and/or prior work experience.
    • Well-developed problem-solving, systems thinking, quantitative, and critical thinking skills; intellectual curiosity. Able to formulate solutions to poorly structured problems.
    • Highly motivated and detail oriented with the ability to work independently and in close collaboration with team members. Energized by working as part of a high functioning team and demonstrates a professional attitude.
    • Skilled written and verbal communicator, including the ability to present complex information so that it is understandable to a non-technical audience.
    • Strong computer skills relevant for data manipulation and analysis as well as experience with SimaPro or other LCA software, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

    HOW TO APPLY

    The position will be located in Lexington, Massachusetts or Prairie Village, Kansas. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, sample of a recent technical writing assignment, and salary requirements. You may submit your application via an email to resumes-lex@erg.com and include Attn: KANAS1006082B01 with the subject line of your email. You may also mail or fax the appropriate documents to the Attention of KANAS1006082B01. Click here for mail and fax information. No phone calls please.

    Please take a moment and fill out the following Voluntary Self-Identification forms and send them along with your resume (forms must be downloaded, completed, and saved prior to sending):DisabilityRace and Veterans. Eastern Research Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. Completion of this data is completely voluntary and will not affect your opportunity for employment; or terms or conditions of employment if hired.

  • 05 Oct 2016 8:13 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Sustainable Bioenergy Development

    Institution: Michigan Technological University

    Location: Houghton, Michigan, USA

    Deadline: October 31, 2016

    The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a one-and-a-half year Post–Doctoral Fellowship, beginning on or about January 1, 2017, focused on the socioecological impacts of sustainable bioenergy development across the Americas. The position is funded through the ongoing National Science Foundation Partnerships in International Research and Education (NSF PIRE) grant Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Forest-related Bioenergy Development across the Americas. The five year PIRE grant is structured on an interdisciplinary framework that brings together an international team of social, natural, and engineering scientists to examine the socioecological impacts of forest-related bioenergy projects across the Americas and uses policy and sustainability metrics analysis to recommend strategies for increasing bioenergy benefits and minimizing negative impacts.

    Project researchers representing the Socioeconomic and Policy teams have collected qualitative and quantitative data related to the perceptions, impacts, and policy dimensions of sustainable biofuel development programs in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. We now seek a post-doctoral researcher who can contribute to the analysis and synthesis of this material across the varied socioeconomic contexts of the five country projects, as well as work with natural and engineering scientists to more fully understand the broader hemispherical and global implications of sustainable bioenergy production in the Americas. The post-doctoral researcher will work directly with Drs. Sam Sweitz and Kathleen Halvorsen to further the goals of the PIRE project, including data analysis and manuscript preparation (see responsibilities, required/preferred qualifications, and application requirements below). 

    Please see the following for more information on the project:

        http://www.mtu.edu/forest/research/partnerships/pire/

    Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

    The one-and-a-half year position includes a competitive salary of $47,500.00 per year, and includes full benefits and health insurance. All application materials should be sent to Dr. Sam Sweitz at srsweitz@mtu.edu, with the subject line PIRE Post-Doctoral Position. Please request that letters of recommendation be sent directly to Dr. Sweitz under the same subject line.

    Post-Doctoral Responsibilities Include:

    • Analysis and synthesis of collected qualitative and quantitative data;
    • Working with national and international researchers from across the social, natural and engineering sciences on dimensions of sustainable bioenergy development;
    • Preparation of multiple country and cross-country comparison manuscripts, as well as
    • interdisciplinary manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication;
    • Preparation and delivery of project findings at national and international conferences.
    • Assistance to the project director in team management activities.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Have earned a Ph.D. in the Social Sciences or a related field within the last five years;
    • Fluent in Spanish and English;
    • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Interest in renewable energy and sustainability, including a familiarity with bioenergy and biofuel production systems;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Research, publishing, and presentation experience;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as with an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

    Required Application Materials:

    • A current CV;
    • A letter of interest detailing relevant experience, qualifications, and research interests;
    • At least two letters of recommendation, preferably including one from your PhD advisor;
    • A writing sample;
    • Copy of graduate transcript.

        

  • 05 Oct 2016 7:48 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Trainee - Data gathering and database management supporting the life cycle-based environmental impact indicators

    Institution: European Commission Directorate-General Joint Research Center

    Location: Ispra, Italy

    As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

    The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu

    This traineeship will give support to the ongoing assessment of country-scale resource efficiency indicators, developed in the context of a project called Life cycle based indicators. The trainee will contribute to the gathering, management and calculation concerning the dataset underlying the life cycle based environmental impact indicators and the calculation of their performance against planetary boundaries. Data on emission in air, soil and water as well of resource use at EU and global level will be used as basis for calculating potential impacts for 15 impact categories (including climate change, ozone depletion, human toxicity and ecotoxicity, land use, resource depletion etc). The interpretation of the results will be the basis for developing baseline scenarios for policy support.

    Qualifications: 

    Essential:

    • University degree in environmental sciences, ecological economics or environmental engineering;
    • Good knowledge of spoken and written English (Level B2).

    Advantage: 

    Basic knowledge of the following methods and software is an advantage: Life Cycle 2 Assessment, database management software and Geographic Information Systems. 

    For general eligibility requirements, please read the rules governing the traineeship scheme of the JRC: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/working-withus/jobs/temporary-positions/jrc-trainees 

    Click here to apply [Code 2016-IPR-D-000-7726 - ISPRA]

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