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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.
  • 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;
    • 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.


    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. 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 ( 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 (, 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.


    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.


    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 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:

    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, 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:

    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.



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


    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: 

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

  • 05 Oct 2016 7:38 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Energy Conservation PhD Research Assistantships at Michigan Technological University

    Institution: Environmental and Energy Policy at Michigan Technological University (MTU)

    Location: Houghton, Michigan, USA

    Deadline: November 1, 2016

    Drs. Chelsea Schelly and Kathleen Halvorsen seek motivated applicants for two fully funded three-year research assistantship positions available for students pursuing a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy at Michigan Technological University (MTU).

    Students will be involved in a National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NSF INFEWS) funded interdisciplinary research project.  The project focuses on understanding and seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conservation of household-scale food, energy, and water. It involves multiple social science research methods and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across the United States and the Netherlands in social, natural, and engineering sciences.

    Successful applicants will have strong communication, organizational, and quantitative and qualitative social science research skills with a passionate interest in studying social dimensions of energy policy.  They should be willing to travel internationally and to work in a highly interdisciplinary scientific team.

     To apply for this position, please send Dr. Chelsea Schelly your CV and a 1-page letter describing your interest and qualifications by November 1st, 2016. Please put “PhD Assistantship” in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin on November 2nd and continue until this position is filled. The PhD assistantship at MTU includes a stipend, tuition, and most fees for three full years with the possibility of a fourth year of funding on a teaching assistantship.  The selected student will complete their PhD in the Environmental and Energy Policy in the Social Sciences Department at MTU. Application to the graduate program is a separate process with a February 15th deadline. The start date is fall 2017.  Questions are welcome – contact Chelsea at

    MTU has a strong focus on the interdisciplinary study of environmental problems, particularly in the areas of energy, water, and climate change.  It was the 2016 host of the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) - the premier conference on society and natural resources.  The university is in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, surrounded by Lake Superior and exceptional hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities.

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

    Title: FG IV Policy / Scientific Officer - Product Policy Analysis Group

    Institution: European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Center

    Location: Seville, Spain

    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). 

    The product policy supporting group, as part of the Circular Economy and Industrial Leadership Unit, is looking for researchers to contribute to the support of environmental product policies. The group supports the implementation of the EU's Ecolabel Regulation (EC 66/2010), the EC communication on Green Public procurement (COM (2008)400), the ErP Directive (2009/125/EC) and the Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU). 


    We are looking for an environmental scientist or an engineer with a good knowledge of environmental analysis and techno-economic evaluation. 

    It is important to have a good understanding of the environmental impacts related to consumer products, with a view to their whole life cycle. 

    Experience with life cycle assessment tools and methods is desirable. Knowledge of environmental legislation in the EU and in the Member States; as well as a thorough knowledge of general product policies at EU level are an advantage. 

    Experience with market analysis is an asset. 

    It is important to have an open mind and positive attitude with the ability to assess submitted information; and to contribute to expert discussions and meetings as well as to be able to communicate and discuss with high level representatives. The successful candidate will be self motivated and able to conduct a project to deadlines. 

    The scientist must have a PhD or a minimum of 5 years of professional experience after university studies of at least 3 years in a relevant field. 

    A very good level (C1) of written and spoken English is essential and knowledge of at least one other EU language is compulsory. 

    Indicative duration 12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years 

    Please click here for a more detailed description.

    Please click here to apply. (code: 2016-SVQ-B5-FGIV-7665)

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

    Title: Graduate Sustainability Consultant

    Institution: Edge Environment

    Location: Sydney, Australia

    Deadline: October 3, 2016

    Status: Full–time (3-month contract with opportunity for extension)

    The Role: Edge Environment is seeking a motivated, personable and confident person with a passion for sustainability and a background in science, environmental engineering or waste management. It’s a practical position that will contribute to a range of Edge Environment’s projects that deliver real change to the way that small, medium and large enterprises do business in NSW. The responsibilities of this role are:

    • Assisting the delivery of NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Circulate Program and related work in waste auditing, resource efficiency and industrial ecology. This aspect of the position is hands-on involving looking at waste composition.
    • Assisting Edge’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) teams supporting project delivery with research and database development. 

    Please visit the original job posting for more details 

  • 03 Oct 2016 10:43 AM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Postdoctoral Research Position in Climate Change

    Institution: University of California - Los Angeles

    Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

    Deadline: November 30, 2016

    UCLA is looking for postdoctoral researchers for the year 2017-2018 to conduct social science research on climate change at the Center for Corporate Environmental Performance (CCEP) in the Institute of the Environment.

    CCEP projects focus on areas such as energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility and corporate performance, greening supply chains, and Eco-Labeling.

    The candidate will work with Professor Magali Delmas and other professors at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and the Anderson School of Management.

    Relevant disciplines are economics, business strategy, organizational behavior, and operations management but others can be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative analytical skills.

    The postdoc program is through the NatureNet Science Fellows program in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy. Postdoctoral researchers at UCLA will develop social science research in the area of corporate sustainability and or/energy conservation and climate change.

    The NatureNet Science Fellows program offers additional benefits to postdoctoral researchers such as working with a Nature Conservancy mentor and training in science communication and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

    If you are interested, please follow the Nature Conservancy guidelines and state that you are interested in working at the Center for Corporate Environmental Performance at UCLA.

    See guidelines here

    How to Apply

    Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2016 at this link

    Accepted candidates will be notified by February 28, 2017. Funds are available for fellows to start on approximately July 1, 2017

  • 01 Oct 2016 7:44 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

    Title: Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering or Structural Engineering

    Institution: University of Colorado Denver

    Location: Denver, Colorado, US

    The Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of either Environmental Engineering or Structural Engineering. The preferred start date is August 2017.

    Reporting to the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department, this position is expected to develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses at all levels, establish and maintain an active, externally funded research program; conduct high quality research involving graduate students, leading to sponsored research and refereed publications; advise students; and contribute to Department, College, and University governance and to the profession.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field
    • Technical competencies and commitment related to the teaching of fundamental as well as advanced courses
    • Ability and commitment to pursue and establish externally funded research programs

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Ability to work effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students and faculty
    • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
    • Team oriented, interested and committed to strengthening existing programs

    With respect to the candidate's expertise:
    For Structural Engineering: the candidate's expertise will strengthen and complement the current Structural Engineering program in bridge engineering, sustainable structural systems, and the performance evaluation of constructed facilities. Examples include advanced numerical modeling, data science, experimental techniques, resilient infrastructure, next generation structural materials and applications, non-destructive evaluation, and extreme events such as structural fire. Preference will be given to those who can conduct interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research activities, based on a dynamic technical background.

    For Environmental Engineering: the candidate's expertise will strengthen and complement the current Environmental and Sustainability Engineering program in energy engineering & analysis, systems analysis & life cycle assessment, climate & environmental decision-making. Any aspect of environment, energy and/or sustainability will be considered: Examples include (but not limited to) water-waste water treatment, air pollution control, waste-to-energy, geoenvironmental engineering, emerging contaminants, global sustainability, industrial ecology, renewable energy, systems & life cycle thinking applied to water-food-energy nexus, and health & environmental implications of emerging technologies. Expertise in integrating sustainability concepts in engineering design and analysis is desirable. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary research with clear impacts on societal challenges.

    Applications are accepted electronically at (refer to job posting #06539)

    When applying, applicants must include:
    1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
    2) A current CV/resume
    3) The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references
    4) Statement of teaching philosophy
    5) Statement of research plan
    6) Two representative publications

    Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chairs: Dr. Arun Karunanithi (; 303-556-2370) for Environmental Engineering and Dr. Jimmy Kim (; 303-352-3653) for Structural Engineering

    Screening of applications will begin on September 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received before December 1, 2016.

    Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

    More information about the College of Engineering and Applied Science is available through CU Denver website.

    More information about the University is available through

    Apply Here:

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