PostDoc, Multiregional input-output model development and impact assessment

EXIOBASE and LC-IMPACT  are two major pillars of the digital research infrastructure of the Industrial Ecology Programme as well as of the Industrial Ecology community (together over 80,000 downloads in the last years). The successful applicant will take responsibility for maintaining and extending this infrastructure, with a focus on Open Science/FAIR data and code management. The outcome of this process will be a fully automated, parallelized data pipeline integrated into the NTNU digital infrastructure (OpenStack and HPC cluster). Another major part of the work will be the further increase of the uptake of these databases through web-presence development, development and end-user focused software and workshops/presentations of these at relevant conferences.

EXIOBASE and LC-IMPACT are crucial for two upcoming EU-fundend projects (RAINFOREST and BAMBOO, both led by NTNU) which focus on mitigating biodiversity loss caused by global (non-)food and biomass production systems. Together with the project teams, the PostDoc will identify synergies between the projects and integrate novel methods developed in these projects into the data-pipelines of EXIOBASE and LC-IMPACT. There will be opportunity to contribute to and coauthor deliverables from these projects.

IndEcol is a pioneer in the development and application of industrial ecology methods, as well as the use of large data sets and scientific computing in industrial ecology. We focus on understanding resource use and environmental pollution associated with human activities, assessing the environmental aspects of different technologies and modeling society’s use of materials. IndEcol combines world-class competence in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Input-Output analysis (IO), and Material Flow Analysis (MFA) with scientists’ contribution to IPCC assessment reports, the International Resource Panel, active participation in the Life Cycle Initiative hosted by Un Environment, and numerous publications featured in high-ranked journals. IndEcol hosts its own International MSc program and contributes to NTNU’s engineering education. The research team consisting of eight faculty members, the Industrial Ecology Digital Laboratory, and about 70 researchers, and PhDs.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The work will be done under the guidance of Dr. Konstantin Stadler and academic supervision of Professors Edgar Hertwich, Richard Wood and Francesca Verones.

Trondheim is the place of duty.

Selection criteria: 

  • IO or LCA, quantitative sustainability background
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent coding skills and familiarity with the Python scientific stack (Numpy, Pandas, etc.)
  • Research competence and productivity, demonstrated through research output

Duties of the position

  • Maintain, refine and extend the EXIOBASE and LC-IMPACT data pipeline

  • Translate and integrate previous MatLAB scripts into Python

  • Integrate methodological outcomes of previous and current projects into both data-pipelines

  • Draft and submit scientific manuscripts and present at scientific conferences

  • Developing, improving, and revising documentation, web-presence and visualizations

  • Identify novel research topics and lead publications efforts

  • Co-supervise PhD and Master’s students.

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  • Application deadline: Feb 12, 2023
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Industrial Ecology Programme
  • Trondheim, Norway
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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