Postdoctoral Fellow In Integrated Assessment Modelling

Trondheim, Norway
15 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 2 year Postdoctoral Fellow at the Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) with the Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

The PostDoc will work on the intersection of Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM) and Industrial Ecology methods, like Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and Input-Output Analysis (IOA). The research will be undertaken in close collaboration with NTNUs Energy Transition Programme and is financed by NTNU Sustainability.

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program managing its own International MSc program and PhD program. IndEcol has a high reputation within the field as evidenced by a high-profile international evaluation. IndEcol is well recognized for its work in the areas of life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis, and the use of input-output analysis for environmental assessments, as evidenced by numerous publications and international prizes.

NTNU Energy transition is established in order to build a world leading research programme focused on strategies for the transition to a future sustainable energy system. Our research objective is to explore different alternatives for the future energy mix and corresponding transition pathways that may lead us to a low carbon society.

The head of the department is Professor Terese Løvås. The positions day-to-day project management and supervision is by Professors Anders Hammer Strømman and Volker Krey.

Job description

The objective of the work is to develop and apply a combined Industrial Ecology and Integrated Assessment Modelling framework based on the open source MESSAGEix framework, developed at IIASA  that allows for the simultaneous assessment of climate change mitigation and circular economy related aspects, pertaining to the transition of energy and transport sector and its interface with the materials and manufacturing sectors. While also keeping a broader perspective on other environmental indicators across multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in integrated assessment/ energy-economic modelling, economics, industrial ecology, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

  • We are specifically asking for a post-doc who has good technical modelling skills, capable of processing large volumes of data and generating complex modelling relationships.
  • Competence in mathematical modeling and optimization (e.g., XPRESS, GAMS), data processing tools (e.g., R, MatLab, Python) and data management experience is required. Programming skills in R and/or Python are highly desirable.
  • Prior knowledge of life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis and/or input-output modeling is a strong asset.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communication skills are essential. In addition, the applicant must be fluent in English.
  • Competence in Norwegian is of advantage as Trondheim is the place of duty.
  • Evidence of high quality scientific publications is mandatory.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Anders Hammer Strømman, e-mail or Adjunct Professor Volker Krey, email

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-67/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.03.2019

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 01.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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