Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Sustainability Modelling

Trondheim, Norway
18 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher with competence in quantitative sustainability modelling.

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program managing its own International MSc program and PhD program. 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. The Industrial Ecology Program is well integrated in the international research community through participation in EU projects and participation in professional societies such as the International Society for Industrial Ecology and International Input-Output Association working groups.

Key Faculty members currently serve as lead authors of the IPCC. There is a long tradition in Indecol of working on fundamental model development, in addition to having industrial and policy applications through case studies and tool development. The position seeks to further advance this model development and integration.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position reports to Anders Hammer Strømman (IndEcol). Trondheim is the place of duty.

Job description

The project work for the position relates to the EU H2020 project NAVIGATE. NAVIGATE is principally an Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM) project that looks to improve the state of the art in IAM by considering, amongst others, a better understanding of the material side of the economy, of structural change, and consumer preferences. The project is a collaborative project led by Potsdam Institute for Climate.

The main task of the Postdoctoral Researcher is associated with the development and refinement of scenario modelling in relation to existing input-output (IO) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) approaches. The scenario modelling involves adding dynamics to existing IO and life-cycle inventory work in order to add a forward-looking perspective to the models. The work will build on a range of existing approaches and data previously developed at Indecol, published in a range of journals, up to and including PNAS. The work involves a significant amount of model coupling, both between IO and LCA based models, as well as to the IAM efforts within the broader project. The main outcomes of the work will be a much better understanding of the changes in consumption and technology required (focusing on material intensive sectors) in relation to different socio-economic pathways (in line with varying levels of ambition of climate policy). There should be an opportunity to publish in high-impact and field specific journals (publication throughout the post-doc is expected), as well as to collaborate with leading experts in the field.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Anders Hammer Strømman (  or Professor Richard Wood (

General information on the Industrial Ecology Program is available from our website

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, is required.

The candidate must have a strong modelling background. It is expected that the candidate has undertaken a PhD using IAM, IO or LCA approaches, although we do not discount top candidates from other fields (for example, mathematics or economics) with a strong programming background. We require the candidate to have an exposure to “systems thinking”, and/or macro-level assessments. The candidate must be able to handle large amounts of data, and must be able to program in Python and/or Matlab. Evidence of fast programming skills and clean reproducible code will be looked on favourably. Candidates with some background in Operations Research (and use of GAMS) will be looked on favourably. The candidate needs to have demonstrated competence in writing scientific journal articles, and must be fluent in English (spoken and written).

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, Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Assistant.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated 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

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.

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-128/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 05.04.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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 05.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Jobbnorge ID 167095

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