PhD Candidate in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Alesund, Norway
14 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of International Business has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for decision making in low trophic level fisheries capture. The position is anchored at NTNU in Ålesund and is part of the multi-partner SFI Harvest project – Technologies for sustainable biomarine value creation. We are looking for candidates with a background or experience within at least one of the following areas: Environmental Sciences, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Sustainability, hereunder knowledge about environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools, and further understand challenges related to their usability and potential for further development in value chains of fisheries.

Monitoring and evaluating the sustainability of new value chains within the biomarine sector is important to give decision makers the tools to make equitable choices, which balance environmental, social, and economic interests and reduce adverse effects from the adoption of new technologies in the pursual of low trophic level species. The LCA-methodology should be further developed to cover economic and social aspects and combined into a framework for life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of the marine sector.

To build an affective sustainability impact assessment tool, knowledge and expertise from SFI Harvest partners will be drawn on to understand the likely impacts related to this biomarine value chain. Similarly, a decision-support tool will be developed in collaboration with SFI Harvest partners to ensure that it is fit for a change of the business model to include sustainability, and meaningful to relevant stakeholders.

The goal of the project is to develop a sustainability impact assessment tool and decision-support tool to allow effective decision making around new technologies and developments associated with low trophic level fisheries capture.

About the SFI Harvest

SFI Harvest brings together pioneering shipowners, key technology providers, large producers of raw materials and feed for the aquaculture sector, stakeholders, SINTEF Ocean, and other strong research groups, including AMOS (the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems). The innovations will enable precise and efficient capture and processing of mesopelagic species, zooplankton, and phytoplankton.

Duties of the position

To build a prospective and comprehensive life cycle sustainability assessment tool for lower trophic level fisheries capture business models, providing decision-support to projects and industrial partners throughout the R&D process.

The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to review, design, analysis and testing of the sustainability assessment tool in cooperation with project partners. The main purpose of the PhD is to provide a sustainability assessment tool which can be used in decision making.

Research activities will revolve around:

  • Reviewing fisheries capture business models and value chains which correspond to sustainable governance and management.
  • Working with partners to assess the applicability of existing sustainability assessment tools.
  • Building a life cycle sustainability assessment tool for lower trophic level fisheries.
  • Validation and calibration of the resultant tool in collaboration with SFI Harvest partners.
  • Developing a decision-making framework to support the sustainability assessment tool.
  • Testing the decision-making framework with key stakeholders from SFI Harvest.
  • Dissemination of results through peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Other activities

  • Participation in activities organized by SFI Harvest partners.
  • Working closely with researchers across project work packages.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background Environmental Studies or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The position requires excellent English oral and writing skills. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

Knowledge of Norwegian or other Scandinavian language will contribute positively to the evaluation of the applicant.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. This also applies to applications from candidates originating from countries covered by ITAR or “Electronic Code of Federal Regulations”.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Good knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment methodologies
  • Understanding of how the ocean fishing sector affects the environment and the society
  • Good theoretical and analytical skills
  • Good communications skills

Extra requirements:

  • Have experience of interviewing focus groups and running stakeholder workshops

Personal characteristics

  • Enthusiastic and ambitious
  • Self-motivated, focused and goal-oriented
  • Ability to solve complex technical tasks independently
  • Ability to collaborate both within the discipline and across other discipline

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without required teaching duties.

The position is connected to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Economics and Management. As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application must include:

  • Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD
  • A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  • Academic work (not master thesis). 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.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application.

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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.

The city of Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed Professor Dr. Annik Magerholm Fet - / +47 70161656

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

Application deadline: 28.01.202

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 International Business

We are part of the Ålesund Campus. The Department’s core expertise, in which marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role, is closely linked to the region’s needs. We also conduct research and teaching in economics, business administration, marketing, commercial and management subjects.  Together with local business and industry, we have created a research laboratory to enable research and development in service innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and technology. The Department of International Business is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management

Deadline 28th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Ålesund