Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Trondheim, Norway
09 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) and the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PostDoc to work on further developing our modelling of the global economy using multi-regional input-output models and hybrid LCA-IO models and data bases.

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. General information on the industrial ecology program is available from our website  

Technological lock-ins provide a significant challenge to a rapid transition to a low-carbon society. Coal-fired power stations with lifetimes of 40 years are a classic example of a technological lock-in (estimated at some 300 billion tonnes of CO2 of future emissions from the current stock). However, examples pervade society from the efficiency of the housing stock, to industry and even computational services.

Current versions of macro-economic models used in modelling sustainable consumption and the circular economy do not have adequate stock-cohort models. Perpetual Inventory Models are used in economic statistics to estimate the economic service of a capital stock, but this is currently not included in economy-wide physical modelling.
In this work, a mechanistic, data-driven approach will be developed to model stock-cohort relationships for macro-economic sectors using available economic data, linking to physical statistics. The work will be driven by the understanding of the changing nature of production-consumption links and the role of globalization in displacing impacts.

We are specifically asking for a post-doc who has good technical modelling, capable of processing large volumes of data and generating complex modelling relationships. The work will pick up on the empirical work previously undertaken by the group, and move it forwards with a mix of theoretical and empirical estimation. It specifically focusses on understanding the temporal dynamic of our economic system, fitting into the broader strategy of developing scenario modelling capabilities towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


The candidate should have

  • PhD degree in industrial ecology, economics, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communications skills are essential.
  • Competence in a mathematical modeling tool (e.g., MatLab or GAMS), interface programming and database management are required.
  • Prior knowledge of life-cycle assessment and input-output modeling is required.
  • Evidence of high quality scientific publication is reauired.
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required.

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 485 700 per annum before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The appointment of the Postdoctoral fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

The Postdoctoral fellowship is awarded for 2 years.

For further information, please contact Professor Richard Wood

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Persons with immigrant background are encouraged to apply. NTNU´s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions. Female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates, copies of transcripts and two reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at 

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Application deadline is March 15th, 2018

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About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of energy and process engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 148643
  • Internal ID 2018/6195
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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