Postdoctor in Industrial Ecology Program

Trondheim, Norway
06 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a PostDoc to 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.

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. The objective of the work is to develop and apply a combined Industrial Ecology and Integrated Assessment Modelling framework 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). 

Trondheim is the place of duty. The selected candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team, interact with researchers of different nationalities, and have the opportunity to present scientific papers at conferences and workshops and become part of a global research network.  


The candidate should have a PhD degree in integrated assessment/ energy-economic modelling, industrial ecology, economics, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics. Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communication skills are essential. Competence in a mathematical modeling/optimization tool (e.g., MatLab, GAMS), data processing tools (e.g., R, MatLab) and data management experience are required. Prior knowledge of life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis and/or input-output modeling is a strong asset. Programming skills in R and/or Python is highly desirable to work with an existing IAM.

The applicant must be fluent in English. 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). Competence in Norwegian is of advantage as Evidence of high quality scientific publication is mandatory.


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.

Further information on the positions can be obtained from Professor Anders Hammer Stømman ( or Professor Volker Krey (

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

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

Mark the application with IV-205/18.

Application deadline is 19 August 2018

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  • Deadline Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering
  • Jobbnorge ID 155278
  • Internal ID 2018/21704
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term

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