Vacant positions

One or more postdoc in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Do you want to be part of the team setting the state-of-art agenda for climate calculations of the future? At the Technical Faculty for IT and Design, Department of Planning, one or more positions as Postdoc is available at the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA). The position is available from January 1 2022 or soon thereafter and until December 31 2023 with the possibility of extension. The location of work will be either Aalborg or Copenhagen.

Job description

The positions are part of the KR Foundation grant “Getting the Data Right”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53f0WBtjUcc. The aim of the project is to provide a globally unique virtual lab and database tool for quantitative assessment of the climate effects of decision alternatives, popularly speaking ‘a climate footprint generator’, and a mechanism to ensure its continuous maintenance. Specifically, the project will update and expand the EXIOBASE hybrid LCA database

You will be part of the team setting the state-of-art agenda for climate calculations of the future, and if you are interested in making use of much more data than are used for LCA today, quantitative climate information or mass flow analysis of global production systems, one of these position may be the right one for you.

We offer positions in the following areas:

1) Quantitative Climate information and its uncertainty.

Within this area you will work on topics applied to large global input-output models for climate footprints, e.g.
uncertainty specification for raw data, uncertainty propagation and uncertainty presentation.

2) Development of automated procedures within LCA database

Development of automated procedures for harvesting and processing data for parameterization of production functions, i.e. the inputs and outputs of production processes, with the aim of increasing product/activity detail in input-output based models for life cycle assessment (examples: harvesting data from international statistics to detailing and updating agricultural, forestry, energy and transport sectors, the use of energy statistics and coefficient data to estimate fuel/energy intensities and mixes of different sectors, the use of the chemical reactions and balances to sub-divide the chemical industries).

Development of procedures to include new technologies (examples: electric vehicles, phasing out certain energy supply systems, change in working setups from physical presence to increasingly working online, cap on beef consumption, new agricultural practices such as taking out peat soils, organic waste management and carbon capture such as biochar production)

3) Mass flow analysis of global production systems

You will work on the following topics applied to large global input-output models for climate footprints:

  • Automated procedure for harvesting of global data sources on physical supply and use of resources, product, wastes and emissions, as well as temporal stock changes.
  • Simultaneous balancing of supply use tables in multiple layers, each with a specific physical or monetary dimension
For alle three areas it will be an advantage if you: 
  • Hold a relevant PhD degree in data science, engineering, or economics, or similar scientific qualifications
  • Have experience with programming (python)
  • Have experience with complex quantitative modelling
  • Have a high level of English language and communication skills, both in writing and verbally

You may obtain further professional information from Associate professor Jannick Schmidt, phone +45 9940 8316, e-mail jannick@plan.aau.dk


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Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

Your application must contain the following: 

  • A clear indication of which of the areas you want to work in. 
  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 7553. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 

Agreement

Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

Vacancy number

2021-224-03774

Deadline

07/11/2021

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