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Postdoc in LCA for the Blue Bio Economy

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, a position as postdoc in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the Blue Bioeconomy is open for appointment from April 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for 36 months. The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including technical as well as social science aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international, as well as administrative dimensions.

Job description

The postdoc is financed by different innovation projects on the development of new technologies to strengthen the blue bioeconomy, ranging from marine aquaculture to the valorization of algae biomass. The research activities will be carried out in close cooperation with the LCA scientists of the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA) group, as well as in collaboration with other international research partners.

The objective is to assess – in a life cycle perspective – the consequences of developing new methods for valorizing aquatic biomass in integrated value chains, from primary production to processing into innovative products and services. The main challenge in this assessment is answering prospective questions regarding the availability of aquatic biomass in the future and regarding the environmental performance of the proposed emerging technologies when scaled up and integrated into an industrial setting. This analysis requires the combined application of qualitative and quantitative approaches to identify and describe future technological and resource availability scenarios, to understand and quantify the impacts of new technologies, and to work extensively with uncertainty analysis.

The postdoc will have following tasks, in cooperation with staff from the LCA group:

  • Perform prospective life cycle assessment of emerging technologies in the blue bioeconomy domain
  • Focus explicitly on quantitative approaches for consequential modelling and uncertainty analysis
  • Combine the above with qualitative stakeholder involvement approaches such as workshops and interviews for scenario development
  • Produce high-level scientific publications on these topics
  • Collaborate with other researchers in international consortiums (travel to attend meetings in EU is expected)
  • Optionally: participate in the preparation of research applications, participate in teaching activities, as well as take formal training in teaching.
Required qualifications:
  • PhD degree in sustainability science, environmental engineering, or related field is preferred
  • Strong LCA background. Experience with consequential LCA is an advantage
  • Experience with assessment of new technologies is an advantage, as well as previous experience working in the blue bioeconomy domain (from aquaculture to algae processing) and bioeconomy in general
  • Skills in python / R programming is a plus
  • Excellent scientific communication & scientific writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, and a drive to create own novel research direction

DCEA is an interdisciplinary and gender-balanced research group working with environmental assessment, its researchers have a variety of backgrounds ranging from environmental science and engineering to economics and sociology, and are skilled in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research, from modelling and data analysis to stakeholder involvement and surveying.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Massimo Pizzol, +45 9940 8369, +45 2067 5275, massimo@plan.aau.dk .

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.

The application must contain the following:

  • 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. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

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. 


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.   

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Fri Feb 14 00:00:00 CET 2020

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