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Postdoc in life cycle assessment (LCA) using parameterised production functions

At the Technical Faculty for IT and Design, Department of Planning, a position as Postdoc is available at the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA). The position is available from August 1st 2021 or soon thereafter. The position is available until December 31st 2022 with the possibility of extension. The location of work will be either Aalborg or Copenhagen. At Department of Planning, we have about 200 employees situated at the Aalborg and Copenhagen campuses. The department provides high-quality research and teaching in the field of planning, technology and society in order to create a more sustainable future. We are interdisciplinary in the technical, natural and social science disciplines and present a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technological solutions merge with the needs of society. Our research creates the foundation for educating the future workforce, and as part of Aalborg University, the department rests on a socially engaging and problem-oriented approach. It is also at Department of Planning that the UNESCO Center for Problem-Based Learning is at home. That helps ensure, we create educations aimed at the job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitization, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

Job description

The position is part of the research project “Getting the data right” for climate footprints, a 2+2 year research project led by Aalborg University. 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.

The postdoc will work with:

  • Development of automated procedures for harvesting and processing data for parameterisation 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)

We expect that you:

  • Have a relevant PhD degree in economics, data science, or engineering, 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 Massimo Pizzol, phone +45 9940 8369, e-mail massimo@plan.aau.dk

For more information about living in Denmark and Aalborg University’s international staff support, see https://www.isu.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.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed 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 

Aalborg University provides outstanding research and education. For the third year in a row we have placed Europe's best and the world's fourth best engineering university on the list of "Best Global Universities" published by the U.S. News & World Report. Our research and educations are multidisciplinary and build on close collaborations with business and industry. This also comes from our world-renowned PBL teaching model, which is based on solving the problems of reality. These collaborations and our acknowledged research contribute new insights, new solutions to societal matters and knowledge that are changing the world. More than 20,000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, of which over 10% are international students from various countries worldwide. To support them, we have 3500 employees, divided between Aalborg University's main campus in Aalborg and our departments in Copenhagen and Esbjerg.

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

2021-224-03461

Deadline

Wed May 26 00:00:00 CEST 2021

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