2 postdoc positions in Life cycle assessment (LCA), Aalborg University, Denmark

    2 postdoc positions in Life cycle assessment (LCA), Aalborg University, Denmark

    2 postdoc positions in Life cycle assessment (LCA), at the Technical Faculty for IT and Design, Department of Planning, at the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), Aalborg University, Denmark


    Deadline to Apply

    May 26, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    Overview

    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)2
    Research Area– Data mangement
    – Life cycle assessment
    – Economics
    – Data science
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceTechnical Faculty for IT and Design
    Department of Planning
    Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA)
    Aalborg University
    Denmark
    Contract Period1 Year with the possibility of extension
    Starting dateAug 1, 2021

    Qualifications

    • 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 experience with large-scale data management
    • Have a high level of English language and communication skills, both in writing and verbally

    Postdoc in Data management (life cycle assessment)

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The position is part of the research project “Getting the data right” for climate footprints, a 2+2year 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:

    • Harvesting and processing data for parameterisation of production functions, i.e., the inputs and outputs of production processes, thereby 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 automated procedures for plausibility checks and data quality assessment (examples: definition of expected lower and upper limits of data points, automated mass/energy/economic balance checks, automated assigning data quality indicators based on various metadata.

    Postdoc in Parameterization of the Production Functions

    Responsibilities/ 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)

    How to Apply?

    The applications are only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above.

    Documents Required

    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.

    About Department of Planning

     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.

    Note

    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.   

    Inquiries

    Associate professor Massimo Pizzol
    Phone: +45 9940 8369
    E-mail: massimo@plan.aau.dk

    Official advertisement

    POSTDOC IN DATA MANAGEMENT FOR LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA)

    POSTDOC IN LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) USING PARAMETERISED PRODUCTION FUNCTIONS

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday May 27th, 2021 (GMT+9)