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1+ Postdoc Position in Life Cycle Assessment, Getting the Data Right Project – Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark

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Aalborg University invites applications for a position as a Postdoctoral researcher in life cycle assessment is available at the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA). Faculty for IT and Design, Department of Planning, Denmark. Job opportunities for PhD degree in data science, engineering, or economics.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1+
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Technical Faculty for IT and Design
Department of Planning
Aalborg University (AAU)
Aalborg Denmark

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Qualification Details

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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The positions are part of the KR Foundation grant “Getting the Data Right”: 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 all 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

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: 2021-224-03774
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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.

About the Department

The Department of Planning works with planning, technology and society and focuses on creating a more sustainable future. The department is interdisciplinary in technical, natural and social science disciplines and presents a unique combination of social and technological understanding where digital and technical solutions merge with the needs of the society.

Our research and teaching focusses on sustainability including sustainable transition, design, circular economy, consumption and production, environmental assessment, technological assessment, energy planning, marine management, surveying, land use and problem based learning.

We provide research-based teaching in a number of educations. Among these, we have Urban, energy and environmental planning, Techno-Anthropology, Sustainable design and Surveying.

In this way our research creates the foundation for educating the young people of tomorrow, and as part of Aalborg University, the department relies on a socially engaging and problem based learning approach that helps ensure, we create educations aimed at the job market and a society with increasing focus on technology, digitisation, sustainability and partnerships for a sustainable transition.

For more information about the department.

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About the Employer: Aalborg University (AAU)


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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Contact details

You may obtain further professional information from Associate professor Jannick Schmidt, phone +45 9940 8316, e-mail

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


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