Scientist on Life Cycle Assessment

Deadline: 11.10.2022

Norwegian Institute for Air Research

At NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, our greatest strength is our outstanding employees. They contribute to NILU’s leading position both nationally and internationally – and to a pleasant working environment.

We do research from pole to pole – from Zeppelin in Svalbard to Trollhaugen in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, sustainable transitions and environmental toxins – as well as how all these factors affect health and the environment. Every year, NILU performs hundreds of research commissions, large and small, for public and private customers, in Norway and internationally.

NILU is an independent research foundation with no owners who collect dividends. Instead, all profits are reinvested in operating and developing research services that benefit society. We place great emphasis on open research, open publishing, and open source code – because knowledge is meant to be shared.

At NILU, all employees are equal, regardless of gender, age, disability, creed/philosophy of life, language, cultural differences and sexual orientation. We respect and value individual characteristics, and do not accept any form of discrimination.

About the position

NILU’s internationally leading climate and environmental research contributes to solving societal challenges towards sustainable development. A key and growing activity area of our work focuses on supporting the transition to a more sustainable and circular economy.

We are therefore seeking a (junior) scientist to support our research and development work on Life Cycle Assessment at the Department of Environmental Impacts and Sustainability (IMPACT) at NILU. IMPACT has a multi-disciplinary and dynamic team supporting the transition to a sustainable society and circular economy, with a strong focus on minimizing impacts on the environment, health and climate. We have extensive collaboration with the European Environment Agency, national and international research institutes and universities, through a variety of nationally and internationally funded projects.

The candidate will support senior scientists at the department in a variety of projects where Life Cycle Assessment is required and will be instrumental in extending the capacity of the department to perform Environmental Product Declarations.

The positions preferred work location is Trondheim, but depending on the candidates competence profile and personal preferences NILUs main office at Kejller can be discussed as an alternative work location.

Duties of the position

  • Develop Life Cycle Assessments in projects for the European Commission and Research Council of Norway. Likely topics include energy generation technologies, electrical and electronic equipment, plastics, waste management, mobility, buildings and infrastructure, and nanomaterials and nano-enabled products;
  • Support in expanding capacity of the team to develop type III environmental declarations (i.e. Environmental Product Declarations or EPDs);
  • Aid in the management of life cycle inventories established throughout NILUs historic projects;
  • Aid in content creation and visualization to disseminate results to a wide audience;
  • Contribute to the department work on project acquisition, dissemination, and networking.


  • Masters or PhD degree in a relevant field (industrial ecology, environmental sciences/engineering, industrial engineering and product design);
  • Experience with performing LCAs and/or EPDs (using LCA software packages such as Brightway2, Simapro, or OpenLCA);
  • Knowledge of environmental compliance frameworks such as EN 15804, ISO 14025, ISO 21930 is an advantage;
  • Experience with data science in one or several programming languages, e.g. Python, R, or Julia;
  • Experience with complex data visualization is an advantage;
  • Experience with other relevant methods such as environmentally extended MRIO models and/or Material Flow Analysis is an advantage;
  • Excellent management and communication skills, including good knowledge of English, both oral and written – knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage.

We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainably society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, and excellent pension and insurance schemes. Salary is competitive.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 175 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town.

Application process

Informal enquiries about the available position can be directed to senior scientists Dr. Evert Bouman ([email protected]) and Dr. Gaylord Booto ([email protected]), or Research Director Dr. Cristina Guerreiro ([email protected]).

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education and, if applicable, previous positions held)
  • Copies of educational certificates and degrees

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