Senior Scientist / Scientist - Ecological economics, environmental footprints and sustainability

Søknadsfrist: 10.12.2020


NILU - Norsk institutt for luftforskning skal gjennom forskning øke forståelsen for prosesser og effekter knyttet til atmosfærens sammensetning, klimaendringer, luftkvalitet og miljøgifter.

NILU har en sterk posisjon nasjonalt og internasjonalt, og er innenfor utvalgte fagfelt blant de ledende fagmiljøer i verden. NILU har ca. 165 ansatte.

About the position

There is an open, permanent position as a senior scientist/scientist on ecological economics, environmental footprints, and sustainability at NILU, within the Department of Environmental Impacts and Sustainability (IMPACT).

The ideal candidate will be able to expand NILU’s activities on the development of sustainable solutions and to provide perspective and competence on (socio-)economic drivers of production and consumption and associated emissions and impacts. This includes contributing to the development and application of methods to determine the environmental footprint of products and industrial processes.

As NILU is a non-governmental applied research foundation, the candidate needs to contribute in project acquisition and to support the needs for undertaking various externally funded projects.

You need to have excellent communication and collaboration skills, and have strong focus on teamwork and teambuilding to align with your colleagues at NILU and with external partners. 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. Travel activities are to be expected as part of the work

Job Description

  • Contribute to the department’s research and work on systemic transitions to a sustainable and circular economy, with focus on (socio-)economic drivers of production and consumption
  • Contribute to the application and development of interdisciplinary models for environmental and carbon footprints of products and systems to, e.g., support policies and business development
  • Lead project acquisition and participate in national and international projects
  • Disseminate research results, including publishing in the peer-reviewed literature


  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. ecological economics, environmental engineering, industrial ecology, environmental economics, system dynamics)
  • Experience in the use, development and interpretation of economic models
  • Experience in the development and use of environmentally extended MRIO models and/or Life Cycle Assessment models is an advantage
  • Experience with publication of scientific research in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience in acquisition and leadership of international and/or national research projects at the level of project coordinator or work package leader (e.g. Research Council of Norway and European projects)
  • A wide industrial network is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of English, both oral and written – knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage

We offer

  • Stimulating, collaborative and international working environment where colleagues have broad experience and complementary competence
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of existing projects as well as develop a personal research agenda within the overall department strategy
  • Open source and open access philosophy regarding software and data
  • Flexible working hours
  • Excellent pension, welfare, and insurance schemes, and a competitive salary

Application and enquiries

Informal enquiries about the available position can be directed to:

The application must include (as a single complete PDF file):

  • Application letter including a statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and degrees

Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

We perform a background check in our recruiting process.

Details about NILU can be found at www.nilu.no.

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