Experienced LCA-researcher

Deadline: 12.10.2023


SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest research institutes, offering specialist multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology and the natural and social sciences. SINTEF is an independent foundation that since 1950 has generated innovation by means of research and development projects for the private and public sectors both in Norway and overseas.

SINTEF has 2,100 employees from 80 countries and an annual turnover of more than NOK three billion. SINTEF invests any profits into further research and innovation. 

Our vision: Technology for a better society.

Read more about SINTEF here.

SINTEF Ocean is one of the six institutes that make up SINTEF. We conduct research and generate innovation in the field of ocean space for both Norwegian and international industries. Our ambition is to advance Norway’s leading position in the fields of marine engineering and biomarine research. We work closely with the business sector and the public authorities to develop tomorrow’s sustainable solutions for exploitation of the oceans. Our head office is in Trondheim, and we have branch offices in Tromsø, Oslo, Ålesund, Bergen and Hirtshals in Denmark. 

Are you interested in developing solutions on climate and sustainability challenges related to ocean industries and the ocean?

We are looking for a new team member in Trondheim. 

The department and research group:

The research group Climate and Sustainability is a newly formed group at the Department of Climate and Environment in SINTEF Ocean. We perform analyses and develop models and tools, to provide knowledge about and give decision support on governance, economics, environmental (including biodiversity) and climate effects. We work on stakeholder engagement within the context of the ocean and coastal economy and its related ecosystem goods and services. The group is based in Trondheim, but we also have employees in Tromsø and Bergen. 

We use a variety of methods like macro-economics, value chain modelling, LCA, MFA, System Dynamics, and participatory workshops, combined with technology and industrial expertise. We focus on interdisciplinary research and use a systems perspective in our work.

We now need to expand our team with an experienced LCA researcher.

Main work tasks:

  • Scientific work and project management, in close collaboration with our customers and partners in Norway and abroad.

  • Perform analyses and develop tools and models for decision support for societal and industrial challenges in the ocean economy by combining technological, economic, environmental and socio-political aspects.

  • Establish new projects and networks for SINTEF.

  • Project development (from initiating ideas and proposals to project management) 

  • Communicate and publish research work and results 

The ideal candidates will be able to expand the group's activities on developing solutions for current environmental challenges within the ocean industries. 

We are looking for candidates that: 

  • Have a minimum of master's degree, preferably a PhD. 

  • Have documented advanced experience with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental sustainability analysis. Preferably also previous experience in using open-source LCA software. 

  • Have some knowledge in other methods like environmentally extended MRIO models and/or, Material Flow Accounting, Integrated Assessment Modelling, System Dynamics, Economics 

  •  Experience in a modern programming language, preferably Python, is essential alongside data analysis. 

  • Are able to work on several initiatives and projects simultaneously 

  • Have engagement, willingness, and desire to develop a strong research community together with the team 

  • Are curious, enterprising and creative

  • Are team players 

  • Have good communication skills, preferably in both English and Norwegian. 

  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.

We offer

  • Unique opportunities for professional and personal growth 

  • A varied and flexible working day 

  • Challenging research tasks in a team of internationally renowned experts 

  • Well-established national and international scientific and industrial networks 

  • A work environment with skilful, experienced, and creative colleagues, 60 % have a PhD 

  • A good social environment, a large degree of autonomy 

  • Competitive salary (subject to qualifications) 

  • Particularly good pension and insurance schemes, welfare schemes

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