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Application deadline: 15th May 2021

ConsumptionSalary: € 28,000-32,000, depending on experience and skills. Vacation days, parental leave and medical coverage included (according to the Spanish employment regulation and social security system).

Contract duration: 2 years, Full-time position.

Job description

ICTA-UAB is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to develop a research project related to the Societal Challenge CONSUMPTION, which aims to examine how the processes of production and consumption of goods and services relate to the resource use and the resulting environmental impacts during their lifespan and how they affect to technological transitions and to human well-being. The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the theme leaders (Mario Giampietro, Xavier Gabarrell) and senior members of the research teams involved in the challenge.


Job responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will lead and coordinate at least two or three of the following activities:

  • To develop a conceptual framework capable of characterizing the meaning of “good quality of life” by integrating attributes observable only across different scales and dimensions
  • To update Life Cycle inventories by ensuring the maintenance of the LCADB database and the Database of Semiconductors and other components (DOSE)
  • To develop a toolkit establishing a bridge across a set of quantitative indicators associated with the quality of life and changes determined by the transition in the external factors in the society that can affect the viability and desirability of the functioning of the society
  • To determine new resource depletion and environmental pressures indicators and metrics to inform energy models.


Qualification and skills

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Sustainability Science or closely related field (e.g., Environmental science, Engineering).

Required skills: database management and scientific programming, Website Management, Data visualization (with Python, Tableau, D3.js, or near equivalents), high level of English knowledge

Desirable skills: Experience in the analysis of the primary sector and electronic components, Familiarity with practice theory applied to the quantitative characterization of social practices inside modern societies.

Valuable working experience: Empirical work of quantitative analysis of patterns of production and consumption of goods and services; familiarity with multiscale integrated analysis of societal

metabolism and life cycle assessment



Candidates should submit their applications through the UAB portal with reference number 2021DILEUA32 (Post-doc position SC CONSUMPTION). Applications should include: an updated 2-page Curriculum Vitae (CV); a Statement of interest (no longer than 2000 characters including spaces); a Research project or agenda (no longer than 3000 characters including spaces).

ICTA-UAB is committed to pro-active policies on equal opportunities following the principles and action plans endorsed by the UAB. Applications from all backgrounds are encouraged.

The position will be funded by the María de Maeztu award. For further information, contact the MdM scientific manager ( quoting the reference 2021DILEUA32.

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