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Assistant professor - Urban metabolism for sustainable development at the city district scale

Employer: Chalmers University of Technology
Posted: June 17, 2014
Expires: August 5, 2014
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Application deadline: 2014-08-05

The Division of Water Environment Technology (WET) is a part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology. WET brings together scientists with expertise in process engineering, hydraulics, environment, and sustainability. At WET, we perform research in a number of research fields, including drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering, contaminated areas, and urban metabolism. More information about WET can be found at The successful candidate will become a member of the urban metabolism research group at the Division of Water Environment Technology and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Major responsibilities The primary duty of the successful candidate is to perform research together with the members of the urban metabolism research group. The position also includes teaching both at the undergraduate and Master's levels, as well as supervising PhD students. Another important aspect involves both national and international cooperation with academia, industry and society at large.

The research will be performed within several work packages of the EU Climate KIC "Smart Sustainable Districts" Flagship. The overall aim of the Flagship is to co-develop and demonstrate how new thinking, coupled with effective tools, technologies and policies, can lead to factor 4 improvement in city district performance across a range of sustainability measures. The objectives of the work packages, for which the successful candidate will be responsible, are to:

* study physical elements and develop tools and methods for city systems with focus on materials

* integrate the developed tools with models on other city sectors such as energy and transport

In particular, the candidate will be responsible to apply urban metabolism methods to provide decision support for a sustainable reduction of resource consumption at the district level through adoption of the urban material flow analysis (MFA) method to lower spatial scale resolution.

Position summary This position offers full-time temporary employment for a maximum of four years. An evaluation will take place after two years. The successful candidate is expected to achieve the level of Associate professor within four years from the start of the employment.


To qualify for a position at Chalmers as assistant professor, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than five years. You are also expected to be accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education. Experience from a postdoc position or qualified research and development in industry/the public sector is meritorious. You are expected to be able to work both independently and in a team.

For this particular assistant professorship, the following requirements and merits apply:

A doctoral degree in an engineering discipline is a requirement. This degree should not be older than five years. Documented knowledge of and experience with MFA and especially on urban and district/neighbourhood scale are required. Documented knowledge of and experience with optimization algorithms modelling are required. Fluent verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English are required. If Swedish is not your native language Chalmers, you should be able to teach in Swedish at the undergraduate level after two years of employment. Chalmers offers Swedish courses. Documented experience of innovation and entrepreneurship, for example patents and developed models and/or software is a major merit. Documented experience of (environmentally extended) input-output analysis and system dynamics modelling is a major merit. Documented experience with one or more of the following (or similar) software packages is a major merit: R, Vensim and Adobe Illustrator. Documented experience in research proposals writing and successful grant applications is a major merit.

Application procedure _The application should be marked with Ref 20140165 and written in English. The application should be sent via Chalmers website, where you also will find detailed instructions for what to include and how to do it._

For questions, please contact: Assistant professor Yuliya Kalmykova, Head of the urban metabolism group,, +46 31 7722162 Professor Greg Morrison, principal investigator Climate KIC "Smart Sustainable Districts" Flagship,, +46 31 7721937 Professor Britt-Marie Wilén, Head of the Division of Water Environment Technology,, +46 31 7722153

Professor Ulf Jarfelt, Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, HR Specialist Eva Wendeldahl,

_Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers._

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