Postdoctoral Position – Investigations of households’ carbon footprints

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  • FullTime

Chalmers University of Technology

1 Jul 2023
Job Information

Chalmers University of Technology
Research Field
Environmental science » Natural resources management
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
12 Aug 2023 – 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team and contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of sustainable consumption. As a Postdoc, you will play a crucial role in developing novel methods to accurately estimate carbon footprints at the individual and household levels. By focusing on the impact of heterogeneity in both quality and quantity of consumption patterns, your research will enhance our understanding of the aggregated carbon footprints of different household groups.

Project description
In this role, you will have the opportunity to address important research questions pertaining to the carbon footprint of high-income groups using a unique dataset. By exploring whether a shift towards more expensive, high-quality products can lead to more sustainable consumption patterns, you will contribute to the development of effective strategies for achieving a low-carbon future. Our research group is actively engaging in the societal discussion and your work has a good chance of affecting the societal and policy discussion in Sweden and abroad.

The Division of Physical Resource Theory carries out research and education about potential solutions to our major environmental challenges, e.g. global warming and sustainable use of land and other resources. The division focuses on research in the field of technical and socio-economic systems addressing the challenges involved in the transition into a sustainable and low carbon society for a growing population, where a range of different quantitative and qualitative methods can be applied on our research topics. The ambition is to build challenge-driven scientific excellence by crossing traditional boundaries and increase the level of multi-disciplinarity in research. The division has around 50 staff members, faculty and PhD-students with diverse expertise, including engineers, natural and social scientists. We also offer courses in areas related to our research.

The post-doc will work primarily within the research program Mistra Sustainable Consumption, a collaboration between Chalmers, KTH, Lund University and several public and private partner organizations: .

Major responsibilities

  • Develop and refine innovative methodologies for accurately measuring carbon footprints at the individual and household levels.
  • Analyze and interpret data to gain insights into the relationship between consumption patterns and carbon emissions.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of experts in sustainable consumption to integrate findings into broader research efforts.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings through high-quality publications, conferences, and workshops.
  • Engage with stakeholders from industry, government, and non-profit organizations to ensure the real-world impact of your research.

To be qualified for the position of PostDoc you must have a PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g. sustainability research at technical university or environmental social science). Applicants with PhD degrees awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline will have priority. You have excellent skills in quantitative data analysis.
Experience from methods for assessing carbon footprints of households, Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), and environmentally extended input-/output analyses are strong merits for the position.

Contract terms
The PostDoc position is full-time, initially for two years, with a possibility for extension (given funding) of up to two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg . 
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Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230424 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-08-13

For questions, please contact:
Docent Jonas Nässén, Fysisk resursteori,
[email protected] , 031-7723268

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!



Research Field
Environmental science
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Environmental science » Natural resources management
Years of Research Experience
1 – 4

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Chalmers University of Technology
Postal Code
Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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