PhD position in Sustainability analysis and life cycle impact assessment of marine salmon aquaculture systemsExternal

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Deadline: May 1, 2017

NTNU seeks a highly qualified, ambitious, and motivated candidate for a PhD position within the field of sustainability analysis and life cycle impact assessment of marine salmon aquaculture system. NTNU Sustainability and NTNU Oceans are two of the strategic research areas across the university created in order to focus and develop NTNU’s contribution to solving major issues facing society. This means national and global challenges where Norway has particular advantages and where NTNU, with our profile and academic strength, can contribute. 

Job description
The PhD candidate will adapt and apply Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impacts of selected aquaculture production systems. This implies exploring impact assessment categories relevant for marine salmon production. LCA will assess today’s production, but also compare different production methods, technologies, and establish different scenarios for the industry. 
By performing an LCA on farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar, L) the candidate will scientifically assess environmental aspects and impacts of the existing production systems and provide guidelines for alternative aquaculture systems fulfilling future sustainability expectations, ref Sustainable Development Goals. The results will be used for decision-making and will provide guidelines for industrial producers and management authorities of Norwegian Atlantic salmon. The work will be related to the NTNU Ocean pilot project and to other relevant projects under the umbrella of NTNU Sustainability, see and

The candidate should have a relevant Master’s degree in natural or engineering sciences, such as marine ecology, environmental engineering, or industrial ecology. Strong analytical capabilities and good written and oral communications skills in English are essential. To be qualified for admission to the PhD program at NTNU, the candidate must demonstrate a B average or better (on the European Credit Transfer System -ECTS- grading scale) at the MSc level. 
Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.
The PhD will be employed at the Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund. The appointment has a duration of 3 years.