Junior Scientist in Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation at The Urban Scale

University of Freiburg Industrial Ecology

Funded opportunity for doctoral studies at the Industrial Ecology group Freiburg Junior Scientist: Resource efficiency and climate change mitigation at the urban scale
  • Application deadline: 15.10.2022
  • Publication date: 11.09.2022
  • Start-date: 01.12.2022
  • Part-time position (50 %)
  • Id no.: 00002531


Cities of the future will need to provide a wide array of services to their population with much less resource use and emissions than today. The topic of this research project is to study how salient city parameters (density, shape, and scale), urban metabolism (material and energy turnover) and cities’ social functioning (service provisioning, equity, and lifestyles) determine each other. The goal of this research project is to expand existing data and tools to identify city-specific structural change options to leverage a transition to a lean urban metabolism, with lower resource use, land occupation, and emissions to the environment. The work shall focus on

  • Using and expanding existing urban typologies to develop a basis for scenario formulation of the material and energy implications of future urban lifestyles.
  • Linking service provisioning by urban structures to urban metabolism and energy and material supply chains with the in-house RECC model.
  • Assessing, for a set of selected cities, possible transformation pathways and identify city-specific leverage points in the urban structure for decoupling urban development from resource use.

Working environment and working conditions:

The work will be carried out at Industrial Ecology Freiburg, an international research group at the University of Freiburg, Germany, see www.indecol.uni-freiburg.de. We offer an open-minded and diverse work environment and a vibrant multi-disciplinary research community. Numerous employment benefits and ample qualification options exist, including training on professional skills and soft skills, courses for teaching skills, and conferences.

  • Fixed term working contract with the university of Freiburg for 4 years
  • The salary will be determined in accordance with E13 TV-L. 
  • The place of work is Freiburg. Solutions for home office can be arranged for.
  • The language for research and teaching is mainly English. German is used in many social settings at the faculty and university level, and non-German speakers are expected to make an effort to acquire some basic language skills during the first years of their stay in Germany.
  • The position comes with a teaching requirement of two hours per week per semester.

Expected profile of candidate’s qualification:

We seek for applicants who hold an MSc degree in a field that involves quantitative systems analysis, such as industrial ecology, environmental or natural sciences, chemical or environmental engineering, or economics. Basic programming skills (C, Python, or Matlab) are required. Very good knowledge of English is required, and knowledge of German is an advantage.

Applicants please provide the following documents/information

+ A cover letter

+ Your CV (in English or German)

+ A copy of your academic transcript (in English or German)

+ Your MSc thesis


  1. Haberl, H., Wiedenhofer, D., Schug, F., Frantz, D., Virág, D., Plutzar, C., Gruhler, K., Lederer, J., Schiller, G., Fishman, T., Lanau, M., Gattringer, A., Kemper, T., Liu, G., Tanikawa, H., van der Linden, S., Hostert, P., 2021. High-Resolution Maps of Material Stocks in Buildings and Infrastructures in Austria and Germany. Environ. Sci. Technol. 55, 3368–3379.
  2. Kennedy, C.A., Ibrahim, N., Hoornweg, D., 2014. Low-carbon infrastructure strategies for cities. Clim. Chang.
  3. Pauliuk, S., Fishman, T., Heeren, N., Berrill, P., Tu, Q., Wolfram, P., Hertwich, E.G., 2021. Linking Service Provision to Material Cycles – A New Framework for Studying the Resource Efficiency-Climate Change Nexus (RECC). J. Ind. Ecol. 25, 260–273.
  4. Rickwood, P., Glazebrook, G., Searle, G., 2008. Urban Structure and Energy—A Review. Urban Policy Res. 26, 57–81.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00002531, by 15.10.2022 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Professur für Nachhaltiges Energie- und Stoffstrommanagement
Tennenbacher Str. 4
79106 Freiburg
E-Mail: stefan.pauliuk@mail.indecol.uni-freiburg.de

For further information, please contact Herr Prof. Stefan Pauliuk on the phone number +49 761 203-98726 or E-Mail stefan.pauliuk@mail.indecol.uni-freiburg.de.