Hutton 11-21 - Life Cycle Analyst

Posted: 04/03/2021 14:25
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £31,521.83
Location: Aberdeen
Level: Hutton D
Deadline: 08/04/2021 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Generous
Job Type: Fixed term - 3 years Tenure Track

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is right at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security. 

The Information and Computational Sciences Group provides an open and collaborative environment where interdisciplinary working can thrive. The Group exploits expertise in bioinformatics, geoinformatics, soil science, community planning, policy analysis, risk assessment and integrated complex systems modelling, as well as research computing and high-performance computing. The skills and experience embodied in the ICS teams enable the Group to act as leaders, integrators and enablers of complex interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects.

Main Purpose of Job          

We are seeking an experienced and creative GHG life cycle analyst (LCA) to contribute to our research and development in support of a net zero future. Working with other colleagues, you will be helping various organizations and our business customers to meet the demands of the Paris Agreement and provide sustainable business solutions to enhance resource use efficiency and reduce risks associated with climate change.

You should have demonstrable experience in life cycle assessments and a PhD directly relevant to carbon footprint analysis. Expertise in climate-based risk assessment on carbon footprint would be highly advantageous. You should also have experience in working and communicating with scientists and other stakeholders from various backgrounds.

The successful applicant will work as part of a collaboration comprising various ecosystem modellers, computational and data scientists and social scientists at the James Hutton Institute.

You should be able to demonstrate your potential to develop further as a scientist, win funding, and ultimately grow our LCA capacity.

Main duties of post holder

  • Analyse carbon footprints and undertake Life Cycle Assessments
  • Contribute to a diverse portfolio of projects including life cycle, supply chains carbon footprints, circular economy and more. 
  • Contribute to project development and funding applications
  • Taking the lead in writing scientific papers
  • Organising regular meetings and communicate with research teams
  • Communicate research results to a range of audiences (e.g. policy makers, practitioners, the public) in appropriate formats


Essential Qualifications 

  • PhD with substantive development and application of LCA. Relevant subjects include carbon foot-printing/modelling, ecosystem/ecological modelling, mathematical modelling; or related subjects like mathematical biology or engineering or a comparable discipline is necessary.

Essential Experience 

  • Ability to design and create an LCA from scratch
  • Technical understanding and experience in carbon foot-printing
  • Knowledge in various carbon accounting methods
  • Good working knowledge of LCA software such as SimaPro or GaBi. 
  • Excellent quantitative research and data analysis skills, including proficiency in the statistical programme R

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to build LCA models
  • Collaborative research with experimental and technical scientists
  • Experience with/knowledge of GIS software for data manipulation and extraction
  • Programming/coding skills e.g., R, Python, Java, C++
  • Data visualisation and design skills
  • Track record or understanding of related techniques such as emergy analysis and societal metabolic accounting

Other Skills/ Attributes 

  • Integrative skills with a willingness to work as part of a team
  • Ability to plan work and nurture project teams
  • Ability to work at pace and to deadlines
  • Experience of working on emotive topics and handling stakeholder relations

Additional Notes and Requirements

  • The post may require working at both Aberdeen and Dundee sites.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.   

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.