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Postdoctorate position -Development of a simplified and modular LCA tool

Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada

Job Type : Full time

The expertise of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign (LIRIDE) focuses on life cycle impact assessment. Internationally recognized for its scientific research, LIRIDE supports industry, SMEs, and organizations in their commitment to true sustainable development supported by life cycle assessment and the circular economy. Located at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), LIRIDE is seeking applications for the following position.

About the role

This postdoctoral position is part of a research partnership with the non-profit organization Écohabitation, driven by environmental issues in the construction field in Quebec and Canada. In order to disseminate the use of LCA in the construction field for multiple stakeholders, this project combines the expertise of LIRIDE and Écohabitation partners.

This postdoctoral project involves developing a simplified and modular LCA tool aiming to automate the structured sub-categorization/probabilistic sampling approach and integrate prioritization results from the inventory of present building typologies. These concepts will be developed by two doctoral students also working on the research project. The idea is to operationalize the methodological developments in a format that can be easily transferred to other field users. This transfer will allow future users to use the sub-categorization sampling approach and the inventory prioritization when designing their buildings in an eco-design context. It is planned to program the tool in Python language, which has seen the emergence of a structure specifically dedicated to LCA (Brightway2.5). The tool will be offered in the spirit of open-source code for reproducibility.


Your qualifications must include:

  • A university doctoral degree in civil, building, mechanical, environmental engineering or similar studies with excellent grades.

  • Skills and a strong interest in modelling and in computer programming (Python) would be a major advantage.

Your admission will be subject to the standard rules of the University of Sherbrooke (funding secured for the entire project). The project will start as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement.


You are expected to contribute to teaching and research activities of the laboratory up to a maximum of 20% of your working time.

Daily work

The work will be carried out within an interdisciplinary team of LIRIDE, in close collaboration with the partner. The team will consist of one master’s student, two PhD students, one postdoctoral fellow and researchers. In addition, an integral part of your work is to publish your results in peer-reviewed journals and present them at international conferences.


We look forward to receiving your online application including :



Cover letter

Two references

We will begin interviewing candidates by the end of the year / early next year.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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