Life Cycle Assessment Modeling of Biofuel Supply Chain Logistics

Friday, June 3, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Job Institution: 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Job Description: 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is seeking a Research Scientist I in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The focus of this position is life cycle assessment (LCA) modeling of fuels and transportation systems in the Northern Great Plains US. The successful candidate will supervise or coordinate the work of graduate research assistants and students on projects related to Dr. James Stone's LCA research group, including writing peer review publications and proposals.


Applications are invited from qualified research professionals in the area of life-cycle analysis and GIS analysis. A MS degree in Environmental or Civil Engineering, Sustainability or Industrial Ecology, or related field is required; PhD is preferred. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in modeling, life cycle analysis, scripting and/or geographic information systems. Experience with SimaPro, GREET, programming, sustainable agricultural production, and biofuels is highly preferred. The qualified individual is expected to work with students and research faculty to develop LCA-coupled models. Excellent communication and writing skills are needed. The position is open immediately and the initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal depending on funding availability and satisfactory performance of the candidate.  


Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2800 students from 47 states and 46 countries.


Rapid City is in the Rushmore Region of South Dakota.  The state's second largest city (with an urban population of 72,638 and metropolitan population of 141,431) is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few.  For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and


South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.