LCA Expert

United States ● Virtual Req #1297
Tuesday, September 20, 2022


  • Energetics is seeking an engineer/scientist/analyst with expertise in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate will have strong interests in sustainability in the context of manufacturing operations and supply chains and will feel comfortable leading and contributing to analytical efforts. Candidates with a background in LCA who can also offer expertise in techno-economic analysis (TEA) or other cost analysis techniques are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • This position can be out of one of our existing office, or working remotely in the US. 
  • Assess potential environmental impacts of manufacturing technologies and manufactured products by applying a range of LCA and other systems-based methodologies (e.g., attributional, consequential, benchmarking, and input/output techniques).
  • Perform assessments of research portfolios and individual R&D projects, including market and technology assessments and energy, environmental, and economic benefits analyses.
  • Support clients with programmatic analysis and strategic planning.
  • Liaison between scientists at universities/laboratories and government decision-makers to assist in distilling key technical results and impacts from R&D.
  • Synthesize and clearly communicate key results of analyses to colleagues and clients at all levels via formal and informal presentations and written technical communications (reports, white papers, fact sheets, briefings, journal articles, etc.).
  • Work closely with co-workers and clients in a fast-paced and collaborative team environment (diligent and responsive contributor).
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Candidates with a B.S. degree will be considered if they can demonstrate professional-level LCA expertise through technical publications.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience (3 years with M.S. degree)
  • Experience in the use of LCA and other systems-level environmental impact analysis techniques to answer applied research or practical questions.
  • Interest in manufacturing energy efficiency, decarbonization, and/or clean energy technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong technical writing skills and an ability to tailor written and verbal communications for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; advanced analytical and Excel skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel when working on self-managed tasks and as a member of a team.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • In compliance with Executive Order 14042, any successful applicant for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation from the vaccination requirement based on disability or sincerely held religious belief, on or before the start date


  • Ph.D. degree in engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Preferred degree fields include mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, and physics. Strong mathematical skills are expected for this position.
  • Technical publications in the field of environmental life cycle assessment, techno-economic analysis, energy systems modeling, and/or technology development related to clean energy manufacturing.
  • Interest and/or experience in communicating technical concepts to non-experts, including development of training and educational materials about LCA and other technical topics (e.g., for purposes of workforce development) is a plus.

The selected applicant will be subject to a background check and drug testing. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions, U.S. Citizen or Permanent US Resident.

VSE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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  • Job Function Engineer
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  • United States
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