Industrial Ecologist

Permanent employee, Full-time · Stichting Circle Economy

Your mission


You will join the Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative team as an analyst. You will focus on conducting the analysis that measures the circularity performance of nations and regions. You have a background in Industrial Ecology and are proficient in Input-Output Analysis (IOA), Material Flow Accounting (MFA) and/or Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

In this role you will have the opportunity to channel your expertise and knowledge into the development of a strong analytical evidence base that will directly support policy makers in moving toward a circular economy. 

You will bring practical knowledge of industrial ecology and strong analytical skills in IOA, MFA, and LCA to the team, working to deliver high quality and rigorous results. You will take the lead in identifying and bringing together various sources of publicly available national and sub-national datasets, and process this data to be used effectively in our models, projects and products. You will work alongside a dedicated team of researchers, writers, designers, communications specialists, and other industrial ecologists to bring the results of your analysis to life in Circularity Gap Reports. For examples of work you will contribute to please visit and


  • Conduct macroeconomic assessments in-line with the Circularity Gap Report (CGR) methodology for nations, namely input output analysis, material flow accounting, and life cycle impact assessment.

  • Contribute to the development of the CGR methodology such that countries in new geographies can be analysed, new and improved metrics can be calculated

  • Define data needs to deliver specific analyses and insights on projects and products regarding circular economy and its impacts at different scales (e.g. global / national / sectoral /regional / city / neighbourhood)

  • Gather and structure data from public and private data sources, identify data gaps, and establish partnerships and collaborative projects with data companies to fill data gaps

  • Contribute to research and the development of structured analysis in our Built Environment program, Textiles program, and Finance program, as well as consulting projects with companies in various industries

  • Communicate and explain results to translate data analysis into understandable insights

  • Develop scripts in Python to standardise data processing to deliver insights and enable integration of data analysis methods in online tools and digital products

Your profile


  • A Masters Degree is required, preferably in a field related to the circular economy (e.g.industrial ecology, environmental science, life cycle analysis, etc.) and/or experience with data science, statistics, mathematics, computer science, etc. 

  • Knowledge of:

    • Input-Output analysis and databases such as EXIOBASE, World Input-Output Database (WIOD), as well as a system of national accounts data

    • Sub-national level (e.g. city-level or region-level) Material Flow Analysis techniques and systems thinking

    • Life Cycle Assessment, life cycle inventories, and databases to calculate environmental impacts, embodied emissions, etc

  • Demonstrated experience :

         Analysis and visualisation of materials flows and environmental impacts

        Manipulating datasets and exchange transform load processes

        Collaborative data science i.e. git, documentation, quality assurance

        SQL, Python and cloud databases (AWS experience is great!)

Your work style

  • Self­-starter (proactive and independent) with a proven ability to prioritize different assignments and tasks to meet deadlines

  • Analytical and detail-oriented, and fully capable of navigating and combining various datasets to pull out key insights

  • Experience in working cross-functionally across multiple stakeholders 

  • An understanding of agile and scrum methodologies

  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while being flexible to evolving responsibilities and last-minute changes

  • Comfortable working in a collaborative environment

  • Ability to think outside of the box and creatively problem-solve

  • Excellent English written, visual and oral communication skills to translate the data into understandable insights

Your interest

  • You get up every morning with the ambition to make a positive impact on the world

  • You are familiar with the circular economy and sustainability concepts, and thrive when putting your knowledge into advancing these ideas in society

  • You are a natural systems thinker who loves to explore problems from a holistic perspective, conduct analyses to generate insights, and translate those insights into compelling solutions

Why us?

We are a team of ambitious and highly driven professionals, sharing the belief that the circular economy can create prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a friendly and open team dynamic, and a culture of getting things done while having fun.


For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 32-40 hours per week, which may be extended depending on performance and funding opportunities. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team in a pioneering organisation. We will coach you to put your skills and ideas to work in order to have an impact. We recognise the importance of career development and work with our team to help find and develop opportunities for growth for each team member. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a foundation.

About us


Circle Economy is an impact organisation combining research, tools, and advice for the greater good. We were founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. With nature as our mentor, we accelerate circularity. We help businesses, cities, and nations with data-powered roadmaps for change. We are an international team of excited experts based in Amsterdam.


Earth, our home, needs to be healthy, safe, and just for generations to come. We harness the world’s intelligence and collaborative drive to restore its balance. It can and must be done; we pave the way.


A circular economy meets the needs of people in harmony with nature. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems. It’s a balancing act with nature as our mentor.


We are a global impact organisation with an international team of passionate experts based in Amsterdam. We empower businesses, cities and nations with practical and scaleable solutions to put the circular economy into action.

Our vision is an economic system that ensures that the planet and all people can thrive. To avoid climate breakdown, our goal is to double global circularity by 2032. We do this by creating:

  • An Impact-Driven Data and Evidence Base;

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economical, and social indicators

  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations, and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology, economy, and society

Actionable and Practical Strategies;

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment—operational, financial, and political—towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • A Digital Environment to Scale Adoption;

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools

  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms

We are an international team of ambitious and highly driven (young) professionals who share the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a friendly and open team dynamic and a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Circle Economy welcomes applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity,as governed under our Gender Equality Plan. Circle Economy encourages our candidates to refrain from attaching their profile photos and gender details in their resumes to mitigate any potential subconscious bias.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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