Kurihara Conference Fellowship


Applications are currently being accepted for 2022.   Submission deadline is February 27, 2022 by 5PM.

Student attendance at industrial ecology related scientific and professional conferences can be a valuable way to gain insight into this broad field and meet experts in both formal and informal settings.  The Center for Industrial Ecology provides funds to help defray the cost of attendance through the Kurihara Conference Fellowship.   Funds are intended for current YSE Master’s students and must be used prior to graduation.  Applications are typically circulated in February with announcement of awards in early March.  

The Kurihara Conference Fellowship is supported by the Joel Omura Kurihara Fund. For more information about the fellowship,  please contact Judy Crocker, Program Coordinator, at judy.crocker@yale.edu .

Program: Kurihara Conference Fellowship
June 2022 - June 2022

Summer Internships


Research Internship Opportunity—Summer 2022 

There are multiple Research Internship positions available in Yao Research Group at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. Interns will work with Prof. Yuan Yao on research projects related to nature-based solutions for climate change, including sustainable biomass utilization and enhanced weathering applications to agricultural lands. 

The Opportunity

The internship positions will have opportunities to work on the following projects:

  1. Negative Emission Technologies

The intern(s) will work on collecting and analyzing the research data related to bio-based natural carbon capture and negative emission technologies, especially in combination with bioenergy. This work will focus on understanding the sustainability of these technologies and their potential environmental, economic, and societal outcomes.

  1. Circular Economy for Carbon

The intern(s) will conduct research on the simulation of thermochemical conversion of biomass waste to valuable products for carbon recycling. This work will work on advancing the current models and assessing the sustainability of varied pathways.  

  1. Enhanced Weathering for CO2 Removal

The intern(s) will work on collecting data and conducting research on the process-based models of enhanced weathering and enhanced seawater-based mineralization. This work aims at understanding the emerging atmospheric CO2 capture technologies and their corresponding environmental impacts and economic feasibility based on the rigorous process simulation. 

Experience in Aspen Plus (or other process-based simulation), life cycle assessment (using OpenLCA), techno-economic analysis, carbon footprint analysis is preferred. These positions will work under the supervision of Prof. Yao.

Pay Rate: Dependent on experience

Start Date: Flexible, ideally no later than late-May 2022.

Duration: Flexible, ideally 10-12 weeks.

In-person/remote: Flexible, prefer candidates who can at least make in-person project meetings 

Apply to: Dr. Kai Lan (kai.lan@yale.edu) for Positions (1) and (2)

                 Dr. Bingquan Zhang (bingquan.zhang@yale.edu) for Position (3)

Program: Center for Industrial Ecology
May 2022 - August 2022

Postdoctoral Associate - Two openings


1.  Postdoctoral Associate, Techno-Economic Analysis of Recycling Systems

A position for a Postdoctoral Associate is available at the Center for Industrial Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment. The U.S. recycling industry is in the process of undergoing a major transformation, triggered by a combination of technological advances, updated trade policies, and an increased interest in circular economy solutions. AI-supported robotics is one such novel technology, used in different design setups in material recovery facilities (MRFs), and the focus of a broader research project into which this research is embedded. The interdisciplinary project team develops improved AI and robotics technology, studies human-technology interactions, and develops scenarios of future recycling systems. The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct a techno-economic analysis (TEA) of different MRF sizes and designs to analyze the tradeoffs of sorting efficiencies, cost, and workforce implications. Ideally, the TEA incorporates outputs from the other team members. The Postdoctoral Associate will work under supervision of Professor Marian Chertow and Dr. Barbara Reck.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, environmental and/or sustainability sciences, engineering, applied economics, or a similar discipline. Familiarity with the waste management industry, MRFs, and TEA are strongly encouraged. Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English are expected. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.


This position shall be filled as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed starting June 23, 2022 until the position is filled. Prior to applying, candidates should explore websites for the Yale School of the Environment (http://environment.yale.edu) and the Center for Industrial Ecology (http://cie.research.yale.edu). Required materials should be submitted to barbara.reck@yale.edu and include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) writing sample (one publication), 5) names and contact information of 3 references.


New Haven, Connecticut, USA


July 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible)


This is a full-time, one-year, non-tenure-track appointment with possibility of extension. Annual salary is competitive and depends upon education and experience. The position includes medical and dental benefits and paid time off.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

2.  The Yale Center for Industrial Ecology has a postdoc associate position available for conducting environmental and economic life cycle assessment of soft electronics. The postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary research team that will develop new classes of soft electronics created from renewable materials (e.g., cellulose composite) using energy-efficient manufacturing processes. The overall research project will address the challenges of developing high-performance materials that are renewable, biodegradable or recyclable. This postdoc position will explore and develop life cycle assessment tools that can integrate biodegradation and material circularity with environmental and social impacts cared by different stakeholders.

Key tasks:

  1. Conducting life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic analysis (TEA) for soft electronics with different material and manufacturing design. The postdoc will work with engineers and material scientists to incorporate process and property parameters into the LCA and TEA with a purpose of informing the design process.
  2. Developing LCA and life cycle cost analysis (LCC) models for soft electronic devices with wearable applications. Performing Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to consider different environmental, social, and economic aspects of various applications.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemical/mechanical engineering, material science or other engineering related fields.
  • Experience with LCA, TEA/LCC demonstrated by peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Knowledge in polymer science. 
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English
  • Ability to collaborate with researchers in different disciplines

Interested candidates should email the following materials to Dr. Yuan Yao, y.yao@yale.edu. Please use “Postdoc Application for LCA of soft electronics” as the subject of your email.  

  • A single PDF file consisting of a cover letter and detailed CV. The cover letter should include a statement summarizing past research experience and future research interests, and a brief explanation of your interest in and qualification for the position.
  • Provide the names and contact information for three references
  • Copies of up to 3 relevant publications in PDF.

More about the and the Yao Lab (https://yao.research.yale.edu/) in the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University (https://cie.research.yale.edu/).

Program: Center for Industrial Ecology
Supervisor: Marian Chertow
Supervisor: Barbara Reck
Supervisor: Yuan Yao
Openings: 2

Research Assistant


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May 2022 - May 2022