Kurihara Conference Fellowship


Applications are currently being accepted for 2021.   Submission deadline is April 24, 2021

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
May 2021 - April 2022

Summer Internships


Please check back later in the term to see internships available for 2021.

Program: Center for Industrial Ecology
June 2021 - August 2021

Postdoctoral Associate


Postdoctoral Researcher in Carbon Capture and Wastewater Treatment

The Yao Lab at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology invites applications for a Postdoctoral position available for sustainability assessment of wastewater treatment and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The Yao Lab develops systems analysis tools to understand the carbon, environmental, and economic implications of different emerging technologies throughout their life cycle. The research aims to assess, identify, and optimize different pathways for effective wastewater treatment and carbon storage. https://yao.research.yale.edu/

This is an interdisciplinary postdoc position that will have collaborations with faculty and research scientists in different disciplines including engineering, hydrology, and geology.

The position will focus on:

  • Conducting life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic analysis (TEA) for wastewater treatment plants and new technologies in CCS.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team to lead and develop innovative systems modeling frameworks to understand the technical effectiveness, environmental implications, and net carbon benefits/risks of CCS-enabled wastewater treatment.

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in engineering, environmental science, or systems analysis with LCA and TEA skills demonstrated by high-quality peer-reviewed publications relevant to the position.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their CV, along with a list of at least three references to Dr. Yuan Yao, y.yao@yale.edu.

Forest Carbon in Southern New England Postdoctoral AssociateForest Carbon in Southern New England
The Forest School at The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Forest Carbon. The successful candidate will assess forest carbon dynamics as they relate to natural disturbance and forest products, with a focus on southern New England. The candidate will work under the mentorship of faculty at The Forest School within YSE, and data from the Yale Forests and Great Mountain Forest will be available. Professors Mark Bradford and Yuan Yao will jointly serve as the primary supervisors, and other faculty at The Forest School will serve as collaborators.

The forests of southern New England have received significant attention in recent years for their potential as nature-based climate solutions. However, the carbon dynamics of these forests are highly complex and influenced by past land use, stand dynamics, invasive species, changing climate, and carbon tradeoffs related to forest products. Political debate has often simplified to two alternatives: active management and no management, yet the reality is far more complex. The person in this position will investigate the risks and longevity of carbon stored in forests and forest products in the region in the context of changing forests.
Results of this project will include peer-reviewed publication(s) and policy briefs related to carbon stability in southern New England’s forests as it relates to disturbance, stand dynamics, and management. The successful candidate will also investigate the carbon tradeoffs of local forest products and lead the development of best management practices for carbon as a management objective in southern New England forests, while working with a collaborative team of faculty and graduate students at The Forest School focused on forest carbon. We expect this research will better our understanding of the climate mitigation and adaptation of regional forests.

Support for this postdoctoral position comes from the Joseph Steven Taylor Fund at YSE. The position is a one-year appointment with the possibility of two additional years of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Candidates who have a Ph.D. degree in forestry or related fields with peer-reviewed publications related to silviculture and/or forest carbon and statistical modeling/ life-cycle assessment are highly encouraged to apply.

Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from and nominations of women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until July 30, 2021. The start date of the position is negotiable, with a target of September 1, 2021.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their CV, along with a list of at least three references to Mark Bradford at mark.bradford@yale.edu

Application Deadline: July 30th 2021
Anticipated Start Date: September 1st 2021

Program: Yao Lab
Supervisor: Yuan Yao
Openings: 2
September 2021 - July 2022

Research Assistant


Research Assistant - Reid Lifset

This position involves work on several projects. The projects on which research assistant will focus will depend on the student’s expertise and interests as well as project timing. 1) Support for development of a research community analyzing the environmental and energy impact of the digital economy. (see networkDEE.org) (2) Adding content and enhancing a database of references on extended producer responsibility (EPR), and environmental policy strategy in which producers are responsible for their products and packages when they become waste, (3) A journal article on eco-modulation in extended producer responsibility (EPR), and (4) A journal article reviewing policy that encourages or mandates material efficiency as a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions based on a recent report from the International Resource Panel (https://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/resource-efficiency-and-climate-change). Knowledge of environmental and/or waste policy. Experience with databases is required. Familiarity with EndNote or similar bibliographic software is important.  Contact Reid Lifset reid.lifset@yale.edu

September 2021 - May 2022