Opportunities

Kurihara Conference Fellowship

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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

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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 - 2 openings

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1.  Postdoctoral Associate in LCA and MFA for Wood Products

The Yao Lab at the Center for Industrial Ecology has a postdoc associate position available for conducting environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) of wood products in Brazil. This project is part of the emerging concept of bioeconomy that the Yao Lab has been focusing on.  The postdoc will work in an interdisciplinary research team that includes industrial ecologists, forest ecologists, social scientists, and soil scientists. The overall research project will examine the potential synergies of industrial reforestation for wood products with secondary forest regrowth. This postdoc position will develop LCA and MFA models to understand the climate implications of different pathways of silvicultural prescription and wood utilization.

Key tasks:

  1. Conducting LCA and MFA for different wood products, including pulp and paper, mass timber and other long-lived wood products.
  2. Couple the LCA and MFA of wood products with forest dynamic models to understand the carbon fluxes associated with different carbon pools.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in forestry, natural resources, engineering, and other related fields.
  • Experience with LCA and MFA of wood products demonstrated by peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Past research related to Brazil or other regions in the Americas is preferred
  • Rich knowledge in forest carbon accounting, wood products and pulp and paper production
  • 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 and MFA Wood Products” as the subject of your email.  

  • A single PDF file consisting of a cover letter and a 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 Yao Lab (https://yao.research.yale.edu/) in the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University (https://cie.research.yale.edu/).

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: Yuan Yao
Openings: 2

Research Assistant

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Check back for 2022 fall term RA positions.

May 2022 - May 2022