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


The Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University has a Postdoctoral Associate position available for a project involving the life cycle assessment of additive manufacturing. 3D printing is an emerging manufacturing technology that has gained increasing attention and interest in the industry and the industry itself is looking to improve its environmental footprint overall. The goal of this project is to understand the potential environmental impacts and economic implications of additive manufacturing compared to conventional manufacturing pathways. The postdoc will work with Prof. Marian Chertow and Prof. Yuan Yao.

The position will focus on:

  1. Conducting environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle cost analysis (LCC) for metal industrial parts manufactured by binder jetting 3D printing and conventional technologies (e.g., CNC).
  2. Evaluating the potential environmental benefits of lightweighting and part geometry optimization.
  3. Working with internal and external researchers in engineering, environmental science, and industrial ecology and leading the LCA for different additive manufacturing scenarios and technology pathways.

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or other engineering disciplines with LCA and LCC experience in 3D printing and manufacturing technologies. Candidates with strong publications in relevant topics are highly encouraged.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their CV, along with relevant publications and a list of at least three references to Prof. Marian Chertow marian.chertow@yale.edu and Prof. Yuan Yao, y.yao@yale.edu. The position will be open until filled.

Program: Center for Industrial Ecology
Supervisor: Marian Chertow
Supervisor: Yuan Yao
Openings: 1

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