PhD Position

The effects of climate change are evident in many parts of Canada. Transforming industrial society in response to climate change will reshape the future of the mineral industry. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from primary mineral and metal production account for ~10% of global GHG emissions. A circular economy, as a societal transition towards a clean economy, creates new opportunities out of the materials we might otherwise throw away and minimizes waste and GHG emissions.


One funded PhD position is available to begin in Fall 2021 with Dr. Qian Zhang at Queen's University in Canada. This project will focus on methodological challenges in assessing the impact of circular economy practices on Canada's mining industry. The successful applicant is expected to be a highly-motivated student who is interested in interdisciplinary research and equipped with some novel analytical skills (e.g., dynamic material flow analysis, life-cycle assessment and optimization, integrated assessment modeling for climate change, environmental econometrics, geospatial analysis, or machine learning in earth sciences). Preferred background: Mining/Civil Engineering/Geoengineering/Earth Sciences with a solid understanding of sustainable development concepts.


Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Qian Zhang by email ( with your CV, a short research statement, and the contact information of two references. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Regarding full application procedure, admission requirements, and other relevant information, please refer to the following webpage:


The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University has prepared global mining industry leaders for 125 years. The Department’s vision is:
To excel in applied science education and research related to the stewardship and recovery of the earth’s mineral resources, accomplished through the development of exceptional engineers and scholars for a sustainable global society. 

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