PhD in Urban Sustainability

The Lab for Sustainable Urban-Rural Futures (SURF Lab) at McGill University invites applicants for a PhD position in urban sustainability. The student will receive a fully-funded position in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


We are seeking applicants interested urban consumption and related environmental impacts, with a focus on bio-based materials and energy sources (i.e., food, fuel, and fibres). The successful candidate will explore the intersection between urban form, demographics, land use, resource consumption, and urban environmental footprints. The student will develop advanced models to quantify and map environmental, economic, and social impacts from urban consumption by combining tools and data from industrial ecology, computer science, geography, and other allied disciplines. This project will contribute to our broader understanding of the opportunities and challenges to a sustainable urban future and assist decision making at the city and regional scales.


The successful candidate should have a background in engineering, natural sciences, geography, or economics, and hold relevant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required.   


The successful application will work under the supervision of Assistant Professor Benjamin Goldstein. The position is located at McGill’s verdant Macdonald Campus west of downtown Montreal. Read more about the Bioresource Engineering program and formal application process here.


How to apply: Email your CV and 1-page research statement to

Start date: January 1, 2022

Application deadline: August 31, 2021

Read more / apply
  • Application deadline: Aug 31, 2021
  • McGill University
  • The Lab for Sustainable Urban-Rural Futures (SURF Lab), Department of Bioresource Engineering at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Montreal, Canada
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
Read more / apply Back to list
On the job market

Some industrial ecology candidates that are on the job market...

All candidates