Ph.D. Fellowships in Sustainability Assessment for Biomass-Based Materials

Dr. Yuan Yao's research group at Yale University invites applications for PhD fellowships for fall 2022. The PhD fellowships are fully funded. 

We are looking for self-motivated graduate students who are interested in conducting research related to sustainable biomass-based materials. Students will be developing state-of-the-art analysis tools for quantifying the environmental impacts, economic viability, and societal implications of biomass-based materials and emerging technologies. We use transdisciplinary approaches in Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA), Economic Input-Output Analysis, and process simulations. Students will have opportunities to learn those exciting tools and participate in high-impact projects. Example projects include biochar, wood-derived bioplastics, and biomass-based soft electronics.

The successful applicants should have relevant backgrounds in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or other engineering fields. Applicants should hold a BS and Master’s degree or a BS with research experience. Candidates with high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications are preferred. Good speaking and written English are required. GRE is preferred for all applicants. Previous experience and/or documented knowledge in one or more of the following areas are highly recommended to apply:

  • Life Cycle Assessment and Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Mathematical programming and data analytics (e.g., Matlab, R, Python, GAMS)
  • Process modeling and simulation (e.g., AspenPlus or similar software)

More information is available on the research page of the group ( If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Yao ( and provide a CV, transcripts, and a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and past experiences relevant to this position.

  • Application deadline: Jan 30, 2022
  • Yale University
  • Center for Industrial Ecology
  • New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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