PhD position: Wasted Food

The Institute of Design at Illinois Tech invites applications for a 3-year funded position in its PhD program.

The successful candidate will work with Prof. Weslynne Ashton on developing design frameworks to enable more effective use of wasted food in the United States. This research is part of a broader initiative, Multiscale RECIPES, funded by the US National Science Foundation, bringing together over 40 researchers and 14 institutions working across the food system to advance the science needed to make our wasteful food system sustainable, equitable, and resilient. 

The team at the Institute of Design will collaborate with community, industry and academic stakeholders in Chicago and beyond, in research and co-design for developing circular innovations for wasted food, articulating the multiple types of value advanced through collaborative approaches in wasted food management, and facilitating partnerships for adopting and scaling such solutions.

 Requirements: English proficiency, background in design research/strategy and a technical area of expertise (e.g., engineering, data science, or food science).

 Preferences: significant experience working with organizations and communities in US cities; knowledge of urban and/or environmental design, industrial ecology and/or circular economy, and prior teaching experience.

 To apply: Please email Prof. Ashton at for further information about how to apply for this position.

  • Application deadline: Mar 31, 2022
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Design
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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