Postdoctoral Associate, Techno-Economic Analysis of Recycling Systems

Postdoctoral Associate, Techno-Economic Analysis of Recycling Systems


A position for a Postdoctoral Associate is available at the Center for Industrial Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment. The U.S. recycling industry is in the process of undergoing a major transformation, triggered by a combination of technological advances, updated trade policies, and an increased interest in circular economy solutions. AI-supported robotics is one such novel technology, used in different design setups in material recovery facilities (MRFs), and the focus of a broader research project into which this research is embedded. The interdisciplinary project team develops improved AI and robotics technology, studies human-technology interactions, and develops scenarios of future recycling systems. The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct a techno-economic analysis (TEA) of different MRF sizes and designs to analyze the tradeoffs of sorting efficiencies, cost, and workforce implications. Ideally, the TEA incorporates outputs from the other team members. The Postdoctoral Associate will work under supervision of Professor Marian Chertow and Dr. Barbara Reck.



Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, environmental and/or sustainability sciences, engineering, applied economics, or a similar discipline. Familiarity with the waste management industry, MRFs, and TEA are strongly encouraged. Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English are expected. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.



This position shall be filled as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed starting June 23, 2022 until the position is filled. Prior to applying, candidates should explore websites for the Yale School of the Environment ( and the Center for Industrial Ecology ( Required materials should be submitted to and include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vita, 3) statement of research, 4) writing sample (one publication), 5) names and contact information of 3 references.



New Haven, Connecticut, USA



August 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible)



This is a full-time, one-year, non-tenure-track appointment with possibility of extension. Annual salary is competitive and depends upon education and experience. The position includes medical and dental benefits and paid time off.


Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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  • Application deadline: Jun 23, 2022
  • Yale University
  • Center for Industrial Ecology, School of the Environment
  • New Haven, USA
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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