Two fully-funded PhD positions are available for an interdisciplinary project with the Bilec ( and Khanna ( research groups at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We seek highly motivated students for a unique opportunity to conduct research in the broad area of circular economy that includes several academic partners. The project involves an exciting combination of industrial ecology, environmental systems analysis, life cycle assessment, data science, and network analysis for circular economy.


Successful applicants will have a BS or MS degree in Civil, Environmental, or Chemical engineering or equivalent, have an excellent academic record, and work well in a collaborative research environment. Familiarity with systems-analysis tools and techniques (life cycle assessment, data science etc.) is a plus. In addition, fluency in English (written and oral), excellent scientific writing skills, the ability to organize and analyze data and clearly disseminate your findings are essential. Applicants should review the departmental website at for admission requirements and application instructions.


Pittsburgh has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the US ( The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer – students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The funded PhD students would start January 1, 2020. The selected candidates will receive competitive monthly stipend along with full tuition waiver and health insurance. If you have any additional questions, please contact Prof. Bilec ( and/or Prof. Khanna (

Please act fast in submitting your application.

  • Application deadline: Jan 01, 2020
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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