Edgar Hertwich

Professor of Industrial Sustainability

Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate, Climate Change Mitigation through Material Cycling

Material production and forming is responsible for more than half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry. Reducing primary material production through increased recovery of secondary materials and lifetime extension of products and structures through refurbishment, remanufacturing and repurposing are important strategies to reduce GHG emissions from industry that have not yet received adequate attention. The Yale Center for Industrial Ecologyhas a long track record of uncovering material cycles and investigating circular economy opportunities through industrial symbiosis. We are now part of the REMADE Institute, a major DOE-funded effort to develop technologies and business models for closing material loops. Yale CIE researcher Barbara Reck leads the systems analysis node, which investigates the energy and GHG savings, resource potential, and costs of different technologies and management options.  
The Postdoctoral associate is to develop a life cycle assessment (LCA) based system for the quantification of energy savings and emission reductions achieved by material cycles under different scenarios for the development of the energy system, under supervision of Professor Edgar Hertwich. The candidate will work closely with the REMADE technology partners, including major US manufacturing, recycling and waste management companies. 
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in industrial ecology, engineering, material sciences, or applied economics and have strong modelling and programming skills. Programming skills in high level languages (e.g., Python, Matlab, GAMS, R, Java, C++) and familiarity with LCA databases are an asset.  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.
To receive full consideration, please submit your application no later than February 15, 2017.
Prior to applying, candidates should explore websites for Yale F&ES (http://environment.yale.edu) and the Center for Industrial Ecology (http://cie.research.yale.edu). Required materials should be submitted to cie@yale.eduand 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
May 1, 2017 (Flexible)
This is a full-time, two-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.