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About the School of the Environment

Since 1900, YSE has addressed the world’s most critical environmental challenges through research, practice-based scholarship, and public engagement.

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    Students at YSE gain the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to create a sustainable future for themselves and future generations. They are part of 14 master’s and three doctoral programs, including joint- and dual-degrees offered in collaboration with departments and schools across Yale and with external peer institutions. YSE also hosts more than 20 unique centers, programs, and initiatives that foster groundbreaking research, sponsor internship opportunities, and host engaging conferences and events that elevate diverse voices and ideas in numerous fields of study.

    Our internationally renowned faculty lead rigorous coursework across ten learning communities, each focused on a different area of expertise. Their innovative research, completed with students and staff across Yale and within numerous disciplines, is changing how we understand the environment, conservation, and sustainability.

    Alumni Impacts

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    Generating Climate Solutions

    While tackling the climate crisis can seem overwhelming at times, Victoria Mansfield ’22 MEM is helping to find answers by overseeing the Climate Solutions Generator, a six-week program run by Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking.

    More than 50 students participated in the program in teams, pitching a solution on issues ranging from food waste to energy.

    “It is motivating to work with teams of students with interdisciplinary backgrounds who are coming together for innovate solutions,” says Mansfield.

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    Dismantling Equity Barriers in Food Systems

    Working with the Good Foods Communities campaign and their partners, YSE students examined institutional supply chains in Buffalo, N.Y. and found that a lack of transparency and discriminatory practices keep minority-owned farms, small-scale producers, and front-line workers at a disadvantage.

    The study,  part of a project for the “Social Justice in the Global Food System Capstone” class, was conducted by YSE students Erica Hellen ’21 MEM, Viola Taubmann ’21 MEM, Avery Siler ’22 MEM, and Abbey Warner ’22 MEM.

    Job Opportunities

    All jobs are posted in STARS, Yale University's online hiring and recruitment system.

    Current staff positions available:

    Current postdoctoral positions available:

    • Postdoctoral Associate Position in Electricity Economics at Yale University
      The Yale School of the Environment invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Electricity Economics. The successful candidate will work on both their own research in energy and electricity economics and support a project funded by Iberdrola/Avangrid on the value of electricity storage from both the private perspective and social perspective. In addition to energy arbitrage (buying low – selling high), storage can help in balancing the system, reduce renewable curtailment, lower emissions, and reduce the need for peak generation, transmission and distribution capacity. The project will leverage rich data from a local electric utility alongside publicly available electricity system data. The hire will be expected to assist with field experiments and surveys, perform econometric analyses, co-author papers, and participate fully in the environmental economics community at Yale. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. focusing on topics in empirical environmental and energy economics, ideally with a focus on the economics of electricity. In addition, the hire will be expected to have exceptional research, writing, and verbal communication skills, as well as an inclusive and flexible approach to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals and organizations. This is a one-year position with an expected reappointment for a second year upon satisfactory performance.

      Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from and nominations of women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until March 1st. The start date of the position is negotiable, with the default of a July 1st 2022 start date.

      Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their CV, along with a list of at least three references to Kenneth Gillingham, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics at kenneth.gillingham@yale.edu.

    • Postdoctoral Associate Position in Energy Economics at Yale University

      The Yale School of the Environment invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Energy Economics. The successful candidate will work on both their own research in energy economics and support a major U.S. Department of Energy-funded project on the co-adoption of solar photovoltaics and related energy technologies under the supervision of Prof. Ken Gillingham. The project brings to bear unique data, and will allow a deeper understanding of consumer behavior and the effects on the electricity grid of co-adoption. The hire will be expected to assist with field experiments and surveys, perform econometric analyses, co-author papers, and participate fully in the environmental economics community at Yale. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. focusing on topics in empirical environmental and energy economics with exceptional research, writing, and verbal communication skills, as well as an inclusive and flexible approach to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals and organizations. This is a one-year position with an expected reappointment for a second year upon satisfactory performance.

      Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from and nominations of women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until March 1st. The start date of the position is negotiable, with the default of a July 1st 2022 start date.

      Interested candidates should email a cover letter and their CV, along with a list of at least three references to Kenneth Gillingham, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics at kenneth.gillingham@yale.edu.

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