Date Posted
28 Feb 2024

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PhD Various
North Carolina State University

Ph.D. position

28 Feb 2024

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Position Description

Research areas:

The United States is actively pursuing a transition from fossil fuel-based economy to a bio-based economy that sustainably utilizes renewable biomass resources for producing energy, intermediate and final product. The development of bioeconomy is one of research focuses in the Forest Biomaterials Department at North Carolina State University. Prof. Yuan Yao, an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science and Engineering, is looking for Ph.D. students to take a lead role in developing state-of-the-art analysis tools for quantifying environmental impacts of bioenergy and biomaterials, optimizing existing and future industrial systems, and identifying feasible pathways to a more sustainable future.

Ph.D. students will receive financial support that includes stipends, tuition and health benefits as Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). The successful applicants should have relevant backgrounds in Chemical Engineering or other related engineering fields. Applicants should hold a BS or Master’s degree or graduate in the very near future – date of graduation must be enclosed in the application. Good speaking and written English is required (TOEFL > 90 is preferred for international applicants). GRE is required for all applicants.
Previous experience and/or documented knowledge in one or more of the following areas are highly recommended to apply:
• Process optimization and mathematical programming (e.g., Matlab, R, Python, GAMS)
• Chemical process modeling and simulation (e.g., AspenPlus or similar software)
• Life Cycle Assessment methodologies and ecosystems services assessment

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the positions are filled. Members of historically underrepresented groups in engineering fields are strongly encouraged to apply. NC State is a top-tier research university located in Raleigh, NC which is the anchor of the Research Triangle region, consistently recognized for the high quality of life.

Dr. Yuan Yao,

Yuan Yao

How to Apply

Dr. Yuan Yao, More info about application procedures:

Position Category: Engineering. Position Type: PhD Various. Position Tags: modeling, engineering, optimization, and sustainability. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.