Life Cycle Engineering

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD Student
Job Institution: 
University of Toledo
Job Description: 

Sustainability Engineering Lab has an opening for a 4 year Sustainable Energy Pathway (SEP) PhD fellow to work on a National Science Foundation funded multidisciplinary project on development, sustainability analysis, and outreach of earth-abundant thin-film solar cells. The PhD fellow will be housed in the department of civil engineering but will be part of a larger team effort involving the disciplines of engineering, physics, materials science, chemistry, economics, environmental sciences, social science, and education. The applicant will spend 80 % of their time on environmental engineering aspect of the project focusing on development of life cycle assessment models for FeS2, CuxS, CuO, Zn3P2, and Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cells. The candidate’s life cycle sustainability analysis work will involve development of scenarios; estimation of economic, social, and environmental life cycle impacts; and iterative revision of scenarios using Bayesian statistics and Structured Equation Modeling (SEM). The applicant will spend the remaining 20 % of their time working on interdisciplinary aspects of the project and will also be interacting closely with other six SEP PhD fellows of the project. The selected applicant will be funded with a PhD stipend, tuition waiver, health benefits, and travel support to attend professional conferences. Desired qualifications for the Life Cycle Sustainability (LCSA) SEP PhD Fellow are: - MS degree in civil, environmental, chemical, mechanical engineering or a related field - Extensive experience with computer modeling, preferably involving life cycle assessment and Bayesian statistics - Excellent quantitative, analytical, and communication skills - Prior knowledge on solar energy is desirable Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GRE/Toefl scores (if applicable), the names of three references, copies of their transcripts, and one published manuscript (or a copy of MS thesis or draft) in a single pdf file to professor Defne Apul ( The position is available as of Spring 2012 and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For more information, please visit: