Prospective Students and Postdocs

Join us!

We are recruiting motivated and dynamic students and researchers who are passionate about water, energy, and the environment!

Ph.D. Students

We are looking for exceptional graduate students with a curiosity for science and an appetite for knowledge. Background in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and engineering, or a closely related field is strongly preferred. Prior research experience and industry training are both highly valued. The lab covers a broad spectrum of research activities, including experimental studies, theoretical work, and modeling, with a focus on material and process development.

Interested applicants are to contact Prof. Yip to discuss research opportunities before applying to Columbia. Graduate application information can be found on the Earth and Environmental Engineering website.

Postdoctoral Researchers

We are seeking a postdoc with a background in areas that can complement our research expertise, such as materials chemistry, electrochemical processes, or microbiology. Email directly with C.V. and cover letter.

M.S. Students

M.S. students looking to do research for academic credit (typically one semester) or for M.S. thesis (two semesters and possibly including summer) are recommended to reach out early to Prof. Yip for discussion, preferably in their first semester. 

The minimum weekly commitment during the academic semester is 10 hours. Highly recommended to have taken or been currently taking EAEE E4003 Introduction to Aquatic Chemistry and EAEE E6140 Environmental Physicochemical Processes. M.S. researchers are expected to attend lab group meetings and journal club discussions. Click here to apply.


Our lab offers opportunities for extensive research experience. Undergraduates will be involved in all aspects of research: from literature review to hands-on in the lab to data analysis to research communication. Students will initially work alongside senior researchers but are expected to work independently and make novel contributions as they progressively gain ownership of their own projects.

Undergrads can receive either academic credit or work-study remuneration, and research activities may extend into summer. The minimum weekly commitment to earn academic credit is 10 hours. Undergrad researchers are expected to attend lab group meetings, journal club discussions, and departmental seminars as their schedule permits. Students committed to research are encouraged to apply.