I am looking for motivated undergraduate, master, PhD students and visiting scholars to join my team at Penn State. 


Dr. Peng's group is planning to recruit one motivated PhD student through the Environmental Engineering program to start in Fall 2021. This position is fully funded.

  • The candidate is expected to contribute to the projects on: a) assessing the air quality and co-benefits of climate action at global and regional scales; b) quantifying the synergies and tradeoffs between health and climate objectives with considerations of future uncertainties. 

  • Students with strong quantitative backgrounds and an interest in policy applications are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge on atmospheric chemistry and transport modeling, health impact assessment, integrated assessment modeling or robust decision making is preferred but not required.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Peng before applying (weipeng@psu.edu). Please include the following information in the email: a) your academic CV, b) a brief summary of your research experience and skills, c) how would you contribute to this project and the group.


If you have a good quantitative background, are excited by research, and interested to learn new skills, I would be eager to bring you on board for our ongoing projects, or develop a new project with you. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with some of the projects we have completed in the past to get an idea of the type of work we do. Please then send me an email with a one-page memo summarizing your research interests and the skills you have/hope to learn.


We are always eager to work with master students in the School of International Affairs. We are looking for research assistants on the following topics:

  • Quantitative data analysis for the project to evaluate health effects of climate policies. Proficiency with R, Python or MATLAB is highly preferred. 

  • Popular writing to distill the academic findings from my group for a wider readership. Great communication and writing skills preferred. See a blog example I published with the Wilson Center. 

Co-authorship may be possible depending on the form of collaboration. If interested, please send me an email with you resume/CV, as well as a brief summary of your quantitative skills (Project a) and writing skills (Project b).


We welcome motivated visiting students/scholars to join us in the Happy Valley. While I don't have funding at the moment to sponsor visitors, I would be happy to host you if you can be funded by your own institutions or other sources.

Please send me your CV and research plan for further discussions (for students, also include transcripts, and one letter of recommendation from your adviser).