Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL)


Postdoctoral Positions

No open positions are available at this timeHowever, we will be accepting new postdocs in the upcoming academic year.

Prospective Graduate Students

Prospective Ph.D. students interested in CRFEL research should apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN) before the deadline of December 15thME Graduate Admissions. Note that the application to the UMN ME Ph.D. Program is very competitive: successful applicants are expected to have a very strong academic background (GPA and ranking in class are often used as the evaluation metrics), be highly motivated, and have strong interests in performing top-quality research and publishing in top-tier journals. Interested ones are welcome to contact Prof. Suo Yang (through email) to express your interest in CRFEL. 

Typically, at least one new Ph.D. position is available with CRFEL each year.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

CRFEL generally employs at least one University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate student during the summer as an undergraduate research assistant. In addition, Prof. Yang is always happy to advise undergraduate independent work during the academic year. Please contact Prof. Yang for further information.

Prospective Visitors

We perform research on a wide range of topics. We will be happy to host visiting students and visiting scholars. Interested individuals are welcome to contact Prof. Suo Yang through email.


To join 


, a solid background in thermo-fluids & numerical methods and a strong computer programming (C++ and/or FORTRAN 90, 
object-oriented programming) skill are required. Previous experience with high-performance parallel computing (HPC) is desired but not necessary for students. For postdocs and visitor scholars, strong publication record as a first author in peer-reviewed journal articles is required.

Application Materials

  • A detailed academic CV (including a list of publications if applicable).
  • Transcripts and certificates of ranking (required for students, but not required for postdoc or visitor scholar positions).
  • A brief statement that highlights the research interests and skills.
  • One to three publications/reports/slides/posters that you are most proud of. For postdocs and visitor scholars, only publications are acceptable.
  • Contact details of two/three references.

About UMN and ME

UMN is located in Minneapolis/St. Paul (i.e., Twin Cities), which is the 13rd largest metropolitan area in the United States with very convenient transportation, life, and job opportunities. A lot of Fortune 500 companies and 17 headquarters of them reside in the Twin Cities area. The Twin Cities area has the 6th highest median household income among all metro areas in the United States.

UMN is ranked 8th in research among all public universities in the United States according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development and the Springer Nature Index in 2019. UMN faculty and alumni have won 25 Nobel Prizes (30 if including researchers), which is ranked 2nd among all public universities in the nation (right behind UC-Berkeley). Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) is one of the top 5 university-owned supercomputer centers in the nation. UMN also has the top 20 highest number of leading scholars among all research institutes in the world, based on the PLOS citation data over the past two decades.

The most recent Assessment of Doctoral Programs performed by the National Research Council (NRC) ranked the UMN ME department well within the top 10% of all ME doctoral programs in the United States, and by its “R-ranking,” as high as 7th out of 163 ME doctoral programs in the country. This ranking is rigorously determined, based upon the research output of our faculty and graduate students. UMN ME department currently has 5 members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which is ranked 3rd among all ME departments of public universities in the United States (right behind UC-Berkeley and UT-Austin). The department has been ranked 1st in heat transfer for more than half century since the arrival of Prof. Ernst G. Eckert in Minnesota in 1951.