Born in Beijing to immigrant parents from Wuhu, Yongjing was educated at Beijing National Day School.

In the period 2009-2013, he studied math, physics and basic engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin campus) , and electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Birmingham. 

After completing his undergraduate study with Harbin and Birmingham, Yongjing went on to undertake research in Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, and was awarded a PhD in 2016 for research on the development of sustainable self-healing composite materials, under the supervision of Professor Duc Pham.

From 2016 until now, he worked in the School of Engineering, University of Birmingham. He started work as a Research Fellow with a focus on the development of robotic disassembly techniques and systems. In 2020 he became an Assistant Professor.