Green Building Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Graduate Research Assistantship (MSCE, MSETOX, or Sc.D.)
Job Institution: 
University of South Alabama
Job Description: 

The Whelton and Stenson Groups at the University of South Alabama are collectively seeking a candidate for a graduate research assistantship (GRA) in Civil Engineering that begins in Summer 2013. The selected individual will conduct thesis work in pursuit of a M.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Environmental Toxicology, or Sc.D. Systems Engineering degree on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project entitled “Towards a Safer and Greener Indoor Environment: Chemical Liberation from Polyethylene Plumbing Pipes.” This project was awarded to Drs. Andrew Whelton (South Alabama) and Alexandra Stenson (South Alabama) Fall 2012. The graduate student will receive full financial support (lucrative stipend + tuition), should be highly motivated with good academic standing, and work full‐time on their thesis research project. The student will examine polymeric materials being used for green building plumbing systems and help develop a fundamental understanding of the physical-chemical interactions between the polymers and the fluids they convey. Applicants should hold at least a B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Environmental Science with some knowledge of environmental chemistry, chemical detection and analysis. We invite interested applicants to visit the Whelton Group Blog and Stenson Group websites (, and to send a personal statement with justification that describes their background, unique skill set, and interests to Prof. Andrew Whelton ( This position will remain open until filled. Women and minority students are encouraged to apply. The candidate must have a strong desire to learn and apply fundamental environmental chemistry and engineering principles using state‐of‐the‐art analytical techniques and equipment. The University of South Alabama has over 15,000 students and is one of Alabama’s fastest-growing public universities. Our University is located in Mobile, whose metropolitan area population is 350,000 near the Gulf Coast’s white sandy beaches. The University prides itself on making a difference in Alabama and the nation through teaching, research, service, and health care. South Alabama offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, arts and sciences, business, allied health, and nursing. NOTE: To be officially offered the position, the candidate must apply to and be accepted into the graduate program. Minimum requirements (i.e., GRE, TOEFL, etc.) for admission to the respective degree programs can be found here and on department websites.