PhD student investigating Mountain Pine Beetle environmental impacts, LCA Modeling

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Job Rank: 
PhD Graduate Student
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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Job Description: 

Dr. James Stone (,-James/) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City in western South Dakota) is seeking one PhD level graduate student to work on a recently funded USGS104G project investigating the hydrologic and water treatment impacts of the current mountain pine beetle (MPB) outbreak in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.  The project includes determining life cycle assessment (LCA) impacts associated with enhanced drinking water treatment, coupled with field studies and watershed models to determine changes in the embodied energy of MPB-impacted drinking water.  The project involves collaborations amongst SDSM&T, US Forest Service (Black Hills National Forest and Rocky Mountain Research Station), and USGS.  One graduate research assistantship is available for applicants with an MS in civil, environmental, chemical engineering, or closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with LCA and/or field sampling and analysis experience.  Interested candidates are requested to send the following information to [james.stone ‘at’], including: 1) CV including contact information; 2) two potential referees including contact information;  3) a brief statement of qualifications and research interests; and 4) course transcripts (unofficial will suffice for screening). Preference will be given to PhD students that can enroll starting the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, and a new MS student may also be considered.   

The CEE Department has a BS degree in civil engineering, minors in environmental engineering and sustainable engineering, and three graduate degrees (MS CE, MS Construction Management, PhD CE), and participates in two interdisciplinary PhD programs. The department has fifteen full-time faculty and approximately 275 students. Additional information about the CEE Department may be found at, and information regarding the graduate school application process may be found at

Established in 1885 before South Dakota became a state, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a world-class technological university with a legacy of excellence.  The School of Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Academic rigor is an institutional hallmark we support by maintaining a low (i.e., 14:1) student-to-faculty ratio.  Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences (e.g., undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, national competitions involving teams fielded by our Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production, and study abroad.)  As a result, graduates begin their careers with average starting salaries in excess of $56K and a competitive professional advantage.  Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: Energy and Environment; Materials and Manufacturing; STEM Education; and Underground Science. Rapid City is home to over 2400 School of Mines’ students, including traditional and non-traditional learners from 37 states and 35 countries.  Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 68,886 and metropolitan population of 126,382) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills.  Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University.  Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about the School of Mines and Rapid City, visit: and