The Department of Environmental Science and Technology at University of Maryland invites applications for two PhD-level graduate research assistantships in the areas of sustainable water management and water reuse.
The project motivation: Population growth and ongoing climate variability have posed severe stress on limited sources of freshwater. As a result, water reuse and the exploration of nontraditional irrigation water sources (e.g., reclaimed and brackish waters) have become national priorities with regard to agricultural water security and the sustainable food production. While using nontraditional sources of water for irrigation has shown promising results, there are still significant knowledge gaps concerning the availability (quantity and quality) of nontraditional irrigation water sources. More research is needed in terms of identification and classification of nontraditional water sources, and making the data available via user friendly geospatial databases and decision support tools.
Qualifications: Prospective applicants should have BS/MS degrees in environmental science/engineering, natural resources management, biological resources engineering or a closely related field. Applicants are expected to have solid background in geospatial analysis and ArcGIS; along with demonstrated success in previous academic research. Experience in data analysis, hydrological models and decision support systems is very desirable.
Timeline: Preferred start date is Summer or Fall 2016.
Interested applicants should send an email, including their CV, unofficial transcripts, a writing sample, and contact information of three references as a single PDF file to Dr. Masoud Negahban-Azar (email@example.com). The review process will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.