PhD positions at USF and UF

Thursday, November 15, 2012
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PhD students
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USF and UF
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The Sustainability Computational Modeling Research Group at University of South Florida (USF) and the Water Sustainability Research Group at University of Florida (UF) are seeking two PhD students to work on a collaborative project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstrac...). The objective of this project is to identify ion exchange processes that can treat groups of chemical contaminants in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way, develop a mathematical model that can allow the innovative ion exchange processes to be extended to other contaminants and conditions, demonstrate the efficacy of the innovative ion exchange processes through performance testing, and evaluate the life cycle impacts of the new ion exchange processes. The PhD student at UF will primarily work on the lab scale and pilot scale experiments of the proposed innovative ion exchange processes that can treat groups of chemical contaminants and which generate residual streams that have low or no NaCl salinity and are easy to dispose of. The PhD student at USF will primarily work on life cycle assessment and life cycle cost analysis of the ion exchange processes. Students at UF and USF will work collaboratively on the development and application of an ion exchange process model that incorporates multi-contaminant treatment and efficiency of regeneration process. This is a great opportunity for multi-skill training for PhD students in terms of laboratory analysis, pilot scale experiment, life cycle assessment and cost analysis, and interaction with water utilities.

Desired qualifications for the PhD student at USF include: MS degree in civil, environmental, chemical, or a related field; prior experience with life cycle assessment and process modeling; excellent quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GRE/Toefl scores (if applicable), and the names of three references to Dr. Qiong Zhang (qiongzhang@usf.edu).

Desired qualifications for the PhD student at UF include: MS degree in civil, environmental, chemical, or a related field; prior experience with water quality analysis and physical-chemical treatment experiments; excellent quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GRE/Toefl scores (if applicable), and the names of three references to Dr. Treavor Boyer (thboyer@ufl.edu).

The position is available as of Spring 2013 and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.