Treatment of perfluorinated contaminants - Demonstration Technology

Monday, October 24, 2016
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Colorado School of Mines
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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position.

The postdoc will lead a new collaborative research project designing and deploying a field demonstration treatment system for perfluorinated groundwater contaminants that combines nanofiltration with photochemical redox treatment processes. The project is funded by the Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC). The research project will also investigate fundamental physical-chemical mechanisms critical to treatment of recalcitrant poly- and perfluorinated substances (PFASs), and evaluate the economics and energy requirements of the innovative treatment technology in comparison to activated carbon treatment systems.

We are especially interested in candidates possessing prior research experience with pilot treatment systems (chemical, physical, or biological), including design, construction, operation, and automation of such systems. Candidates with backgrounds in membrane or photochemical treatment processes, and/or the fate and treatment of perfluorinated chemicals are also encouraged to apply.

The field demonstration project requires access to Department of Defense facilities, so U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. Colorado School of Mines will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Colorado School of Mines is also situated perfectly for a strong balance to work and personal life. The school is located in Golden, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, providing easy access to world class hiking, climbing, mountain biking, winter sports, and much more. The school is also located less than 15 miles from all the sites in downtown Denver.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with CV, list of references, 1-page summary of research background and future interests to Prof. Timothy Strathmann ( and Prof. Christopher Bellona ( The position is available immediately, and the applicant must be available to begin the position by February 1, 2017 at the latest.