Environmental engineering - fate and transport

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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Ph.D. positions
Job Institution: 
Temple University
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Ph.D. opportunities in contaminant fate and transport – Environmental Engineering at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

Two environmental engineering Ph.D. positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Erica R. McKenzie at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students will conduct experimental research in the following two areas:

1.    Poly- and perfluorinated substance (PFAS) removal by ion exchange (IX) resin: optimizing treatment of contaminated water

PFASs are a human and ecosystem health concern, and are present at concern-worthy concentrations in the drinking water of six million Americans.  This project combines laboratory batch and column laboratory studies to assess IX performance for PFASs removal, and potential IX regeneration, and will include LC-MS/MS analysis.  This research will be conducted in collaboration with a several industrial partners.

2.    Metal-organic matter complexation in green stormwater infrastructure: quantifying the role of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in metal mobility

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) relies on infiltration to restore water flows and to improve water quality, however contaminant dynamics in GSI are not well understood. This project addresses the movement of potentially toxic elements through stormwater BMP media, and how DOC affects the mobility.  This research will combine laboratory and field work, coupled with ICP-MS and LC/ICP-MS analysis.

Applicants should be enthusiastic and motivated, should have a B.S. in environmental engineering or a related field, and should have strong verbal and written communication skills; a M.S. is highly preferred.  Experience with laboratory research and environmental analytical chemistry are considered a positive, but not mandatory.  The expected start date is Fall 2018 and selected applicants will be supported via both research and teaching assistantships, which will includes tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance. Prospective applicants should officially apply to the Temple University Ph.D. program (link below) and should also submit application materials directly to Dr. McKenzie (ermckenzie@temple.edu; statement of interest, resume, GRE score, TOEFL score if applicable, and contact information of three referees) by December 30th; prospective applicants should send questions regarding the positions to Dr. McKenzie.

Philadelphia has been ranked among the top cities in which to reside or visit.  The Temple University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering includes approximately forty graduate students engaged in research on a variety of topics.

Apply to Temple University Ph.D. program: http://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/engineering/environmental-engineering-phd/#admissiontext