PhD graduate position in LIBS and geochemistry

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD graduate student
Job Institution: 
Carnegie Mellon University
Job Description: 

Opening for a PhD graduate position in LIBS and geochemistry at CMU and NETL


The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in collaboration with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (US DOE-NETL) is seeking to admit a PhD graduate student in CO2 storage/Shale Gas exploration within the Environmental Engineering, Sustainability & Science group of CMU.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and is part of DOE’s national laboratory system. NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development programs. It is the leading national laboratory in advancing our energy options (e.g. CO2 sequestration, natural oil and gas exploration, etc.) and improving our environment. For more information, visit:

Position Description:

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Environmental Engineering program in collaboration with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL, U.S. DOE) is seeking a highly motivated student to conduct graduate research on assessing mineral dissolution processes using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Raman spectroscopy.

Highly motivated candidates with a BS/MS degree in relevant engineering and/or science disciplines will be considered. The ideal candidate would possess a M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geology or related field, and would have a background in environmental engineering/chemistry, geology, geochemistry or spectroscopy. Working experience with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), and understanding of Raman spectroscopy and geochemistry is highly preferred.

Successful applicants must possess excellent English communication skills.  Qualified applicant will be funded with competitive stipend, tuition, and travel support to attend professional meetings. Additional details on applying to our program can be found at


The position is available in August 2014. Interested candidates should send a cover letter (one page or less) summarizing their qualifications, motivations, research interests and experience, a complete academic CV (including GRE and TOEFL scores as applicable) and names of references (along with their contact information), as a single PDF file, to: Dr. Thanasis Karamalidis (E-mail:, Tel: 412-268-1175), Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Application review begins immediately and will continue until candidates are selected. The research will be conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and at NETL’s Research & Development facilities in Pittsburgh, PA. The appointee must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE site access clearance.