PhD Assistantships for experimental/field research on cookstove emissions at NCSU
One or two funded graduate research assistantships to support PhD studies starting in Spring, Summer or Fall, 2014 are available in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, NC, USA. Highly motivated students are sought to conduct field- and lab-based experimental research on emissions from solid fuel use (cookstoves) in developing countries, with a focus on India. One position will focus on in-field measurement of technology adoption and performance and air pollution exposures, in collaboration with a diverse team of engineers, atmospheric scientists and social scientists studying the impact of upgraded stoves in rural India. A second position will focus on lab and field measurements of secondary organic aerosol production from the aging of biofuel combustion emissions.
Required qualifications for interested students include an MS in environmental, chemical or mechanical engineering. The ideal candidate(s) will have a strong background in air pollution, aerosols and/or atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, laboratory and/or field measurements and some prior international/field work experience. Some hands-on experimental experience is required and some background in scientific computing applications for data analysis (e.g. Igor Pro or Matlab) is highly desirable.
These projects are amazing opportunities for the right individuals to do high quality technical research (in the lab and in far-flung locations) on a pressing global problem affecting billions of people around the world. NCSU is in the vibrant ‘Research Triangle’ area of North Carolina and our group has ongoing relationships and collaborations with local research institutions (US EPA, RTI, UNC-Chapel Hill) and other domestic and international collaborators making for plentiful opportunities for professional interaction.
Interested candidates are encouraged to email a brief statement of research interest, CV, unofficial transcript(s), test scores (GRE and TOEFL as applicable), a sample of technical writing and contact details for three references as a single PDF file to: Dr. Andy Grieshop at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Cookstove assistantships” for assessment before submitting a formal application. Further details on the Grieshop research group can be found here: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~apgriesh/