Postdoctoral Position in Nutrient Recovery

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Institution: 
UC Berkeley
Job Description: 

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to lead a project on recovery of nutrients from urine and production of fertilizer products.  The primary focus of the postdoc’s research will be building and operating a pilot system to recover nitrogen from urine using ion exchange.  

The postdoctoral researcher will join the group of Prof. Kara Nelson at U.C. Berkeley and will be a member of ReNUWIt (, an NSF-funded center on Reinventing our Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure. There will also be an opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary team that is studying strategies to increase the sustainability of Food, Energy and Water Systems (FEWS) by recovering value from waste streams. 

The position is for one year and the start date must be before August 1, 2021. 

Successful applicants must have a PhD in environmental engineering (or similar field) with specific expertise in water quality and physico-chemical processes, as well as experience operating a bench- or pilot-scale treatment process.  Prior experience with automation is a plus (e.g., PLC, Arduino).  Successful applicants will also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, writing and oral communication skills, ability to work independently, experience mentoring more junior researchers, and a desire to be part of an inclusive research community. 

Applicants should send the following materials to Prof. Kara Nelson ( with the subject line “Nutrient recovery postdoc application”: a cover letter stating interest in the project and summary of qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for two references. Initial review of applications will begin on June 1 and will continue until the position is filled.