Environmental Processes Engineering

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Funded M.S./Ph.D. Positions
Job Institution: 
Cornell University
Job Description: 

The Environmental Processes (EP) research focus area of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/) invites applications for research-based M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D. studies beginning in the 2017/2018 academic year. Cornell offers graduate students the opportunity to individualize their course of study with a committee of faculty members to select the most important courses to complement their research. Students in the EP focus area take courses related to physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment, water chemistry, biological processes, and a variety of specialized courses including environmental risk analysis, environmental fate and transport modelling, biocatalysis and biodegradation, and can also take advantage of an extensive range of courses in other environment-focused disciplines at Cornell. Research in the EP area generally focuses on the biological, chemical, and physical phenomena that affect the behavior and fate of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. There are currently four active research groups:

Monroe Weber-Shirk – (http://aguaclara.cee.cornell.edu/) - Physical/chemical water treatment process innovations for international applications as part of the AguaClara program; application of research to designs for efficient removal of colloidal and dissolved contaminants.

Ruth Richardson – (http://www.cee.cornell.edu/cee/people/profile.cfm?netid=rer26) - Bioremediation; wastewater treatment; quantitative use of microbial biomarkers to monitor and infer rates of specific processes in environmental settings; microbially derived biofuels; greenhouse gas cycling by microbes in natural and wastewater environments; pathogen detection and quantification in water resources; application of omics techniques to discover novel enzymes.

Damian E. Helbling – (http://helbling.research.engineering.cornell.edu/) - Fate and transport of trace organic chemicals in aquatic environments; biological and chemical transformations of organic chemicals in natural and engineered systems; high-resolution mass spectrometry for environmental forensics and metabolomics; environmental and ecological determinants of persistence.

Matthew Reid – (http://reid.cee.cornell.edu/) - Coupled biological, chemical, and physical controls on contaminant fate in soil and water environments; ecological engineering technologies for water quality protection; greenhouse gas emissions from biological processes in soil and water.  Professor Reid is hiring students this year to work on projects related to microbial arsenic cycling in rice paddies and transport dynamics of nitrogen gases in constructed wetland soils.

Applicants should possess a B.S. or M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, or a related field. Admitted applicants will receive a competitive stipend, full tuition, and benefits. Interested students must first apply and be admitted to the graduate program of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Processes focus area) at Cornell University (http://gradschool.cornell.edu/admissions/applying/apply-now). Applicants should mention specific faculty with whom they would like to work in their application materials and discuss how their research interests align with current research programs.

The faculty of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University are internationally recognized leaders in water-related research. Our program ranks 10th in the nation according to the 2015 US News and World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools. Recent graduates of our program are now working in academia, for the US government, with NGOs, and in internationally recognized consulting firms. Ithaca, New York enjoys a high quality of life and is frequently listed as one of the best college towns in America.