Oil and gas produced water research

Monday, May 15, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Doctoral student
Job Institution: 
University of Wyoming
Job Description: 

The Center of Excellence in Produced Water Management (CEPWM) at the University of Wyoming is seeking an energetic and self-motivated doctoral student to work on developing next generation treatment technologies for oil and gas produced waters. The anticipated start date for the position is August 2017 (fall semester). The position is a fully funded research assistantship covering tuition/fees, health insurance and a monthly stipend. The research focus for this position involves the development and evaluation of a novel magnetic water treatment process with applications in desalination, disinfection and organics removal. The student will evaluate the process at both fundamental and applied levels. A previous degree (BS or MS) in chemical, environmental, or civil engineering is highly desired. Academic and research backgrounds in physics, inorganic chemistry, nanomaterial synthesis/characterization, and/or organic chemistry are also highly sought. Desired qualifications include working knowledge of the following analytical techniques: ICP-MS, IC, TOC, light scatter (dynamic, static), and Raman spectroscopy. Familiarity with the following techniques are also desired but not required: XPS, XRD, GC-MS, NMR, SEM, and AFM. Candidates with previous experience in separation processes and hands-on skills in material synthesis techniques and characterization are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong academic record and excellent English communication skills. 

The University of Wyoming offers a world-class education in Laramie, WY (population ~ 30,000), which is located approximately 2 hrs north of Denver, CO. Founded in 1886, the university each year welcomes more than 14,000 students from all 50 states and 90 countries. Admission requirements to the University of Wyoming graduate program are as A minimum GRE score of 150 is required on the verbal reasoning section and a score of at least 141 on the quantitative reasoning section is required, (for doctoral programs a score of at least 153 on the verbal reasoning section and a score of at least 144 on the quantitative reasoning section is required). Minimum TOEFL scores of: 550 paper-based, 76 internet-based, or 6.0 IELTS are required.

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Jonathan Brant via e-mail (jbrant1@uwyo.edu) or by phone at 307.766.5446. Applicants must provide a copy of their CV, summary of relevant research experiences, and a 1-page statement summarizing their reasons for pursuing a PhD and their career goals. Applicants should also apply to the civil engineering graduate program through the following link: http://www.uwyo.edu/civil/grad/approcess.html. For more information on the CEPWM please visit the following website: www.cepwm.com.