Physicochemical treatment; water chemistry; uranium remediation

Friday, June 9, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral researcher
Job Institution: 
University of New Mexico; Center for Water and the Environment
Job Description: 

The Center for Water and the Environment at the University of New Mexico is seeking highly-qualified candidates for 2 postdoctoral researcher positions.  Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering or closely related fields.  Candidates from groups underrepresented in engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.  Interested candidates should send a single PDF file containing a CV and a cover letter that clearly states how you meet the requirements of this position to the faculty member listed below. The positions are available immediately and will be open until filled.

Position 1:  The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to design and conduct laboratory experimental research related to the physicochemical treatment of flue gas desulfurization process wastewater and/or brackish water desalination concentrate for recovery of minerals.  Funding is from grants from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.  The NSF grant is from the CREST (Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology) program, which has a mission of expanding the presence of historically underrepresented students in science and engineering disciplines.  Given the mission of the CREST program, the successful applicant will be expected to serve as a role model for high school and college students from historically underrepresented groups and be able to inspire them to pursue careers in science and engineering.  For this position, send your application to Dr. Kerry Howe at howe@unm.edu.

Position 2:  The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to conduct laboratory and field-based experiments to investigate biogeochemical interactions affecting the reactivity of uranium, and co-occurring organic/inorganic constituents in abandoned mine wastes. The research tasks involve strong partnerships with Native American communities. This research will require the integration of microscopy, spectroscopy, molecular biology, and aqueous chemistry techniques to identify potential mechanisms affecting uranium mobilization and to engineer sustainable remediation strategies. Experience on synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques is a plus for this postdoctoral position. Funding for this research is provided by NSF and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). For this position, send your application to Dr. José M. Cerrato at jcerrato@unm.edu.