Access to safe water and sanitation and the sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. The United Nations recently adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes a commitment to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The vast amount of data available today can help UN member states achieve the targets for safe water and sanitation.
The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU) is currently seeking two Master's level graduate research assistants to start in the Spring, Summer or Fall of 2018, and complete a project to develop an Open Data Portal for sanitation safety planning. The students will work in collaboration with the Global Water Pathogen Project (waterpathogens.org), with the possibility of doing a case study in Uganda. The project may also involve a 2 to 3 month internship with an agency of the United Nations, either in Geneva or in Uganda.
The ideal candidate should have a B.S. degree in Civil, Environmental, or Computer Engineering, and a strong interest in statistics, information technology, and international development. In addition, excellent writing and verbal communication skills are highly valued. Candidates should be willing to consider getting a Master's degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
Prospective students should send the following application materials in a single PDF file to Dr. Matthew Verbyla (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- One-page cover letter stating research interests and career goals
- Resume or CV
- Names and contact information for two references
- A technical writing sample (report, article, etc.)
SDSU campus is located in San Diego, California, which is the eighth largest city in the United States. It is located in Southern California, on San Diego Bay, about two hours south of Los Angeles and 30 minutes north of the border with Mexico. San Diego has one of the best climates in the United States, with daytime temperatures that average around 70°F year round and 266 days of sunshine per year. San Diego is home to numerous museums, performing arts venues, and more than 70 miles of sandy beaches and beautiful sunset and ocean views.