Multiple PhD and MS Assistantships in Urban Stormwater

Friday, November 3, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD and MS
Job Institution: 
Marquette University
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University invites PhD and Masters applicants to join Dr. Walter McDonald ( and Dr. Anthony Parolari ( on a number of recently funded projects related to real-time control of stormwater systems and monitoring of green stormwater infrastructure. Project descriptions are provided below.

1) Evaluating and proposing engineering, policy, and legal options to guide real-time control (RTC) of stormwater infrastructure. The project is funded through the NSF Water Equipment and Policy Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) located in Milwaukee, WI and presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with academic, water industry, and utility partners. The graduate research assistant will work alongside a Marquette law student to evaluate options for integrating real-time control of stormwater infrastructure into existing engineering regulatory criteria and legal structures. The students’ primary role will be to evaluate the response of real-time controls to proposed design criteria through rainfall-runoff models. Preference will be given to candidates with backgrounds in hydrologic modeling, programming, and/or urban stormwater management.

2) Low-cost real-time controls to improve volume and peak flow mitigation of green infrastructure. The main goal of this project is to develop a low-cost real-time control system that can augment green infrastructure practices to improve volume and peak flow mitigation. The graduate research assistant will work on real-time control development (hardware, software, power, etc.) and field implementation of controls within green infrastructure practices. Strong candidates will have a background in stormwater management and/or electrical and mechanical systems.

3) Evaluating green infrastructure performance through continuous monitoring. The goal of this project is to monitor multiple green stormwater infrastructure practices in order to quantify their long-term performance, identify limiting variables in meeting volume reduction goals, and develop improved metrics for volume retention and peak flow rates of green infrastructure. The graduate research assistant will develop the monitoring plan, maintain monitoring equipment, and collect and analyze data. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in environmental monitoring, stormwater modeling, and/or green stormwater infrastructure.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with the ability to work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. In addition to the desired project-specific qualifications, the successful candidates will have a Bachelors or Masters degree in civil and environmental engineering or other related field, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

The positions may start as early as January 2018 but candidates for Fall 2018 are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest and a resume to Dr. Walter McDonald (, as well as complete a graduate school application at