Phosphorus recycling and recovery

Monday, December 11, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Graduate Research Assistant
Job Institution: 
University of Oklahoma
Job Description: 

Up to two graduate research assistant positions are available in the University of Oklahoma School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science.  Successful applicants will pursue research on phosphorus recovery and recycling using agricultural wastes.  Because there are no conceivable substitutes for phosphorus in food production, and because phosphorus reserves are limited, recycling and recovery efforts are critical for this resource.  This project will investigate and identify environmentally sustainable processes for recovering phosphorus from animal wastewaters using materials derived from low cost agricultural wastes (mainly plant biomass), then reapplying the recovered phosphorus as a fertilizer.   

At the University of Oklahoma, graduate students can pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science; the research assistant positions described here are open to students in both fields.  The admission requirements for all degree programs are given here:  Information about the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and the University of Oklahoma can be found here:, and here:, respectively.

Interested students should apply for graduate admission to the University of Oklahoma School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science according to the instructions and deadlines given here:  Applicants should also send a copy of all application materials (minus confidential letters of recommendation) as a single PDF file to Liz Butler (  This PDF file should include the names and contact information for two (for M.S. applicants) or three (for Ph.D. applicants) professional references.  All applicants must meet the admissions criteria; preference will be given to Ph.D. applicants (who have completed a M.S. degree), and to M.S. applicants who have had research experience as undergraduates.  The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is January 15, 2018.