Environmental Engineering

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD or Master candidates
Job Institution: 
Virginia Tech
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, invites applications for four Graduate Research Associate positions in Environmental Engineering to pursue research in three directions described below. These graduate students will conduct research in the Sustainable Environment Research Laboratory of Dr. Zhiwu (Drew) Wang stationed at the Northern Virginia Campus within the Washington metropolitan area.  

The ideal candidates should possess Master or Bachelor degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, biological system engineering, or a related field. Experience in mathematical modeling is preferred. The selected candidates will be supported with monthly stipend ranging from $2,100 to $2,300 besides benefits and full tuition. 

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Wang directly at wzw@vt.edu with email subject as “SERL GRA application”. A curriculum vita should be provided in your email showing GPA, GRE and TOFEL scores, the contact information of three references, and a full list of publications if applicable. Interested candidates can find more information about Dr. Wang’s research at http://www.water.cee.vt.edu The review process will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. 

  • Biogranules for bioprocess consolidation:

About two graduate students will be supported by this project with the aim of consolidating complex bioprocesses into the microstructure of biogranules for multiple pollutants removal or value-added product generation. Both fundamental and applied research opportunities can be found in this one project. It is especially suitable for candidates interested in pure or mixed culture biofilms. This position is immediately available. 

  • Fungi-enabled recalcitrant pollutants removal from contaminated environment:

This project harnesses fungi as a novel biological tool to remove various types of environmental pollutants that cannot be handled by bacteria. Candidates with experience in fungal cultivation will be considered in high priority. This position is expected to start in August 2018. 

  • Advanced biological phosphorus recovery for sustainable municipal wastewater treatment:

This project involves extensive fieldwork in local utilities and thus requires the graduate student to drive between multiple experimental sites and work closely with industrial partners.  The candidate with good hands-on ability and aspiration to finding solution to real-world engineering problems is preferred.  This position can be available as early as summer 2018.