Environmental Chemistry

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Institution: 
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Job Description: 

 The Department of Environmental Sciences at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist.

Wastewater reuse for agricultural irrigation reduces demand from surface and ground water sources. However, this innovative strategy involves risks from the higher levels of organic and inorganic contaminants in recycled wastewater compared to conventional water sources. We are investigating how stormwater infiltration in aging wastewater treatment systems affects the suitability of recycled wastewater for agricultural irrigation. The project will include wastewater collection and analysis, as well as plant growth experiments. We will analyze water, plants, and soil for organic and inorganic contaminants using both targeted and non-targeted methods.

We are seeking a recent Ph.D. with training in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • LC-MS analysis (including targeted and non-targeted methods) and sample preparation for analysis of organic contaminants in complex matrices
  • ICP-OES/ICP-MS analysis and sample preparation by acid digestions
  • Growing plants in a research-oriented setting
  • Non-targeted data analysis methods and multivariate statistical analysis
  • Environmental modeling (fate and transport of contaminants)

The candidate should demonstrate enthusiasm for the project, a willingness to learn, a commitment to work cooperatively, and must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. A significant record of productivity as demonstrated through refereed publications is preferred. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The appointment is for 1.5 years, with potential extension subject to performance and funding availability. The starting salary is $51,622/yr with competitive medical and dental benefits. The ideal start date is January 3, 2022.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents electronically:

1) A letter of application describing your interest in the position, research interests and career goals, and a brief overview explaining how your research experience will help you succeed with the position duties.

2) A Curriculum Vitae 

3) The names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

Please send the above materials to Sara Nason (sara.nason@ct.gov) and Nubia Zuverza-Mena (nubia.zuverza@ct.gov). Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Candidates can contact Sara or Nubia with any questions about the position.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is the nation’s first state Agricultural Experiment Station, founded in 1875. The main campus is located in New Haven, Connecticut. The CAES also encompasses a 75-acre research farm in Hamden, a satellite research facility and farm in East Windsor, and a research farm in Griswold. The CAES is a state-supported scientific research institution dedicated to improving the food, health, environment, and well-being of Connecticut residents.

Equal employment opportunity means employment of people without consideration of age, ancestry, color, criminal record (in state employment and licensing), gender identity or expression, genetic information, intellectual disability, learning disability, marital status, mental disability (past or present), national origin, physical disability (including blindness), race, religious creed, retaliation for previously opposed discrimination or coercion, sex (pregnancy or sexual harassment), sexual orientation, veteran status, and workplace hazards to reproductive systems unless the provisions of sec. 46a-80(b) or 46a-81(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes are controlling or there are bona fide occupational qualifications excluding persons in one of the above protected classes. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact Dr. Jason White, Director, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, P.O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504, (203) 974-8440 (voice), or Jason.White@ct.gov (e-mail). CAES is an affirmative action/equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means of communication of program information should contact the Chief of Services, Michael Last at (203) 974-8442 (voice), (203) 974-8502 (FAX), or Michael.Last@ct.gov (e-mail)