Biological processes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Job Institution: 
University of South Florida
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida (Tampa) seeks a postdoctoral research scholar with expertise in biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes.  The Environmental Engineering program at USF currently has several projects related to biological nutrient removal for both point (mainstream and sidestream BNR) and non-point (stormwater management, onsite wastewater treatment) sources of nutrients.  Our current research is part of a portfolio of NSF funding and an EPA funded National Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management (RAINmgt)   The postdoc will also be expected to work with Hillsborough County’s Public Utility Department to establish an Environmental Research and Education Center, which will be part of WEF’s Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) testbed network

This is a full-time position that may be renewed annually for a maximum of three years depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The salary will be negotiable depending on the scholar's experience and potential for research related to the project.  Applicants must hold a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the area of Environmental Engineering or a related discipline with a specialization in Biological Processes and must meet USF’s criteria for appointment to the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow. Candidates are to have the following research interests/expertise/experience: 1) excellent knowledge of physical, chemical and biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal processes, 2) ability to assist with the design, construction, operation and monitoring of innovative pilot-scale BNR facilities, 3) ability to mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers and 4) ability to assist with writing proposals and other publications.

The University of South Florida is one of only 40 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  In the 2016 fiscal year, USF System was awarded a record $458.5 million in contracts and grants. The university ranks 9th in the nation among public universities and 21st world-wide among all universities granted U.S. utility patents. It is ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation, public or private, for research expenditures.

The position will remain open until filled.  For full consideration, please apply by December 1, 2016.  A cover letter and curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references should be sent as a single pdf file to: Drs. Sarina Ergas ( and James Mihelcic (

Additional information can be found at (Job Opening 11377).