Contaminant degradation in groundwater

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral Scholar
Job Institution
Clemson University
Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at Clemson University

David L. Freedman (PI)
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Clemson University

Deadline: Application review will begin September 30, 2022

Start Dates: Earliest availability

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University. The new hire will work with David Freedman on projects funded by ESTCP, SERDP, and the Navy that involve the application of 14C assays and compound specific isotope analysis to evaluate degradation rate constants for chlorinated ethenes and 1,4-dioxane in groundwater.  The research associate will be a key member of several project teams, which include participants from academia and consulting.  The main objectives of the projects are to evaluate 1) the role of magnetic materials in drinking water aquifers to catalyze abiotic processes; 2) the impact of modest heating on abiotic degradation rates; 3) biotic and abiotic degradation of 1,4-dioxane diffusing from clays; and 4) the impact of co-contaminants on the biodegradation kinetics for 1,4-dioxane.  The research associate will have an opportunity to participate in project management, supervise graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in report and proposal writing.
Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in environmental engineering or a closely related field;
  • Experience in preparing and monitoring microcosms;
  • Experience with analytical methods, including gas chromatography;
  • Ability to handle and process large data sets for the purpose of determining rate constants; and
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in working with 14C-labeled compounds;
  • Prior experience in maintaining anaerobic cultures;
  • Prior experience in synthesizing minerals; and
  • Familiarity in using of R and Matlab.

A review of applications will begin on September 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Prospective postdocs should submit their application using Interfolio:

The required application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least four references, as well as an explanation of your relationship to the references. 

The position is available immediately, although the start date is negotiable.  The initial appointment will be for one year (with the potential for renewal) and includes a competitive salary and benefits.
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.