PFAS risks related to Treated Wastewater Irrigation

Job Type
Job Rank
Graduate student, research assistant, and post-doctoral positions
Job Institution
Clemson University
Job Description

Graduate student, research assistant, and post-doctoral positions are available immediately at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, in Georgetown, South Carolina for the risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) caused by treated wastewater irrigation in agricultural soils. This position will be supported by a recently funded USDA-AFRI project entitled “Identifying effective farming practices to reduce risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food crop productions”.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with a team of scientists in biogeochemistry, wastewater/water treatment, and soil chemistry in different universities/institutes to investigate the adsorption and desorption of PFAS under the different water matrix and the PFAS transport and fate from soils to plants under different irrigation methods. He/she will be actively engaged in most aspects of the research and will be encouraged to involve with other funded projects (such as soil/dissolved organic matter and disinfection byproducts) in the group ( He/she will have the opportunity to develop his/her own research ideas within the project goals.

The post-doctoral appointment is a full-time for one year, with the option for up to 3 years depending on performance. The research assistant position can be a part-time depending on the availability of the candidate. The graduate student position for a PhD assistantship up to 4 years with tuition wavier. Candidates in a relevant science or engineering field such as environmental engineering/ science and agricultural engineering are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send the following documents in a single PDF File to Dr. Huan Chen (, Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and Dr. Alex Chow (, Professor at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at the Clemson University through the email: (1) a letter of application describing your relevant experiences; (2) CV; (3) list of three names of the references. Review of candidates will begin immediately, and the hiring decision will be made as soon as possible after an excellent candidate is identified.