Environmental Resources Engineering - Wastewater

Job Type
Job Rank
PhD student
Job Institution
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Job Description

One PhD student is expected to start in the 2023 Spring semester at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Funding will be a combination of Graduate Assistantship (GA) and Research Project Assistantship (RPA) that comes with full tuition scholarships (https://www.esf.edu/graduate/funding/awards.htm).

This student will develop a dissertation proposal and initiate research while assisting a postdoctoral associate in pilot tests on vacuum stripping and absorption (VaSA) for ammonia recovery and waste treatment in industrial settings. The dissertation research may cover wastewater nutrient recovery (VaSA and/or phosphorus recovery), anaerobic digestion, and/or slow pyrolysis/biochar.

The ideal candidate should have a BS/MS degree in Environmental/Chemical/Biosystems Engineering. A BS in biotechnology/environmental science or other closely related field may suffice, pending on the coursework and experience. Research/Working experience in a wastewater laboratory and instrumental analysis (material characterization, bio-molecular techniques, wet chem, etc.) is preferred.

Application instruction and submission are available at https://www.esf.edu/graduate/. Applicants should indicate Dr. Wendong Tao (https://watertao.wixsite.com/wastewater) as Major Professor (aka advisor) in the official online application when applying to Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) (https://www.esf.edu/ere/) or, if no engineering degree, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES) (https://www.esf.edu/environmentalscience/gpes/). We review applications based on GPAs, coursework, research experience, statement of study plan, GRE sectional scores, and TOEFL scores (if international). While the GPES and ERE programs do not have minimum GRE scores required, most admitted applicants have >150 Verbal, >158 Quantitative, and ³3 Analytical. Please note that applicants without a research-based Master’s degree are typically not considered for our PhD programs, although outstanding MS students can switch to PhD programs after one or 2 semesters of study. To expedite the review process, applicants do not have to pay the application fee and could use unofficial transcripts and personal test reports first. Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete the online application.