Funded PhD Positions in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Job Type
Job Rank
PhD Student
Job Institution
Cornell University
Job Description

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is recruiting two funded Ph.D. students to begin in Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 to work collaboratively with Prof. Damian E. Helbling and Prof. Matthew C. Reid on projects related to the fate of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the subsurface environment. The graduate student working with Prof. Helbling will be conducting laboratory experiments to: (i) elucidate the biotransformation pathways of polyfluoalkyl substances in bioreactors seeded with microbial communities derived from different subsurface environments, and (ii) characterize the sorption of polyfluoalkyl substances on different organic and mineral surfaces. The graduate student working with Prof. Reid will be conducting laboratory and field experiments with mesocosms that simulate wetland rhizosphere environments to study the fate and transformation of polyfluoalkyl substances during subsurface transport. Both graduate students will be joining a vibrant community of graduate students in the Environmental Processes focus area within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.

The Environmental Processes faculty focus on advancing fundamental knowledge and developing sustainable technologies that can contribute to the paradigm shifts needed to face the most urgent environmental challenges facing human societies such as energy/resources crises and climate change.  We train our students to develop the skills and ability to apply multi-disciplinary tools and more sustainable approaches for reducing detrimental environmental and health impacts resulting from chemical and biological contaminants. Graduates from our program pursue careers in academia, government, and industry.

Successful applicants will have a MS (preferred) or a BS in environmental engineering, environmental science, chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental chemistry, or a related field. Applicants should apply to the Ph.D. program (whether they will hold an MS or a BS degree at the time of matriculation) and submit a complete application through the Cornell graduate school website by February 1, 2023.

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