Research Project Assistant

Job Type
Graduate
Job Rank
Graduate Student
Job Institution
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Job Description

MS/PhD Environmental Resources Engineering (Ecological Engineering)
Applications are sought from qualified students seeking an advanced degree in environmental resources engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, NY (https://www.esf.edu). Sponsored research in sustainable materials management, wastewater biosolids, and fate and transport of PFAS is available. Fall 2023 admission, however Summer 2023 start is negotiable. Information about graduate programs in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering is available at https://www.esf.edu/ere/graduate/. Application materials should be submitted to the SUNY ESF Graduate School at https://www.esf.edu/graduate/admission.htm. Projects are led by Associate Professor Douglas Daley, Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, djdaley[@]esf.edu.
MS/PhD Environmental Resources Engineering – Research Project Assistant
Research opportunities related to sustainable materials management, and the fate and transport of contaminants of concern in the environment.
Project 1 Materials Management: Determine feasibility of using non-recyclable paper products as a compost feedstock. Develop novel approaches to optimize carbon capture through composting of “non-recyclable paper,” including residual post-consumer paper products (e.g., food waste packaging, coated containerboard). The project includes: Research effects of feedstock quality on compost quality; Characterize biodegradability of non-recyclable papers; Conduct bench-scale experiments to model fate and transport of contaminants (e.g., inks, plastics, heavy metals, PFAS); conduct demonstration project of novel composting technology; characterize PFAS in food-contact paper products.
Project 2 Characterize PFAS in Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs): Examine PFAS characteristics of influent, effluent and biosolids at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs); determine effect of treatment process on fate transport of PFAS; evaluate seasonal effects on PFAS characteristics; monitor effect of collection systems on PFAS fate.
Successful applicant(s) will:
• Design and fabricate bench- or pilot-scale experiments in support of the project scope
• Collect and analyze samples and related performance monitoring parameters
• Prepare data analyses, conference presentations, technical reports and manuscripts for peer review.
• Work collegially with co-investigators, supervise undergraduate research aides, and interact with project sponsor and facility owners/operators
Minimum qualifications: (in addition to College and Department requirements):
• B.S. or M.S. Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science or closely-related science-based discipline
• Able to work independently, with excellent written and oral communication skills
• Able to climb 8-foot step ladder, and to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Able to work under a variety of climate conditions in Central New York.
Preferred qualifications:
• Driver’s license
• Access to vehicle for local transportation
• Knowledge of engineering hydrology, fate and transport processes, biodegradation, microbial ecology, composting, probability and statistics, soil science, organic chemistry, biogeochemistry
• Laboratory analytical skills, quantitative analysis, modeling
• Project management and supervision experience