Ph.D. Position in Indoor Air Quality

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University of Cincinnati
Job Description

The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Lab led by Dr. Tianren Wu ( at the University of Cincinnati is looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on interdisciplinary IAQ research projects involving environmental chemistry and architectural engineering, beginning January 2024. The Lab focuses on characterizing the fate and transport of indoor air pollutants, improving IAQ sensing technology, and advancing engineering control and mitigation strategies. The successful candidate will join the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and work on the following potential projects: (1) characterization of highly oxygenated organic molecules (HOMs) formed from ozonolysis of human skin oils by using online high-resolution chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS); (2) performance of low-cost volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors and their applications in building ventilation systems; (3) physiochemical properties of indoor air pollutants in indoor aquatic centers and human inhalation exposure; and (4) performance of indoor air cleaning technologies and associated by-product formation.

(1) The candidates must hold an undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering, environmental science, chemical engineering, chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, or related fields.
(2) A master’s degree in relevant fields is highly desirable but not required.
(3) Previous experience with mass spectrometry or ambient air trace gas analysis is desirable.
(4) Proficiency with Matlab, or other programming and numeric computing languages, such as IGOR, Python, and R.
(5) A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
(6) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
(7) Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who were educated in a country where the official national language is not English. Applicants can demonstrate English proficiency via standardized test scores (e.g. TOFEL ≥ 92, IELTS ≥ 6.5) or by meeting the requirements for one of the waivers (…).
(8) GRE score - Required for all international students; GRE is exempt for students that earned a degree from an ABET-accredited university (or equivalent accreditation) in the USA with a GPA of 3.0+.

Application Documents:
(1) Resume/Vitae.
(2) A letter describing the candidate’s qualifications, research experience, and research interests (max. 2 pages).
(3) A sample of technical writing (e.g. journal publication, thesis, or research report).
(4) A copy of unofficial transcripts.
(5) Proof of English language proficiency (e.g. TOFEL; for international applicants).
(6) GRE score (if applicable).
(7) Contact information for three references.
Interested candidates should combine the application documents into a single PDF file and send it to Dr. Tianren Wu ( with the subject line "PhD Student Application_Your Name".
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