Postdoctoral Scholar on PFAS

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University of Southern California
Job Description

The Smith Research Group ( and the McCurry Lab ( at the University of Southern California are recruiting a postdoctoral scholar focused on investigating PFAS contamination in Southern California and remediation technologies. The research will involve field sampling of various environmental matrices including groundwater, soils, and household dust along with sampling across full-scale water reclamation facilities. Bench-scale systems for PFAS remediation including both biological and chemical systems will be investigated. The research project is a collaboration with faculty at the Keck School of Medicine. 


Qualifications for the position includes:

  •      A Ph.D. in environmental engineering or a related discipline

  •      Comprehensive understanding of PFAS

  •      Experience using targeted and potentially non-targeted analytical techniques to quantify PFAS in various environmental matrices

  •      Experience constructing and operating bench-scale reactors

  •      Excellent written and oral communication skills

  •      Experience assisting proposal preparation for federal funding agencies

  •      Ability to work as part of a collaborative team

The position is available immediately and is funded for up to 12 months. The position may be renewable contingent upon performance. To apply, please send an email with a cover letter and your CV to Drs. Adam Smith ( and Dan McCurry ( We strongly encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.


The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment. USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.