Organic Phosphorus Analysis & Treatment in Water (Analytical Chemistry)

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Job Description

Organic Phosphorus Analysis & Treatment in Water


Phosphorus occurs in engineered and aquatic systems in inorganic plus organic dissolved species. As part of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) center ( ) we are seeking excellent candidates interested in convergence-based research across multiple research groups and universities to focus on advancing analytical measurements of inorganic plus organic dissolved species in water. Our team has already advanced various in-line separation techniques following by ICP-MS analysis and aim to continue advancing these techniques. Simultaneously, we have purchased a robotic system for high-throughput screening of phosphorus adsorption and photocatalysis. Tremendous opportunities exist to advance this platform, and our Center provides the flexibility for motivated candidates to excel as future leaders.


The position is available immediately and funding is available for multiple years. Information on my research group is available ( ) and links to publications (



Required qualifications:

  1. Must have a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, or closely related degree.

  2. Experience in analytical measurements of environmentally relevant chemicals in water.  

  3. Experience with operation of ICP-MS equipment for environmentally relevant chemicals.

  4. Applicant may not have had more than four (4) years of previous postdoctoral experience.

  5. Applicant may not have been previously employed as an assistant professor, associate professor, or professor on the tenure track.

  6. Potential for leadership in convergent research and areas of benefit to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired qualifications:

  1. Experience in phosphorus analysis or fate in engineered and natural systems.

  2. Experience conducting adsorption experiments with environmentally relevant chemicals.  

  3. Experience publishing peer-reviewed journal publications related to environmental topics.

  4. Mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students.

  5. The candidate will also have outstanding organizational and writing skills, a demonstrated capacity for independence and innovation, as well as the ability to work as part of a team.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit electronically to Prof. Paul Westerhoff ( the following materials:

  1. Cover letter outlining research experience and professional trajectory (no longer than 1 page).

  2. Research statement describing your interest on why this project would be compelling to work on with our team (no longer than 1 page).

  3. Curriculum vitae.

  4. Names and contact information for three references.

  5. Diversity statement-- A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

The initial review of applications will begin September 1, 2023.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and 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, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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