Environmental Engineering or Environmental Chemistry: PFAS

Job Type
Job Institution
Colorado School of Mines
Job Description

The PFAS@Mines Initiative within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) has an opening for a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the general area of environmental engineering or environmental chemistry, with experience in laboratory experimentation. The ideal candidate would also have experience with chemical measurements such as measuring poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in environmental samples. The successful candidate will need to 1) conduct bench-scale laboratory experiments related to PFAS treatment technologies; 2) conduct PFAS analysis of field and laboratory-derived samples; and 3) assist in managing a research group of graduate students. Funding is initially available for one year, with the possibility of extension if additional research funding is available and adequate progress is being made. The position starts on January 1, 2024, though an earlier or later start date can be negotiated. Candidates should have completed the requirements of their Ph.D. by the start date of their position.


-Lead independent research activities in collaboration with faculty advisor(s)
-Participate in weekly research meetings with faculty advisor(s)
-Participate in larger project team meetings and support project reporting activities required by project sponsor.
-Conduct physical experiments on PFAS treatment at the laboratory scale.
-Write scientific publications, reports, policy briefs, and guidelines.
-Provide support for and/or lead the preparation and submission of proposals for future research funding for the research group.
-Meet weekly with graduate students working on related research projects to provide mentoring that supplements that provided by the faculty advisor(s).
-Present findings at regional and national conferences and organizing workshops.

Additional responsibilities

-Performs other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

-Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Geosciences, or related fields
-Experience with laboratory experiments and/or environmental chemical analysis


Education and Experience:

-Experience with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
-Experience with environmental chemistry laboratory experiments
-Strong publication record showing the ability to publish papers in referred journals

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-Ability to program in Python, R, or Matlab
-Ability to conduct appropriate statistical analysis of experimental data
-Ability to work independently
-Strong writing and communication skills
-Ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students


When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.


Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.



All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to mines.edu/human-resources/benefits.


Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and upload a CV. References will not be collected or contacted until later in the selection process and the candidate will be informed before that contact is made. To apply, visit: https://mines.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Mines_Careers/job/Colorado/Post-Doc…