Environmental Engineering: Reuse of drinking water treatment sludges

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University of Waterloo
Job Description

A PhD position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to study the reuse of drinking water treatment sludges (DWTS) for applications in wastewater collection and treatment systems. The work will investigate the geochemical properties of DWTS and examine opportunities to generate value-added products from DWTS. The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from wastewater systems and the development of models for these applications are of particular interest. Through the study, the successful candidate will become an expert in the physical, chemical and biological properties of the generated materials. Further, the testing of the particles for a range of end-uses will expose them to real challenges that wastewater professionals deal with regularly. Through application of the particles for real end uses the student will make science-based contributions to policy (i.e. sewer use bylaws, design guidelines for wastewater treatment, etc) and technology development. The PhD student is expected to lead and coordinate research tasks and assist with project reporting requirements. Candidates with knowledge of geochemistry and an awareness of common municipal wastewater collection and treatment system technologies are preferred. We expect the duration of this appointment to be 4 years with an anticipated start date of Sept 1, 2024. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Wayne Parker (wjparker@uwaterloo.ca).