FUNDED PhD POSITION IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AT WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY (Leveraging Data Science & Policy to Promote Sustainable Development via Resource Recovery)

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West Virginia University
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A fully-funded PhD position is available with Dr. Kevin Orner in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University ( The student will work on a project funded by an NSF CAREER award titled “Leveraging Data Science & Policy to Promote Sustainable Development Via Resource Recovery.” The overall goal of the project is to promote sustainable, context-sensitive resource recovery and includes research in rural West Virginia and Costa Rica.

I seek a highly motivated student with some or all of the following qualifications: GIS, life cycle assessment, life cycle cost analysis, data science, policy, stakeholder engagement, and spanish fluency. I especially seek applications from qualified women and members of underrepresented groups. The successful applicant will have a BS or MS degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering (or equivalent), have an excellent academic record (GPA 3.5 or higher, GRE at least 163 (Q) / 150 (V)), and work well in a collaborative research environment. The successful applicant will have excellent scientific writing skills and the ability to organize and analyze data and clearly disseminate your findings. Interested students should email Dr. Orner ( with the subject heading “WVU Orner Lab Graduate Application“ and attach two documents: 1) a CV and 2) a one-page research statement describing your research experience and interests, especially as it relates to the desired qualifications above. Review of applications will start June 17, 2024.

West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (i.e., R1 University). Morgantown and its vicinity have a population of about 137,000 residents and are ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at and

The funded PhD student would start on August 15, 2024 or January 1, 2025. The selected candidate will receive competitive monthly stipend along with full tuition waiver and health insurance. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Orner (

Kevin Orner
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26505
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