Biological Wastewater Treatment

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Associate
Job Institution: 
Virginia Tech
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral Associate

Job no: 515014
Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Location: Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Categories: Engineering

Job Description

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate position. The successful candidate will closely collaborate with utilities and consulting firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area on industrial projects to develop advanced bioprocesses for resource recovery and pollutant removal from wastewater. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to be involved in grant writings, graduate student mentoring, and project leading. Specific job responsibilities include conducting lab and field experiments; writing project reports and research papers; and coordinating meetings with sponsors.

The position is immediately available. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment will be for one year with possibility for extension based on available funding, need for service or performance.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.

Preferred Qualifications

• Excellent writing skill and productive publication record.
• Research background in biological wastewater treatment.
• Self-motivated to lead research endeavor.
• Good personnel skills to interact with industrial collaborators.
• Desire to publish high quality research articles.
• U.S. driver’s license to drive trucks for field sampling.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$55,000/year. This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible position appointed on a 12-month service basis.

Review Date

Application review will commence on February 8, 2021 and continue until position is filled.  

Additional Information

Applicants must apply online at ( Complete applications should include a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and list of 3 professional references.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Zhiwu (Drew) Wang at


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Zhiwu (Drew) Wang at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: January 26, 2021
Applications close: Open until filled