The interdisciplinary Environmental Engineering PhD Program and the Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University invite applications for one PhD Student Graduate Research Assistantship in Environmental Chemistry. This position is made possible by a recent grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation and is available starting August 23, 2021. The position includes tuition, stipend, and health care benefits.
In this transdisciplinary research project, together with social scientists and tribal government entities, environmental engineering investigators will provide measurements of concentrations of fatty acid nutrients and the toxics polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds and mercury in fish in inland lakes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with a local subsistence fishing Indigenous community, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). This research will assist the KBIC in planning stocking and harvesting practices to minimize exposure to the toxics through consumption of fish while maximizing the nutritional and socio-cultural benefits of fish consumption.
We seek a motivated PhD student with a passion for environmental chemistry and environmental justice. A Master’s of Science degree in environmental engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field is desirable. Also, demonstrated experience in analytical chemistry and at least two of the following topics is desired: (1) community-engaged research and/or service, (2) environmental transport and transformation of pollutants, (3) limnology, (4) statistics, (5) graphical information system mapping, (6) mass balance modeling and (7) bioaccumulation modeling.
Michigan Tech is located within Ojibwa (Chippewa) homelands and ceded-territory established by the Treaty of 1842, in the community of Houghton, Michigan. The University lies in the heart of Michigan’s scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, surrounded by Lake Superior and vast expanses of forest. It is an ideal location not only for study but also for enjoying outdoor activities such as biking, backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, and both alpine and cross-country skiing at Michigan Tech owned properties. For details please visit the Michigan Tech homepage. To apply please send an email statement of interest and a .pdf of your resume to Professors Judith Perlinger at email@example.com and Noel Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org.