Environmental Engineering

Monday, September 20, 2021
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PhD Graduate Assistant
Job Institution: 
University of Nevada
Job Description: 

The Hanigan Lab at the University of Nevada is looking to hire two PhD students starting in the Spring of 2022.  Dr. David Hanigan joined the department in the Fall of 2016 and his research group focuses on water treatment, environmental chemistry, and analytical methods.  Prospective students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students working on forest fire impacts to water quality, perfluorinated substances in the environment, analytical chemistry, and disinfection by-products.

PhD: The student will conduct research to determine the release of gas-phase perfluoroalkyl substances evolved from firefighting foams during handling, use, and from contaminated groundwater.  The research assistant position is funded by the National Science Foundation (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2128407), the student will collaborate with Geosyntec, and will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other students who are conducting research related to measurements of perfluorinated substances (funded by SERDP, https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Program-Areas/Environmental-Restoration/Contaminated-Sediments/Characterization/ER19-1214). A background in environmental engineering or chemistry and experience operating mass spectrometry will be viewed favorably.

PhD: The student will investigate the impacts of forest fire on water quality.  Opportunities include investigating the impact of the Caldor Fire on Lake Tahoe water chemistry and understanding how fire associated runoff impacts drinking water quality and human health.  A background in environmental engineering or chemistry and experience with gas chromatography will be viewed favorably.

Students will be encouraged to present at national conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.  More information about the research team can be found at http://www.dhanigan.com. Prospective applicants should email a CV to DHanigan@UNR.edu.

About the Campus: The University of Nevada, Reno is the state Land Grant university located in Reno, NV (pop. 450,000 Elev. 4,700 ft.). It is Carnegie classified as having very high research activity (R1).  Reno is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which provides the city with >300 days of sunshine per year.  Lake Tahoe, home of the 1960 winter Olympics, is approximately 40 miles from campus. San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma are 3.5 hours away. The annual enrollment is ~22,000 students.  Both Civil and Environmental Engineering are nationally ranked in the top 100 by US News and World Report (#57, #70, respectively).

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