Research opportunity on life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) for aquaponics and hydroponics systems

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
MSc or PhD Student (Research Assistant)
Job Institution: 
The University of District Columbia
Job Description: 

The University of the District Columbia (UDC) is seeking a PhD or Master’s student to be appointed as a Research Assistant to conduct life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) research for aquaponics and hydroponics systems with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES), beginning Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. Having U.S. Citizenship or a Green Card is preferred for PhD students but open to international students as well. International students can apply for the Master’s degree. As we need student in the project sooner, students residing in the US/Greater Washington DC Area will be given preference.


The graduate student will work on different aspects of LCSA [e.g., Environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), Life cycle costing (LCC), Social life cycle assessment (SLCA)] using different modeling tools (e.g., SIMAPRO). The student is also expected to work closely with other researchers to maintain existing aquaponics/hydroponics systems on campus and firebird farms. Student will work closely with researchers from SEAS, CAUSES, The United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), University of Maryland (UMD) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in civil, environmental, water resources or agricultural & biological engineering, environmental science, agricultural science or related field. Candidates with a Master’s degree can also apply. Women or students of minority background are encouraged to apply, but students of all backgrounds will be considered.

UDC is an HBCU, 1862 land-grant institution, and the only public institution of higher learning in the District of Columbia (DC), with a very diverse population of students. UDC’s campus is in a beautiful part of Washington, DC with access to public transportation on campus. SEAS and CAUSES faculty members have extensive funding from NSF, DOE, NASA, NIST, USDA etc. to conduct innovative research and education. 

Interested candidates should e-mail/contact Dr. Hossain Azam immediately with a cover letter, CV and an unofficial copy of academic transcripts. The review process will continue until the Graduate Assistantship is filled and the selected student will then have to apply for admittance to the graduate program. The appointment will be initially for 2 years, with the potential for additional years contingent upon availability of funds, good academic standing, and satisfactory research productivity. 

Hossain M Azam, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering

Dept. of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

University of the District of Columbia

Building 42, Suite 213 I, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008


Phone: 202-274-6293 (O), 919-271-5347 (C); Fax: 202-274-6232