Environmental Engineering and Science

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Job Rank: 
Graduate assistant and Research project assistant
Job Institution: 
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Job Description: 

One Graduate Assistantship (GA) and one Research Project Assistantship (RPA) are available for new MS or PhD students starting in the 2022 Spring semester at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Both the GA and RPA positions are offered full tuition scholarships (https://www.esf.edu/graduate/awards.htm).

The ideal candidate for the GA position in the Environmental Microbiome Research (EMR) Lab of Dr. Yaqi You (https://www.esf.edu/faculty/you/) should 1) have a BS/MS degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field, 2) have prior experience with either laboratory skills (e.g., PCR, LC-MS/MS, FTIR) or programming (e.g., R, Python), and 3) be self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively. The successful candidate will conduct interdisciplinary research focusing on sustainability in the food-energy-water nexus (https://www.esf.edu/environmentalscience/gpes/). The student will receive hands-on training in multi-level omics, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, and data science. More information about research in the EMR lab can be found on its website (www.environresearch.net).

The RPA position in the Ecological Engineering Laboratory with Dr. Wendong Tao (https://www.esf.edu/faculty/tao/) is anticipated to partner with a postdoctoral associate to perform pilot tests of vacuum stripping and absorption (VaSA) in industrial settings in the first 14 months (in San Luis Obispo, California; Wabash, Indiana) for an NSF Partnerships for Innovation project. PhD applicants are preferred, so the RPA student can develop a dissertation proposal and initiate research while assisting in the pilot tests off-campus. The dissertation research may cover VaSA, phosphorus recovery, slow pyrolysis/biochar, and/or anaerobic digestion. The applicants should have a BS degree in environmental/chemical/biosystems engineering. A BS in biotechnology/environmental science or other closely related field may suffice, pending on the coursework and experience. Research/Working experience in water/wastewater laboratory and instrumental analysis are preferred.

Application instruction and submission are available at https://www.esf.edu/graduate/. Applicants should indicate Dr. You through Division of Environmental Science (https://www.esf.edu/environmentalscience/gpes/) or Dr. Tao when applying to either Graduate Program in Environmental Science or Environmental Resources Engineering (https://www.esf.edu/ere/) as their major professor (aka advisor) in the official online application. We will review applications based on GPAs, coursework, research experience, statement of study plan, GRE sectional scores, TOEFL scores (if international), and references. While the GPES and ERE programs do not have a minimum GRE score required, most admitted applicants have >150 Verbal, >158 Quantitative, and >=3 Analytical. Please note that applicants without a research-based Master’s degree are typically not considered for our PhD programs, although outstanding MS students can switch internally to PhD programs. The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To expedite the review process, applicants could use unofficial transcripts and personal test reports first, although official documents are still required for enrollment. Full text of publications is unnecessary. Individuals interested in Dr. You's research, especially those from underrepresented groups, are highly encouraged to contact Dr. You directly, with email subject as “2022 Spring Graduate Application”. If you have interests in both the GA and RPA positions or a dissertation research topic combining both areas of expertise, please email Drs. You and Tao together.