Environmental Engineering

Saturday, October 9, 2021
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Job Rank: 
Ph.D. student
Job Institution: 
George Washington University
Job Description: 

Ph.D. positions available in Environmental Engineering at George Washington University 

Xitong Liu’s research group at George Washington University is seeking 1–2 motivated Ph.D. students to start in the Spring or Fall 2022 semester. The successful candidate will be fully supported with salary, tuition, and benefits. 

The Liu research group aims to study environmentally relevant interfacial phenomena and develop durable, selective, and cost-effective separation technologies for water purification and recovery of critical minerals. Prof. Liu obtained his B.E. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University and received postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of the 2020 ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award.

The prospective students are expected to work on one of the following projects: 1) electrochemical desalination of agricultural drainage; 2) ion separation technologies for water decontamination and critical material recovery; and 3) the mechanisms and mitigation of surface fouling. Please visit the Liu research group website for more information:



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Self-motivated candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Material Science Engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.  A Master’s degree with research experience is highly desirable but not required. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Liu directly at xitongliu@gwu.edu with your curriculum vitae, transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores.

George Washington University is a private research university located at the heart of Washington D.C. GWU is an “R1” university (very high research activity) under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is located in the 500,000 sq. ft. Science and Engineering Hall which houses Class 100 nanofabrication clean-room and advanced microscopy suite. Washington D.C. has world-class attractions, high-quality performing arts, and numerous parks and gardens for outdoor activities. Washington D.C. is rated as one of the most livable cities in the United States.