Environmental Engineering

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Ph.D. or M.S. Student
Job Institution: 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Job Description: 

Seeking: M.S. and Ph.D. Students in Environmental Engineering

Topic: Environmental Chemistry/Water Reuse/Risk Analysis

Start Date: Summer 2022 / Fall 2022

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction (CEEC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is seeking graduate students for multiple projects, as described below.

The ideal candidate will possess a M.S. in civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields. Students applying for a Ph.D. must have a M.S. in engineering. Students applying for the M.S. can have a B.S. outside of engineering (e.g., chemistry), but they will be provisionally admitted until all prerequisite courses in engineering are completed. The candidate is expected to have a strong academic record and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques is highly desired, as well as experience with life cycle assessment and/or risk analysis.

  1. (PhD) Advanced oxidation for water reuse. May involve UV and/or ozone. Project may overlap with existing research on disinfection byproducts. Advisor: Dr. Erica Marti
  2. (MS) Adsorption of aqueous chlorinated organics with a carbon-based adsorbent derived from organic waste. Extends into materials characterization. Advisor: Dr. Erica Marti
  3. (PhD) Treatment of emerging contaminants by advanced oxidation/reduction including photocatalytic and photolytic degradation: Advisor: Dr. Eakalak Khan
  4. (PhD) Risk analysis of environmental impact caused by long-term and large-scale power failure: Advisor: Dr. Eakalak Khan

Positions are available as early as Summer 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidates will receive a competitive stipend, full tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants are requested to send the following (as a single PDF file) to the appropriate advisor: Dr. Erica Marti (erica.marti@unlv.edu) and Dr. Eakalak Khan (eakalak.khan@unlv.edu).

(1)   a one-page cover letter describing your research interests and career objectives,

(2)   a curriculum vitae (including GRE and TOEFL scores as applicable),

(3)   unofficial transcripts, and

(4)   a copy of one of your recent publications (if applicable).

Funded positions may be available with other CEEC faculty at UNLV. Topics include environmental biotechnology related to site remediation, risk analysis, resource recovery, water quality modeling, and water and wastewater treatment.

There is also potential for collaboration with local industrial partners, including cutting-edge water and wastewater treatment facilities and world-renowned research laboratories (i.e., Southern Nevada Water Authority). Students who have the ability to work off-campus are particularly encouraged to apply in order to take advantage of these internships to supplement their on-campus research. 

Through its “Top Tier” initiative, UNLV is on a path to become one of the nation’s best public research universities. In particular, research related to water scarcity and water reuse is of critical importance given the university’s location in the Mojave Desert and proximity to other water-stressed states, including Arizona and California. Located in the heart of the American Southwest, UNLV offers unique recreational opportunities only minutes away from campus, including the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Mt. Charleston.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

UNLV: http://www.unlv.edu/futurestudents

CEEC Department: https://www.unlv.edu/ceec

CEEC Faculty Directory: https://www.unlv.edu/ceec/faculty-directory

UNLV Graduate College: https://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege