Immediate Opening for PhD Student at Washington State University

Friday, March 18, 2022
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD Student
Job Institution: 
Washington State University
Job Description: 

The Gardner lab in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Washington State University is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D student wiht a start date of Summer or Fall 2022. Students will work on a NSF-funded research project focused on the spread of biological micropollutants (e.g., antibiotic resistance genes, siRNAs) bound to micro- and nanoscale plastics. The primary goals for this research are to (1) quantify transgene adsorption kinetics to nano- and microscale plastics and environmental matrices, (2) assess key physico-chemical factors for their ability to drive persistence and uptake of biological pollutants; and (3) evaluate biological pollutant transport and transformation of bacteria in soils.

Preferred candidates will have a B.S. or M.S. (or equivalent degree) in environmental engineering or related field as well as strong analytical and quantitative skills as demonstrated by academic transcripts and/or publication records. Application review is ongoing and will continue until filled.  

Interested candidates are encouraged to email Dr. Gardner at and include a current CV. The Gardner lab is motivated to maintain a diverse and inclusive lab environment; students from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Additional information about Dr. Gardner’s group can be found at and

About Washington State University

Washington State University is a top tier land grant and research university located in Eastern Washington. The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is growing with major investments in infrastructure, faculty, and student resources. The Gardner lab is located in the PACCAR Environmental Technology building, a brand new 96,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space. The shared common space provided by this new building will foster the synergy needed to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex problems that can be transferred to industry for commercialization. The Gardner lab is equipped with state of the art analytical and molecular biotechnology equipment. The surrounding area offers exceptional quality of life, low cost of living, and easy access to the outdoors (e.g., Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Cascades mountains).