Environmental Engineering and Water Treatment

Job Type
Job Rank
Ph.D. Student
Job Institution
North Dakota State University
Job Description

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Dakota State University is seeking motivated applicants for 1–2 Ph.D. positions, starting in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023. The student is anticipated to conduct research in the fields of (1) the formation and control of disinfection byproducts during water treatment, (2) photocatalytic treatment of trace organic contaminants, and (3) electrochemical oxidation or coagulation for wastewater reuse. The successful candidate will join the water chemistry lab under the supervision of Prof. Jiale Xu. Full support with tuition, salary, and benefits will be provided according to the policies of the Department and NDSU. For more information about these positions, students are welcome to contact Prof. Jiale Xu by sending an email to jiale.xu@ndsu.edu using the subject of “Ph.D. position”.

Ideal candidates with a Bachelor’s degree should have backgrounds in environmental engineering, environmental science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or other closely related fields. A Master’s degree is desirable but not required. Candidates with research experience in disinfection byproducts, photochemistry, or electrochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Strong written and verbal communication skills, a self-motivated attitude, and the ability for independent work are expected.

Interested students are highly encouraged to send their CV, cover letter stating their research experience and interest, transcripts, and TOEFL score (if applicable), as a single PDF file to Prof. Jiale Xu at jiale.xu@ndsu.edu.

More information on admission and application requirement can be found at the links below.


North Dakota State University (NDSU) is a public land-grant research university in Fargo, North Dakota. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. NDSU is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities and is nationally recognized as a student-focused and research university. The main campus of NDSU is located in the vibrant and rapidly growing Fargo-Moorhead area, among the best college towns in the country for its high quality of life, work, healthcare, education, and entertainment. More information about NDSU can be found on the website.