CB2 REU Summer Program - Apply by Feb. 20th!

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) Summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is now accepting applications! The application deadline is February 20th, 2018.

Since the summer of 2017, CB2 has established a new REU site designed to provide undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. Students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials.

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Environmental Science at Western Washington University

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The Department of Environmental Sciences within Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position focusing on applied environmental chemistry and global change.

The position is at the Assistant Professor rank and begins in September 2018.

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Tenure-track Faculty in Environmental Health Sciences at San Diego State University

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The Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of Environmental Health Sciences as part of the Division of Environmental Health in the GSPH. San Diego State University (SDSU) has embarked on an interdisciplinary Area of Excellence program, which is a water-focused initiative that brings together multiple disciplines across campus. As part of this effort, we seek a candidate in the area of water and human health who will contribute to this initiative and also to the GSPH. The GSPH is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health as a School of Public Health. The Division of Environmental Health offers an M.P.H. in Environmental Health, an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences, and supports the core curriculum of the GSPH at the doctoral, masters and undergraduate level. In particular the new hire might also help support the undergraduate public health major and the Ph.D. in Public Health within the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Public Health, concentration Global Health, offered in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego.

The Position: Applicants for the position should demonstrate strong potential for conducting laboratory-based, high-quality extramurally-funded research in the area of water and human health, as well as possess robust teaching abilities. The successful candidate will join and contribute to the interdisciplinary Area of Excellence: “Blue Gold: Mitigating the Effects of Water Scarcity”, which includes three additional new faculty hires across campus in Geography, Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering, in the areas of water resources, water/wastewater/water reuse treatment technology, and hydrogeochemistry.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Application review began October 2, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  Learn more and apply.


Tenure-track faculty positions in Sustainable and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions effective September 1, 2018. These positions are part of the strategic expansion intended to support research and teaching activities in the area of Sustainable and Environmental Engineering (SEE) with a specific focus on environmental engineering. 

For these tenure-track positions in environmental engineering, we seek candidates with fundamental expertise and research interests in the areas of environmental microbiology and biological processes, environmental aquatic chemistry, and urban infrastructure systems (e.g., water and transportation). We encourage applicants with research that addresses multiple scales and/or at the intersection of food, energy and water.  Additional research areas will be considered.

Preference will be given to appointees at the Assistant Professor level but applicants with outstanding credentials will be considered at other levels. Candidates interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching within the Department and/or related focus areas in the Swanson School of Engineering, such as the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/MCSI) and the Center for Energy (http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/cfe), are encouraged to apply.

Candidates will have the opportunity to join our vibrant, diverse and growing department of 19 faculty members, 300 undergraduates and 160 full-time graduate students (60 of which are PhD students). Successful applicants will be expected to develop and sustain a strong, externally funded research program within their area of expertise and contribute to the teaching mission of our graduate and undergraduate programs. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented US minority groups and women to apply for this position. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

An earned doctorate in civil engineering, environmental engineering and science, earth science or a closely related field is required. Interested applicants should submit: (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) teaching statement, (4) research interests and future plans, (5) copies of three representative publications, and (6) the names and contact information for at least three references.  We are highly motivated to continue growing the diversity of our department, and strongly encourage applicants to include a 1-2 page statement of diversity as a part of their application package.  Please submit the application in a single pdf file to CEE17SEE@pitt.edu.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Two postdoctoral positions in Research Triangle Park

There are two openings for postdoctoral positions in Research Triangle Park, with a desired start date in November 2017:

Using Non-Targeted Analysis Methods to Identify Ubiquitous and Unique Compounds in Dust


This research project will pursue research related to the analysis of large, laboratory-derived data sets to identify compounds that are both ubiquitous and unique to dust in order to be able to identify a list of candidate tracer compounds for use in field studies involving human participants.The participant's research may include the following activities:

  • Devise scientific approaches and investigations to better understand human exposure to environmental chemicals using laboratory measurement data.
  • Generate and evaluate lists of chemical features in dust samples using non-targeted analysis approaches.
  • Use existing high-resolution mass spectrometry data, software packages, and chemical databases to screen for emerging chemical contaminants in environmental (e.g., dust) samples.
  • Compare chemical features in dust with those measured in other environmental (e.g., soil) and biological media (e.g., serum).
  • Use lists of chemical features along with existing models, software tools, and cheminformatic approaches to identify specific chemical structures that are ubiquitous in dust, unique to dust, and likely measurable as a human exposure biomarker.

Metabolomics and Non-Targeted Analysis to Support High-Throughput Exposure Screening

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This training opportunity is with NERL’s Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD). This research project is in support of the EPA’s “Chemical Safety for Sustainability” (CSS) research program and will focus on utilizing high-resolution mass spectrometry to evaluate human exposure to environmental chemicals.

A major goal of the CSS research program is to understand the extent to which environmental chemicals may impact human and ecosystem health. Understanding the health risks posed by chemical stressors requires a quantitative understanding of both dose-response relationships and chemical exposure. Computational models now allow rapid predictions of exposure and dose across thousands of chemicals. However, data with which to evaluate model predictions are lacking. Targeted analytical methods alone are unable to meet the demands of high-throughput (HT) exposure and risk assessment. Efficient non-targeted methods are therefore needed to expand existing measurement domains. Data generated from these methods will be used to evaluate predictions from HT exposure and dose models, prioritize previously unmeasured chemicals for future HT testing, and evaluate co-occurrence of individual analytes in various environmental and biological media. This project will focus on developing, refining, and applying analytical techniques, based on high-resolution mass spectrometry platforms, in order to better understand human exposure to xenobiotic chemicals.

The participant may be involved in the following training activities:

  • Devising scientific approaches and investigations to better understand human exposure to environmental chemicals.
  • Using existing software packages, chemical databases, and high-resolution mass spectrometry to screen for emerging chemical contaminants in environmental (e.g., drinking water) and biological (e.g., blood) samples.
  • Using existing software packages and mass spectrometry data (i.e., exact mass, isotope patters, MS and MS/MS spectra) to examine molecular features identified in environmental and biological samples.
  • Implementing environmental degredation and human metabolism models to enhance existing non-targeted analysis methods.
  • Integrating results of non-targeted analyses and metabolomic experiments to understand the effects of chemical exposures on living systems.
  • Developing prediction models (for estimating retention time, chemical concentration, optimal method conditions, etc.) using cheminformatic and machine learning techniques.
  • Writing peer reviewed manuscripts and responding to peer review comments by scientists in NERL, other parts of EPA, and external reviewers.
  • Presenting research findings at national/international scientific meetings relevant to the research.


Postdoctoral Opportunity in High Throughput Chemical Screening

Postdoctoral opportunity to work as part of an EPA team of investigators who are identifying chemicals of human exposure. The goal of this research is to identify classes of chemicals that individuals are exposed to on a daily basis in a high throughput manner.

The mentor for this project is Elin Ulrich (ulrich.elin@epa.gov). The desired start date is July 31, 2017.  Learn more and apply.

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