Assistantship Urban Stormwater Runoff/Soil Science/Microbiology

Focal Area: Environmental Science
Institution Name: Low Impact Development
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Location: Seattle/Tacoma
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Application Deadline:

PhD Assistantship Urban Stormwater Runoff/Soil Science/Microbiology, available as part of an ongoing Low Impact Development (LID) project intended to improve stormwater management. The LID project is located at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center in the metropolitan Seattle/Tacoma area, and the successful candidate would conduct field work at that location. The individual must have an interest in pursuing doctoral research that addresses the transport, fate and treatment of pollutants in urban stormwater. Current research is conducted as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team focusing on the use of bioretention to reduce and treat stormwater pollutants that include: nitrogen, phosphorus, dissolved solids, metals, bacteria, viruses and hydrocarbons. The selected PhD candidate will conduct research on microbial mediation of contaminants in waste water and the potential of these pollutants to be immobilized via in situ bioretention systems. Research will focus on the use of nitrification-denitrification pathways to treat nitrogen, degradation of hydrocarbon wastes and the influence of plant communities on microbial community structure and/or function.

Position includes a research stipend, tuition waiver and insurance. Start date Fall semester (August) 2011 or Spring (January) 2012.

Contact Information:
Please provide a statement of research interest, resume, and transcripts via email or mail to:
Dr. Ann-Marie Fortuna
Assistant Professor of Soil Biology
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
291D Johnson Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6420

Phone: (509)335-3644

or Dr Eric Miltner
Associate Turfgrass Research Agronomist
Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center
2606 W Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98371-4998

Phone: 253-445-4594