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PhD Position in Coastal Water Quality

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Clemson University

Clemson University Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC, USA

Date added to AEES Website:

December 16, 2022

Date to remove from AEES Website:

March 30, 2023

About the Role

We are seeking a PhD student to work on emerging contaminants in coastal stormwater ponds. This effort focuses on assessing impacts of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in runoff and the perceptions of these pollutants among residents and relevant stakeholders. The goal is to inform design, management, and regulation of ponds to reduce the impact of emerging contaminants, specifically pesticides, along the South Carolina coast. 

The target start date is August 2023 in Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forest and Life Sciences. The initial 3 years of funding as a research assistantship covers stipend and tuition. Subsequent funding will consist of teaching or research assistantships, as available. The student will also work with faculty to apply for additional funding and fellowships. 

The PhD student will be engaged in cutting edge research on CECs that includes field sampling, laboratory analysis, outreach, statistical analysis and writing. Preferred candidates should have a strong desire for interdisciplinary research, be open-minded, curious, eager to learn, and ready to work as part of a team. The ideal candidate should have completed an MS degree by August 2023 in a related field (we are open to numerous possibilities) and be available to start June 2023. Interested students should submit: 1) resume with names and contact information of at least two references and 2) summary of research interests and skills relevant to this position. Applicants representing a diversity of backgrounds and eager to support ongoing efforts to broaden participation in science are encouraged to apply. Open until filled.


For more information or to apply, contact: 

Stefanie Whitmire, PhD Assistant Professor Dept of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University,, @StefWhitmire 

Debabrata Sahoo, PhD Associate Professor Dept of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University, 

Cal Sawyer, PhD Professor Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University,,  @SedimentCal

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