As the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Desert Research Institute (DRI) conducts cutting-edge applied research in land, air and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI’s faculty members a...re untenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion.
The Desert Research Institute (DRI; www.dri.edu) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of environmental fate of pharmaceuticals or pesticides in water/sediment systems. The position will be supported by the Sulo and Aileen Maki Trust. Maki Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with outstanding research and leadership potential in a broad range of topical areas related to water issues relevant to southern Nevada. This position is located in Las Vegas, NV.
The Postdoctoral position will be linked to existing research programs within DRI and must be focused on one or more aspects of the environmental fate of pharmaceuticals or pesticides in water/sediment systems. Topical areas of research include:
Delineation of the fate of pharmaceuticals or pesticides and their degradation byproducts within the environment
Quantification of the rate of transport and degradation within the environment (water/sediment/biosphere)
Development of novel methods for degrading pharmaceutical or pesticides in water supply systems
Assessment of risk or epidemiology of pharmaceuticals or pesticides in the context of environmental exposure
Development of analytical methods for detecting the presence of pharmaceuticals or pesticides within environmental samples (water, sediment and soil) for emerging contaminants of concern (i.e., pharmaceuticals, pesticides, personal care products)
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry, civil engineering, water/soil chemistry, water quality, or related field from an accredited institution; experience with laboratory determination of pharmaceuticals or pesticides in environmental samples and maintenance/use of laboratory equipment used during said analyses (GC, LC, GC-MS and/or LC-MS); experience in one or more of the following topical areas: 1) Delineation of the fate of organic contaminants within the environment, 2) Quantification of the rate of degradation and transport of organics within the environment, 3) Development of novel methods for degrading pharmaceutical or pesticides in water supply systems, 4) Development of analytical methods, 5) Assessment of risk or epidemiology of organic contaminant; ability to conduct field work in southern Nevada .
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