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Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Engineering

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Engineering

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct experimental research on perfluorinated compound (PFC) treatment in wastewater.

The postdoctoral scholar will serve as a key researcher for an exciting externally funded, multi-investigator project that combines two innovative technologies, foam fractionation and hydrothermal alkaline treatment, to remove and destroy PFCs from municipal wastewater. The project is based at the Center for Urban Waters (CUW) and is a collaboration between UW Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, Aquagga, and ECT2. This position will be co-advised by Dr. Joel Baker (CUW director and project lead PI) and Dr. Emese Hadnagy, both faculty members in the UW Tacoma civil engineering program. Duties will include conducting original research using bench-scale experiments, disseminating research findings (in peer-reviewed journals, at professional conferences and via project reports), mentoring undergraduate students, and coordinating with other team members during the pilot-scale trial at the Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This is a full-time position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2023 (negotiable). Initial appointment is for 1 year, with a potential reappointment up to 1 additional year, pending performance review.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement unless agreed exclusion criteria apply.  For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website

The expected salary starts at $65,508/year, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Other compensation associated with this position may include travel to national or international conferences, computing equipment, and fees associated with manuscript publications, if applicable. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at

Location: University of Washington Tacoma.

International Applicants: Visa sponsorship will be reviewed on a case-by-case bases. Relocation costs are not included.


Minimum Qualifications:

·         Ph.D. in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering, environmental chemistry or a closely related field with research experience in environmental engineering

·         Experience in fundamental and applied research related to using physical and chemical processes to address treatment of emerging contaminants

·         Proficient in experimental design and implementation

·         Experience with analytical instrumentation, especially high-resolution mass spectrometry

·         Demonstrated ability to summarize scientific findings in the form of written manuscripts and oral presentations

·         Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team

Preferred Qualifications

·         Prior project experience with perfluorinated compounds


All applications should be submitted through Interfolio. The application package should include the following:

1.    A letter of application that addresses how you meet the basic and preferred qualifications

2.    Curriculum Vitae (including a full list of publications)

3.    Unofficial Transcripts (all in one document)

4.    Names and contact information of three references

5.    One to three representative publications

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants with inquiries regarding this position should contact Dr. Joel Baker ( or Dr. Emese Hadnagy at

Position URL:


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