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PhD positions to improve community health through microbial source tracking

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The Bivins and Snow Labs in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University (https://www.lsu.edu/eng/cee/) are seeking two graduate students in association with their recently funded EPA project to improve community health through microbial source tracking. The project, titled “Microbial Source Tracking and UV-LEDs to Mitigate Fecal Contamination in Louisiana Rivers”, will involve the use of molecular methods to identify sources of fecal pollution in two waterbodies and the pilot testing of UV-LEDs to disinfect single-home domestic wastewater prior to discharge into surface waters. In addition to scientific research and publication, the project will entail coordination and collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders including community members and local governments to achieve meaningful improvement in the water quality of the relevant communities.

The Bivins Lab seeks a Ph.D. student to assume primary responsibility for developing and implementing context-appropriate microbial source tracking methods under the advisement of Dr. Aaron Bivins.

The Snow Lab seeks a M.S. to lead the technological development and testing of UV-LED disinfection devices for use in single-home scale systems for this EPA project under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Snow. The Snow lab also seeks a Ph.D. student to work on a related NSF-funded project investigating reactive oxidants in LED-driven UV-AOP systems.

Interested applications should submit a preliminary application at the link below. Required application materials include a CV and cover letter. Further details can be found by following the link. Come make a difference at LSU!



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