GRA positions in Reactive Transport Analysis


We seek PhD and MS candidates to participate in a multidisciplinary project investigating the development of reactive transport modeling methods to predict the fate and transport of uranium and arsenic in groundwater systems.  The positions are, in part, funded by a DOE-funded project in the Environmental Science Management Program. The project offers opportunities to interact with multiple researchers at the University of Alabama (Professor Chunmiao Zheng, MT3DMS author), Brigham Young University (Professor Norman Jones, Director of GMS development team) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (RT3D development team). This collaborative effort includes both laboratory and computer modeling work. The laboratory research will be completed at Auburn University under the supervision of Drs Mark Barnett and Prabhakar Clement.  The laboratory work requires a basic understanding of uranium and arsenic chemistry, experience in using analytical equipments, and experience in conducting column or soil box experiments.  The modeling work will be completed through a joint effort between UA, BYU, PNNL and AU under the supervision of Drs Clement, Zheng, Jones, and Johnson.  Fortran programming, and familiarity with groundwater transport models (e.g., MT3DMS, RT3D, PHT3D or other reactive transport codes) and geochemistry models such as MINTEQA2 or PHREEQC is required for the modeling work.  In addition, some understanding of novel surface complexation modeling theories (e.g., DDL, MUSIC or CD-MUSIC) and the knowledge of related published literature are desired.

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GRA positions in Saltwater Intrusion Management Research


We seek MS or PhD candidates to participate in a multidisciplinary project investigating the effects of saltwater contamination in coastal aquifers.  The work would involve conducting laboratory scale experiments to study the fate and transport of dense plumes in groundwater systems.  This project offers potential opportunities to work on field research projects in Korea, Sri Lanka and the Gulf Coast of Alabama.  The laboratory work requires a basic understanding of groundwater flow and transport processes and some experience in working with tools to build physical models.  The modeling work will require computer programming skills and familiarity with groundwater models such as SEAWAT or SUTRA and their governing equations.

        Saltwater Flow Lab Experiment                                                          Field Work                                                                                     Numerical Modeling


For further details read:  Illangasekare et al. (2006); Westbrook et al. 2005; Simpson and Clement (2004); Simpson and Clement (2005); Simpson et al. (2004)
Download these articles from: http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/clemept/biogpc.html#JOURNAL

To apply for these position, please e-mail your CV, GRE (and TOEFEL) score, names of three references, and a statement of purpose to:


Prabhakar Clement, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

212 Harbert Engineering Center

Auburn University, AL  36849-5337

+1 (334) 844-6268 telephone

+1 (334) 844-6290 facsimile

Email: clemept@auburn.edu