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Post-Doctoral Scholar for Microplastics Research — Tennessee Tech University

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Post-Doctoral Scholar for Microplastics Research in Wastewater, Stormwater, Freshwater at Tennessee Tech University

The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources (the Water Center) at Tennessee Tech University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher with expertise in the field of microplastics work. This person will lead microplastics research investigating the occurrence, distribution and fate of microplastics in engineered and natural fresh water systems.

This position will coordinate, lead and perform laboratory and field work to evaluate the occurrence, distribution and fate of microplastics in engineered and natural fresh water systems, which could include wastewater treatment plants, urban storm water runoff, and/or streams. Research activities will include extensive field sampling, sample processing, microplastics analysis primarily using spectroscopy, improving microplastics sampling, processing and detection methodologies, and synthesizing results in meaningful ways to advance the knowledge of microplastics in engineered and natural systems. Under the supervision of principal investigators Dr. Tania Datta and Dr. Justin Murdock, the scholar is expected to mentor and work collaboratively with graduate and undergraduate students, write reports and manuscripts for peer review and publication, and develop practical ideas to continue the research into the future. The scholar is also expected to present the research at local, regional, national, and/or international meetings.

The position salary will be commensurate with education and experience, and will include a comprehensive benefits package. The position is for 18 months with potential extension for one more year based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Required application documents include a cover letter, a statement of interest expressing how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualification, CV, copy of transcripts, and contact information for three references. The anticipated position start date is August 2024, but is negotiable. For more information, applicants can contact Dr. Tania Datta,, or Dr. Justin Murdock, Please submit application materials at