Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity: Decentralized Water & Wastewater Treatment & Supply Networks
Columbia University is looking for a post doctoral researcher, for a 1 year, potentially extensible appointment, for research on the development and implementation of decentralized water and wastewater treatment networks. The central research question is the identification of existing or emerging technologies that could be applied at different scales ranging from household to clusters of houses or neighborhoods. The cost effectiveness, reliability, assurance of quality at point of use, and social acceptance at each scale is of interest. Sensors, remote monitoring, maintenance and control of the systems, and their deployment in different settings ranging from infill areas for urban renovation to low density rural settings is of interest. The successful candidate would have knowledge of the appropriate technologies as well as modeling capabilities to consider the design and evaluation of pilot systems. Ability to work with urban planners, architects and designers, and familiarity with existing regulations and the constraints they may pose in US settings is a plus.
- All interested candidates should submit their CV and cover letter to
Posting: Summer Research Fellow to conduct collaborative research between Antelope Water Management and the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University
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Antelope Water Management, a sustainable water management company for the extractive industries, is hiring a Research Fellow to conduct collaborative research during the summer of 2019 between Antelope and Columbia University. The individual will work with Professors Lall and Yip and the Managing Partners and Advisory Board of Antelope Water Management on research related to understanding the challenges and opportunities related to beneficial reuse of produced water from oil and gas for other industries, including agriculture and industrial in Texas and New Mexico.
Efforts to encourage improved water practices are underway, notably led by the State of New Mexico and the EPA’s work “to clarify the existing regulatory and permitting frameworks related to the way wastewater from oil and natural gas extraction activities can be re-used, recycled, and renewed for other purposes (New Mexico-EPA, 2018).” However, questions and concerns remain over the science and regulations surrounding the potential and risks related to beneficial reuse, as noted by The Environmental Defense Fund, which states: “Before New Mexico rushes toward large-scale reuse and discharge of this potentially harmful waste stream outside the oil field (even after treatment), we need to advance the science around it to ensure we’re not putting New Mexico’s communities in harm’s way (EDF, 2018).”
The Research Fellow will collaborate with the Columbia Water Center on technical research related to testing produced water in a laboratory setting and work with Antelope professionals on understanding and implementing field level scenarios for the lab work. The summer semester-long fellowship will include a review of previous beneficial reuse studies, interviews with Antelope and industry professionals on real-world potential and challenges of beneficial reuse, lab and field work (lab work at Columbia University and field work, if feasible, in New Mexico), and a presentation of findings to Antelope Water Management senior leadership and Advisory Board at the end of the term. Potential to publish and present findings.
Travel costs paid for fieldwork. Research stipend can be provided dependent on candidate qualifications and other summer responsibilities.
Interest in cross-sector collaboration to solve water challenges. Undergraduate degree or working towards master’s degree or PhD in relevant discipline for work. Strong project management, research, and communication skills.
EPA, 2018, “EPA Signs MOU with New Mexico to Explore Wastewater Reuse Options in Oil and Natural Gas Industry”, July 19, 2018, Available from: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-signs-mou-new-mexico-explore-wastewater-reuse-options-oil-and-natural-gas-industry
EDF, 2018, “EPA-New Mexico wastewater report is a conversation starter, not the final word”, December 20, 2018, Available from: http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2018/12/20/epa-new-mexico-wastewater-report-is-a-conversation-starter-not-the-final-word/
About Antelope Water Management
Antelope Water Management partners with the oil, gas, and mining industries to deliver water infrastructure, treatment, sourcing and disposal services. Antelope’s water solutions are tailored to meet the evolving environmental and economic challenges facing the extractive industries today.
Visiting Scholar Applicants
- All candidates should submit their CV and research plan to Lisa Mucciacito
- We will accept up to 3 visiting scholars per application window
- If you are planning to arrive between Feb 1 – July 31 2019, Your Application is due Dec 1st 2018; You will be notified by Dec 15th if you have been selected
- If you are planning to arrive between Aug 1 – Jan 31 2020, Your Applications is due June 1st 2019; You will be notified by June 15th if you have been selected