Date posted: Oct 23, 2023

PhD position in Environmental Engineering

George Mason University | Fairfax, Virginia, United State of America (USA)

Opportunity Type: Full-time

Current Program: Doctorate

Topics: Organic Chemistry, Sustainability, Environment

Sector: Academia

Compensation: Paid

Remote Position: No

Opportunity Description:

Prof. Kirin Emlet Furst invites applications for a funded PhD position in their research group at George Mason University, ideally to start in the Spring 2024 semester. Later start dates may be considered for this or other opportunities.The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research on the fate and transport of PFAS in natural and engineered water systems while completing the requirements for the PhD degree in Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE). The project will involve intensive laboratory work, along with fieldwork and computational components. The position would be supported with three years of GRA funding from a federal agency, with potential GRA or GTA support beyond the third year.

The Furst Water Systems Chemistry Lab conducts interdisciplinary research across multiple domains of water quality engineering, with the primary goal of acheiving equitable access to safe drinking water. Currently, our projects are focused on the impacts of climate change on water and sanitation infrastructure, and on organic contaminant fate and transport. We are also developing affordable treatment systems to enhance disinfection efficacy and PFAS removal. The Furst Lab is located at the scenic Potomac Science Center, an interdisciplinary hub for environmental research and education.

George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia and is classified nationally as an R1 university for highest research activity. Main campus is located in Fairfax, VA, 25 minutes from Washington D.C. For information on the CEIE graduate program, visit

How to Apply?

To communicate your interest to Dr. Furst, please fill out this form:

Please note that the position can only be offered to students who are accepted to the GMU CEIE graduate program. Apply by the following deadlines if you are interested in the Spring 2024 opportunity:
F1/J1: November 1
Domestic: December 15

Program Dates:

Spring 2024


December 15, 2023

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