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Postdoctoral Research in Anthropogenic Contamination of Surface Waters

San Diego State University, Department of Civil Construction & Environmental Engineering
San Diego, California
$52,000 to $60,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Biogeosciences, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University to conduct research on advanced optical spectroscopic techniques to evaluate anthropogenic contamination of riverine and coastal environments. The Scholar will also contribute to real-time water quality monitoring using a fluorescence-based sensor platform, ground-truthing of real-time data with advanced laboratory analytical techniques, and synthesis of large data sets. Applicants should be active researchers who are motivated to develop research ideas, and publish and disseminate research outcomes.

The successful candidate will develop advanced optical spectroscopic techniques, design field experiments using real-time water quality monitoring with a fluorescence-based sensor platform, synthesize large data sets using statistical techniques and data analytics, conduct water quality analyses, and write manuscripts and extramural funded proposals related to the research.

Full-time, temporary position with a one-year appointment renewable for a  second year depending on research progress. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Start date is flexible and may begin as early as Aug 1, 2022.

The Water Innovation and Reuse Lab (WIRLab) conducts fundamental and applied research on biogeochemical processes occurring in natural and engineered systems and seeks to advance and innovate sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure. WIRLab is housed within the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at San Diego State University. The CCEE Department hosts three ABET-accredited programs, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Environmental Engineering, as well as M.S. programs and Ph.D. programs (through the Joint Doctoral Program with the University of California San Diego) involving students in leading edge research.

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public institution of higher education located in Southern California. SDSU is currently ranked No. 60 among public universities and is in the top 25 nationwide for ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education and as a Hispanic-Serving and Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

This position is physically located at the SDSU Main Campus in San Diego.

Education and Experience

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field.

Specialized Skills

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with large datasets and water quality data analyses.
  • Evidence of advanced statistical analyses or other data analytics approaches.
  • Applicants should be active researchers who are motivated to develop research ideas, present at local and national conferences, write proposals, and publish and disseminate research findings with the PI.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in hydrologic and water quality fieldwork, water quality sensor deployment, water sampling or monitoring, and/or chemical or microbiological analytical techniques.
  • Expertise using fluorescence or other optical spectroscopic techniques and/or PARAFAC modeling.

Licenses Required

Applicants must possess or be able to obtain a U.S. driver’s license upon hire.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

Hiring salary:  $52,000 - 60,000 annually 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest (maximum 2 pages), C.V., and contact information for three references via this Application link:  .  Review of submitted applications is currently underway.  The position will remain open until filled. For questions regarding this position, please email Dr. Natalie Mladenov at


SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

Applicants should be present in the U.S. and be eligible to begin working upon satisfactory background check. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at


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