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MS or PhD Graduate Research Assistantship: Soil Science/Soil Physics/Soil Chemistry/Environ. Science

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Puyallup, Washington State
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

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Geochemistry, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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Position Summary:
Plastic particles are an emerging contaminant in terrestrial ecosystems. But compared to marine ecosystems, little is known about fate and transport of micro- and nanoplastics in terrestrial systems. The objectives of this project are to (1) understand the creation of secondary micro- and nanoplastics during weathering and determine intrinsic biodegradability, (2) determine the role of weathering on the surface and colloidal properties of micro- and nanoplastics, and (3) identify the fundamental mechanisms involved in transport of micro- and nanoplastics in unsaturated porous media and soils.
Responsibilities will include:
•    Conducting field and laboratory experiments on plastic weathering
•    Colloid and surface characterization of plastic particles
•    Write and review peer-reviewed publications

Required Qualifications:
•    BS or MS in Soil Science, Hydrology, Geosciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or closely related field
•    Strong quantitative skills

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Strong analytical and laboratory skills
•    Familiarity with R or other programming language
•    Experience in colloid science

Start Date:     January 1, 2023

•    Tuition
•    Graduate student stipend plus health insurance
•    Opportunity to carry out a portion of the research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

How to apply: (Please submit to Dr. Markus Flury,
•    CV
•    Transcripts
•    GRE scores if available (not required)
•    TOEFL scores (for international candidates for whom English is not the native language), required for admission, so needs to be completed at the time of admission, but not necessarily required for application.

Further Information:
•    Application Requirements for International Students:
•    Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences:

Review of candidates will begin on October 10, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. For questions, please contact Markus Flury (


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