We always welcome self-motivated students to join our group! While research/teaching assistanships may be limited, students are strongly encouraged to seek external funding opportunities to sponsor their Ph.D. study at Auburn University. The selected candidates will join Dr. Shiqiang (Nick) Zou’s lab and expect to work on research projects relevant to energy-efficient wastewater treatment and resource recovery.

The following qualifications are desired:

  1. A bachelor or master’s degree in relevant science and engineering fields;
  2. Previous experience in wastewater treatment using environmental bioprocess, membrane reactors, forward osmosis, and/or bioelectrochemical systems is preferred;
  3. Previous experience in wastewater quality analysis (e.g., IC and ICP-MS) and electrochemical analysis (e.g., voltammetry and amperometry) is a plus;
  4. Good communication skills, team spirit, and experience in publishing peer-reviewed papers;

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Shiqiang (Nick) Zou at shiqiang@auburn.edu with a subject line of “Auburn Civil PhD application.” Please indicate that

  1. If you need graduate research or teaching assistantship (and you will be placed in our candidate pool);
  2. Or if you have secured external fellowship for your Ph.D. study (including funding sources/programs from NSF, CSC, ORISE, etc.)

Please attach your application package in a single PDF file with your updated CV (max two pages), unofficial transcript(s), GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores, the contact information of three references, and a publication list (if applicable).

More information about application and admission can be found at
Civil department: https://www.eng.auburn.edu/civil/academics/graduate/how-to-apply.html
Graduate school: http://bulletin.auburn.edu/thegraduateschool/admissions/

Note: For international students, Duolingo English Test (https://englishtest.duolingo.com) is an acceptable English test for Spring 2021 admission. To qualify for admission, applicants must score 110 or above.

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