[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position available, University of Missouri: Sustainable Engineering, Food and other Organic Waste Treatment

Chris Costello chris.costello2 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 11:20:15 MST 2015

The Costello lab in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of
Missouri - Columbia is in search of PhD candidate in the field of
biological, environmental and sustainable engineering, with a focus on
food, agricultural and energy systems.

The goal of the project is to consider the environmental and economic life
cycle impacts of a range of organic waste treatment options to improve
decision-making capacity for institutions and municipalities. Emphasis will
be placed on diversion and treatment of food and bio-based polymer waste
streams. The student will be exposed to and expected to participate in
ongoing research to characterize the embodied environmental impacts of
wasted food as well as possible policy-based solutions.

The chosen PhD candidate will assist with data collection, processing,
model construction and analysis to characterize multiple organic waste
treatment systems using life cycle assessment and robust optimization
techniques. The analysis will identify the optimal solution(s) given a
variety of possible waste streams and logistical arrangements.

The student will be supervised by Drs. Christine Costello (Bioengineering
and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments) and Dr. Ronald
McGarvey (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Truman School
of Public Affairs).

An undergraduate and master’s degree in an engineering, or similar,
discipline is required. Students with demonstrated experience may be
considered without an M.S. degree.

The target start date for this position is Spring 2015 with a possible
summer start date. Students will be guaranteed a stipend, tuition waiver
and medical insurance for one year, additional funding pending available

*To apply*: Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter
stating research interests and experience along with a current resume and
the names and contact information of three references. Admission to the
University of Missouri’s graduate program is also required. Applications
will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found. Questions can be
directed to Dr. Christine Costello at costelloc at missouri.edu

Christine Costello, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Adjunct Prof in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri - Columbia
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