Postdoctoral Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California Irvine

Postdoctoral Scholar with Professor Russell Detwiler

Job #JPF06414
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 24th, 2020

Next review date: Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position beginning December 2020.

The postdoctoral scholar position is in the area of groundwater contaminant fate and transport with a particular emphasis on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The ideal candidate should have knowledge and background in one or a combination of the following fields:

  • Computational modeling of groundwater flow and transport with experience using current state-of-the-art models on parallel architectures (e.g., PFLOTRAN, TOUGHREACT, or similar).
  • Laboratory experiments aimed at quantifying flow and transport in saturated and unsaturated porous media.
  • Fate and transport of PFAS in the subsurface including reactions that transform PFAS in the subsurface and the mechanisms that control their migration.
  • Geostatistical techniques used to analyze and quantify subsurface heterogeneity from available data and synthesize representative realizations of complex geologic formations.
  • Uncertainty analysis involving complex groundwater flow and transport simulations and available observational data.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with Professor Russell Detwiler ( and his research group to conduct federally-funded interdisciplinary research aimed at quantifying the fate and transport of PFAS in the subsurface. Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D., in civil engineering, earth sciences or a related field from an accredited university.

The University of California, Irvine is located in the heart of beautiful Orange County, nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego counties and only five miles from Southern California’s sunny shores. A cornerstone of Irvine, one of the safest cities in the U.S. and home to Southern California’s burgeoning tech coast, UCI is the perfect place to study, work, live and play. Irvine combined the best of a college town community with the vibrant opportunities of a bustling city. Our close proximity to shopping, amusement parks, premier arts and cultural centers, and industry leaders make UCI a destination unlike any other.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications, and contact information for three references. Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system at:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Publications - Publications or link to publications
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)