Auburn University is a public institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,931 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,875 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Auburn University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97.

Dr. Dengjun (Kevin) Wang in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University is recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin in the Summer or Fall 2023. The selected candidate will work on the transformation of pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment. While the focus of this project is on the abiotic transformation of PFAS, biotransformation and the synergies between abiotic transformation and biotransformation will also be examined at a high level to advance our current knowledge on PFAS transformation.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to working with scientists, engineers, and consultants at Auburn and other U.S. institutions, federal government, Navy, and consulting industry. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to work directly with the Director of Mass Spec Center at Auburn University for PFAS and transformation product analyses by HPLC-HRMS/MS

Required Qualifications:
• An earned MS (preferred) or bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Soil Science, or a closely related field.
• Good communication skills, team spirits, and dedication to academic excellence.
• Basic knowledge on PFAS and their precursors found in the environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Hand on experiences on the analyses of PFAS and PFAS precursors by HPLC-MS/MS or HPLC-HRMS/MS, and compound structure identification are significantly preferable.
• Basic knowledge or skills of ORIGIN, MATLAB, R, or Python software.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an email to Dr. Wang ( with a single PDF file, including: (1) an application letter describing your relevant experiences; (2) CV; (3) copies of transcripts; (4) GRE, TOFEL, and (or) IELTS scores; and (5) contact information of three references. Review of candidates will start immediately, and decision will be made once the ideal candidate is identified. More information on the application at Auburn University can be found at: Graduate School: Auburn University is a public research and land-grant university in Auburn, Alabama.

The university is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity” that provides intensive collaborative opportunities with experts throughout the sciences and engineering. The city of Auburn offers a great quality of life with affordable housing, active civic engagement, and recreational opportunities such as Chewacla State Park in the Appalachian foothills. Auburn is a college town and one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities that is within a few hours’ drive of Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, and beaches in Alabama and Florida. Contact Person Dengjun (Kevin) Wang Contact eMail

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