New approaches for predicting risk of environmental pollutants

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
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Graduate Assistantships
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Our lab is looking for a PhD student to fill a fully funded graduate research assistant (GRA) position starting in August 2023 (Fall Semester). The aim is to build the next generation of tools to assess the impact of environmental contaminants on human and wildlife health. To accomplish this, the chosen individual would lead multiple projects using computational toxicology and high-throughput laboratory screening to predict chemical risk. The compounds of interest include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), pesticides, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs). During the PhD, the student will have the opportunity to work with biologists, chemists, and engineers from government, academia, and industry, and attend international meetings, to develop their own career network. The GRA position includes tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance.
The student should be proficient in one or more of the following areas: statistics, data manipulation, R programming, AI/machine learning, bioinformatics, and/or molecular and cellular biology. They should also have a general interest in environmental science and/or chemistry. Finally, since the aim of this work is to generate 3-5 high-profile publications, the successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines and write clearly and effectively. Our lab is part of Mason’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center ( More information about our work can be found at If you are interested, please send your CV/resume and a brief paragraph describing your experience, including computational skills in R or other platforms, to Dr. Scott Glaberman ( Applications will be accepted until December 15th, but priority will be given to earlier submissions. The chosen student would enroll in George Mason’s Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Public Policy:
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Scott Glaberman
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