Engineering water research opportunity in India for Spring 2016


Spend six months working towards arsenic-safe drinking water in rural India
Over 100 million people in rural South Asia have only arsenic-contaminated  water to drink

The Gadgil Lab at the University of California, Berkeley (US) is looking for an Engineering Fellow to supervise and conduct field work during the pilot operation of a 10,000 liter per day capacity water treatment plant at a rural school outside of Kolkata, India. The pilot treatment plant is part of an ongoing project to develop and demonstrate a scalable solution to widespread arsenic contamination in India and Bangladesh, a public health threat that has been called the “largest mass poisoning in human history” by the WHO. The Fellow will spend Jan – Jul 2016 in India (travel expenses covered) and receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

The fellow must have at least an MS degree in an engineering or related field, or demonstrate relevant and commensurate experience. Candidates must be mature, self-directed, and capable of solving problems as they occur. Experience in water treatment or work in rural areas is desirable, but not required. Fluency in Hindi or Bengali is an advantage but not required. The position is 6 months with a possible extension up to one-year, based in Kolkata, India with frequent travel to the rural school site.

Field site location : Dhopdhopi High School (see in attached file  below for photos). Our goal is to provide arsenic-safe water to ~2500 school children while demonstrating the technical performance long term.

Interested candidates should contact : Siva Bandaru –  (510-356-8516) – with a brief cover letter (email is fine) and CV. References and a face-to-face interview will be required for qualified candidates.

Apply as soon as possible, dead line  is 18th October, 2015. Please click on the link below for more information about the position.