Boone Pickens School of Geology


Ph.D. Opportunity in Environmental Geochemistry at Oklahoma State University

The Aqueous Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology Lab led by Dr.Tingying Xu in Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University is looking for a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position in the field of environmental geochemistry. The position will be focused on studying mineral-metal-microbe interactions in mining or oil/gas exploration impacted soils and water to understand the fate and transport of organic and inorganic contaminants and informing the relevant novel bioremediation strategies using multidisciplinary methods.


The successful candidate will be expected to learn skills combining geochemical field characterization and sampling, laboratory-based experiments, a variety of microscopy techniques, synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopic and scattering methods, molecular biology and microbiology. Appropriate undergraduate fields include Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Soil Science, and Microbiology. The candidate with strong skills in chemistry are beneficial but not required.

Applications are open until position is filled. The starting date can be either January 2022 or August 2022. Interested candidates can either submit applications through our University on-line system ( or contact Dr. Tingying Xu ( with your CV, a brief description of any prior research activities (note: prior research experience is not required for admission) and your current research and educational interests. Oklahoma State University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.