Howard and Susan Read Postdoctoral Fellowship in Water Infrastructure



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The Hopkins Water Institute seeks to recruit talented, ambitious postdoctoral fellows to solve ongoing problems related to water and sanitation infrastructure and services. The US and other developed countries must revitalize aging infrastructure that has long passed its design life. Ongoing problems include sewer overflows from extreme storm events, pipe breaks, and large scale natural disasters. Cities in developing countries often lack water and sanitation infrastructure altogether or face compounding challenges of unreliable service and crumbling distribution networks.

These interdisciplinary water and sanitation infrastructure challenges must be solved by a combination of better design, policy development, monitoring, financing, management, construction, operating, and public health practice. Accordingly, the Hopkins Water Institute will accept applications to the Howard and Susan Read Postdoctoral Fellowship from all relevant fields of study at any JHU division (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Public Health, SAIS, Medicine, Nursing, the Applied Physics Lab, Business, or Education) according to the eligibility and review criteria outlined below.

Eligibility and Schedule

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate (PhD, MD, ScD, DPhil) or have close doctoral defense date with a letter of support from advisor
  • Proposed work must be relevant to problems in water infrastructure (see description)
  • Applicants from either external institutions or existing JHU PhD students or postdocs are
  • welcome to apply
  • Application Due Date: Friday, January 9, 2015, at 8:00 pm E.D.T.
  • Expected notification in February, 2015

Award Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of JHU Water Institute faculty from multiple disciplines for the following characteristics:

  • Intellectual merit: originality, feasibility, scientific basis, likelihood of success
  • Broader impact: policy implications or changes to real-world practices in water and sanitation infrastructure
  • Interdisciplinarity: the proposal must explicitly address problems in at least 2 disciplines
  • Strength of candidate: demonstration of scholarly excellence and superior communication skills


  • The fellowship will provide two years of post-doctoral support

  • Up to $45,000 will be available per year

Uploads to the online Application Portal

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • 2-page research proposal on problem in water infrastructure. References not included in
  • page limit.
  • 2 letters of support
    • o If the applicant does not yet hold a doctorate, one letter must come from his or her doctoral advisor and indicate the time to graduation
  • Identify 2 possible faculty advisors from the JHU Water Institute from different disciplines


Submit your application here.