Environmental Engineering

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Research Scientist II
Job Institution: 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Job Description: 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is seeking a Research Scientist II in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a strong genome editing background and skills in bioelectrochemistry experiments. The BuG ReMeDEE (Building genome-to-phenome infrastructure for regulating methane in deep and extreme Environments) researcher will use microbial and molecular techniques to develop genome-to-phenome approaches for investigating extracellular electron transfer mechanisms of previously unexplored wild-type and recombinant methanotrophs. The Research Scientist will use these methanotrophs for converting methane into value-added products. The candidate is expected to have an ability to carry out independent research, provide an expert guidance to the juniors, and collaborate with peers in the team. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Venkata Gadhamshetty (venkata.gadhamshetty@sdsmt.edu).

The successful candidate will have strong genome editing background and skills in bioelectrochemistry experiments. A Ph.D. degree in molecular biology (or related field) or a biological, environmental or chemical engineering degree (or related degree) by the start date is required. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to carry out research studies using genetic engineering/metabolic engineering, have experimental skills in bioelectrochemistry, guide undergraduate and graduate students, and have an excellent publication record in the relevant fields.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second, largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: www.sdsmt.edu and http://visitrapidcity.com/.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.