Wastewater disease surveillance

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral scholar
Job Institution
Rice University
Job Description

A full-time postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Stadler. The postdoctoral researcher will join a dynamic team working one of the most advanced and expansive city-wide wastewater disease surveillance systems. This is a highly collaborative project with the Houston Health Department, Houston Water, and several other faculty members at Rice including Todd Treangen (Computer Science), Kathy Ensor (Statistics), and Loren Hopkins (Health Department/Statistics). We currently monitoring 39 wastewater treatment plants and 100+ additional sites (schools, nursing homes, homeless shelters, jail, lift stations) across Houston and data is used to inform public health action in real time. 

The ideal candidate has experience in some or all of the following areas: (1) molecular techniques, including nucleic acid extractions and qPCR or ddPCR; (2) sequencing and bioinformatics; and/or (3) environmental statistics. Proficiency in R programming is highly desired. The position will require strong communication and leadership skills, and ability to collaborate with scientists, engineers, and public health professionals on a fast-paced project. The successful candidates must be highly motivated and thrive in a team-based science environment. Position is available ASAP and duration is flexible. If interested, please send your CV and contact information for references to lauren.stadler@rice.edu.

Rice University is a highly ranked, non-sectarian, private research university located in Houston, Texas, a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that is the 4th largest in the nation.  Rice occupies a 300-acre, tree-shaded campus adjacent to Houston’s Museum District and the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Rice has a highly diverse and international student body and strong culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration.