Environmental and Ecological Modeling, Microbial Genomics

Job Type
Job Rank
PhD Student
Job Institution
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Job Description

Two fully funded PhD positions are available with Dr. Sandra Clinton (https://geoearth.charlotte.edu/sandra-clinton) and Dr. Jacelyn Rice-Boayue (https://et.charlotte.edu/directory/jacelyn-rice-boayue-phd) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, starting in January 2023. Students can enroll in the Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES), Civil and Environmental Engineering, or Geography Ph.D. Programs. Both students will work on research projects as part of the Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering (https://premier.pratt.duke.edu/) funded by the National Science Foundation. And will support work involving environmental modeling and visualization, ecological modeling, machine learning, microbial genomics, and GIS. 

The ideal candidates will have backgrounds in civil engineering, environmental engineering, earth and environmental sciences, biology or related fields. We are looking for highly motivated students; with strong quantitative analysis skills, writing, and verbal communication. Experience with programming, fate and transport modeling, and data processing languages/environments such as Python and R are preferred.

Prospective students are encouraged to send questions/inquiries to Dr. Jacelyn Rice-Boayue (jacelyn.rice@uncc.edu) prior to applying. To apply, submit your materials in an email to Dr. Jacelyn Rice-Boayue and Dr. Sandra Clinton (sclinto1@uncc.edu) using the subject line “Graduate Assistantship Application.” Please attach a single PDF that contains (1) a cover letter stating your research interests and career goals,(2) your C.V. or resume, (3) the names and contact information of at least two references. Selected candidates will receive full funding support, including tuition, stipend, and benefits. The review of applications will begin on November 1st. 

UNCC is North Carolina’s urban research university. Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged University, UNC Charlotte is fully committed to the discovery, dissemination, synthesis, and application of knowledge and aspires to national and international excellence in these activities.