Ph.D. students

Job Type
Job Institution
University of Toledo USA
Job Description

Two funded Ph.D positions are available in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo (Summer 2023 or Fall 2023). The selected candidates will work directly with Drs. Young Seo and Dae-Wook Kang on US Army funded research projects and will also work closely with other investigators and external research collaborators for the project.

The graduate student working with Dr. Seo will be primarily conducting laboratory and field experiments to monitor and optimize biofilm processes for emerging contaminant removal. The student will also work on multi-omics analyses and bioinformatics to understand microbial community dynamics and their functions in bioreactors.

The graduate student working with Dr. Kang will primarily conduct research on understanding dynamics of cyanobacterial species and their metabolic interactions with neighboring microbes in inland source waters by performing high-throughput sequencing, multi-omics analyses, and bioinformatics.

Required qualifications:
• Candidates shall meet all admission requirements (Toefl and GRE) of the University of Toledo and College of Engineering.
• Successful applicants will have a MS (preferred) or a BS in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, environmental science, microbiology, or a related field.
• Previous research experience with environmental microbiology, molecular biology techniques (e.g., quantitative PCR and DNA/RNA sequencing technologies), and data analysis using statistical and bioinformatics tools are desired.
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
• A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license.
• Ability to work as a team member.

Applicants should send (1) a cover letter, (2) a Resume, (3) transcripts, (4) a brief statement of research interests and experience, (5) contact information of 2-3 references, and (6) other supporting documents (e.g., publication) in a single PDF file to Prof. Young Seo ( and Dae-Wook Kang (Daewook.Kang@UToledo.Edu).