A Ph.D. graduate research assistantship is available from the 2023 Fall semester in the Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at Clemson University, South Carolina, US for the algae treatment of livestock wastewater for nutrient recycling, antibiotic removal as well as the algal oil-based biofuel production. This position will be supported by a recently funded USDA project entitled “Growing microalgae in livestock wastewater - Benefits in nutrient recycle, antibiotic removal, and potential biofuel production”.
The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with a team of scientists in biogeochemistry, wastewater/water treatment, and bioprocess engineering in different universities/institutes to investigate organic matters and antibiotics removal under the different wastewater matrix and study the possibility of using algal oil to produce biodiesel-based biofuel. He/she will have the opportunity to develop his/her own research ideas within the project goals. The student will be encouraged to attend at least one professional conference or workshop per year for presenting the research.
1) An earned Master degree by the date of hire in environmental engineering/ science, bioprocess engineering, and agricultural engineering, or closely related fields is required.
2) Experience or coursework in analytical chemistry or algal cultivation
3) Ability to work independently and field/outdoor environments
1) Experience in analytic techniques such as LC-MS/MS
2) Experience in algal cultivation.
If you are interested, please send the following documents in a single PDF File to Dr. Huan Chen (email@example.com), Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at Clemson University and Dr. Rui Xiao (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), Postdoc at the Center for Synthetic Biochemistry, Institute of Synthetic Biology, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technologies, Shenzhen, China through the email: (1) a letter of application describing your relevant experiences; (2) CV; (3) copies of transcripts; (4) GRE and TOFEL scores; (5) list of three names of the references. A review of candidates will begin immediately, and the hiring decision will be made as soon as possible after an excellent candidate is identified.