Wastewater-based epidemiology

Monday, February 1, 2021
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 work on a project focused on one of the most advanced city-wide wastewater monitoring systems in the country. Currently, this system is being used to track SARS-CoV-2 infection dynamics across Houston. This is a highly collaborative project with the Houston Health Department, Houston Water, Baylor College of Medicine, several other departments within Rice as well as other collaborating universities. We are currently monitoring 39 wastewater treatment plants and 70+ additional sites (schools, nursing homes, homeless shelters) across Houston and data is used to inform public health action in real time. The goal of this project is to expand the monitoring system to other targets, such as influenza, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and other pathogens. The ideal candidate has experience in molecular techniques, including nucleic acid extractions and qPCR and is familiar with wastewater treatment and/or handling environmental samples. The candidate must be proficient in R programming. 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. We are looking to fill the position ASAP and duration is 1 year with the option of renewal based on funding and performance. If interested, please send your CV and contact information for references to lauren.stadler@rice.edu.