Environmental Biotechnology and Microbiology for Nutrient Recovery

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Scholar
Job Institution: 
Northwestern University
Job Description: 

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to an NSF-funded project to develop novel microbial bioprocesses for nitrogen recovery as value-added products from wastewater. The successful candidate will work at the interface of bioprocess engineering, environmental microbiology, and synthetic biology to achieve this goal. The project will involve characterization of axenic and enrichment cultures as well as operation of chemostats for nitrogen removal and recovery from mock wastewater.  This work will be complemented with meta-omic (metagenomics, metatranscriptomic, and metabolomic) profiling of microbial community structure and function.  The postdoctoral scholar will work as part of a team of environmental and chemical engineers. In addition to independent research activities, the candidate will supervise graduate students, prepare project reports and journal articles, coordinate between project team members, and communicate results at national and international conferences.   

Qualifications: A recent Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, or related fields and knowledge of culture-based and molecular methods for bacterial populations is required.  The following skills are desirable but not required in the ideal candidate: 1) experience in the design and operation of mixed-culture bioprocesses; 2) experience in molecular biology, cloning, and/or recombineering; 3) knowledge of resource recovery approaches in the water sector; and/or 4) knowledge of tools to evaluate system sustainability such as life cycle analysis.

The anticipated starting date for the position is in fall 2021, or as soon as a suitable candidate is identified thereafter.  Applications will be reviewed as received with an interest in an early appointment.  The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extending to a second year depending on performance and availability of funds. The salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  To apply, please email a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and 2 representative peer-reviewed publications to George Wells (george.wells@northwestern.edu) and Keith Tyo (k-tyo@northwestern.edu). Please send applications as a single pdf file.