Microbial ecology in biological wastewater treatment

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Graduate student
Job Institution: 
The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
Job Description: 

The group of Dr. Ryan Ziels (www.zielslab.com) in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia is seeking a motivated Masters or PhD student to join our research team in Fall 2022. The student will conduct innovative research on the application of molecular biology and microbial ecology to advance resource recovery from sustainable wastewater treatment biotechnologies.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Environmental Engineering and molecular microbiology. Exceptional students from backgrounds other than engineering –including microbiology, chemistry, environmental science—are also encouraged to apply.

The applicant should have an M.S. (for PhD applicants) or a B.S. (for Masters applicants), as well as excellent verbal and writing communication skills. Ideally, the candidate will also have experience in molecular microbiology, including PCR, sequencing metagenomics, and bioinformatics. The ability to process large datasets in a coding language (R, python, etc.) is also a plus.

Applicants should contact Dr. Ryan Ziels directly by email at rziels[at]civil.ubc.ca (replace [at] with @), with the subject title “AEESP UBC Graduate Position”. Please include a CV and a personal statement that addresses your academic background experience, current research interests, and long-term academic goals. A competitive stipend will be provided to the successful candidate.

An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. Applications are encouraged from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.