Microbial defluorination

Sunday, March 13, 2022
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University of California, Riverside
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A Postdoc position in microbial defluorination at the University of California, Riverside

Dr. Yujie Men, from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join her research group (the Microbe-Environment Nexus, https://environmicrobe.weebly.com). The start time is before July 1st, 2022. 

About the project:

The successful postdoc candidate will be working on projects related to biodefluorination. The candidate will work on the enrichment, isolation, and characterization of defluorinating microorganisms, the demonstration of defluorination molecular mechanisms, the investigation of a bioelectrochemical system to accelerate the defluorination process. Preliminary findings relevant to this project can be found here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.0c04483https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00511

Selection Criteria: 

1) Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, or Chemical Engineering.

2) Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: metabolic pathway analysis in pure/mixed cultures, anaerobic microorganism cultivation and isolation, bioelectrochemical systems, microbial community analysis and bioinformatics. 

3) Applicants should be enthusiastic and self-motivated on scientific research and good at team working with critical and independent thinking.

How to apply:

Interested individuals should send emails to Dr. Men (ymen@engr.ucr.edu) with their CVs. 

About M.E.N. group:

Dr. Men earned her BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, then her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Before she started her independent academic career, she worked as a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG). Her research focuses on interactions between environmental microorganisms and emerging organic contaminants. Current projects include biotransformation/bioremediation of emerging organic contaminants, the occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging contaminants in natural and engineered environments, and the impact of emerging organic contaminants on the development and transmission of antibiotic resistance. The M.E.N. group currently has four students working on frontiers in environmental microbiology and is looking forward to welcoming new members. For more details about the M.E.N. group, please check the website: https://profiles.ucr.edu/yujie.men

About CEE@UCR and Riverside: 

UCR is one of the few universities, which has a department setup combining Chemical and Environmental Engineering. CEE department has ongoing projects incorporating expertise in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Advanced Nanotechnology. It also has established collaborations with other departments on campus (e.g., the Department of Environmental Science, the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, the Environmental Toxicology Program, and the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Program), the USDA-ARS Salinity Lab, as well as the nearby universities, such as UC, Los Angeles, and UC, Irvine. Riverside is located in southern California, close to Los Angeles and Irvine, and with a lower living cost. It has warm weather with a lot of sunshine; in other words, lots of outdoor activities for leisure time.