Geomicrobiology, Subsurface Biogeochemistry, Bioremediation

Job Type
Job Rank
Research Assistant (PhD student)
Job Institution
Korea University
Job Description

Environmental and Geomicrobiology Laboratory in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Korea University (KU) is seeking applicants for Ph.D. research assistantships beginning in Spring 2022.

We recently moved to a new department building with state-of-the-art labs and offices (a generous $12 million donation from an alumnus). Students we admit will receive very competitive financial aid package.

Students may work on research topics relevant to subsurface biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, environmental microbiology, and bioremediation. Our group research is mainly focusing on microbial community diversity and composition in various subsurface environments and their roles on fate and bioavailability of organic and inorganic compounds within both aquatic and terrestrial environments

We are currently working on:

1)    Biogeochemistry of C, Fe, and S in urban subsurface environments

2)    Biofilms in deep granitic groundwater and weathered zones

3)    Antimony redox biogeochemistry in subsurface environments

More information about this research is available at

Candidates are required to hold a relevant B.S. or M.S. degree (earth and environmental sciences, geology, microbiology, and environmental engineering, etc.). Ideal candidates should be strongly self-motivated and able to work independently. If interested, please send a CV and brief statement of research interests to Prof. Man Jae Kwon at Candidates should apply for their applications by Sept 17, 2021 (

KU established in 1905 is a private university in Seoul, S. Korea. KU is one of the nation's oldest and most prominent institutions of higher education. In the QS World University Rankings 2021 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), KU has maintained its status as the first among local private universities. It was first named among the world’s top 100 in 2017, and made it to the top 70 in just five years.