Postdoctoral & PhD positions on biofilm systems

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral researcher & Graduate student researcher
Job Institution
Howard University
Job Description

Howard University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar and PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Jeseth Delgado Vela on projects supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.

The Office of Naval Research project is focused on biofilm control on naval assets. The National Science Foundation project is focused on quorum sensing in nitrogen cycling bacteria. The researchers will gain knowledge and skills in bioinformatics, bioreactor design, isotopic rate measurements, biofilm modeling, surface characterization methods, and microbial ecology of biofilms. 

Postdoctoral researcher candidates should have a doctoral degree in microbiology, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, biological system engineering, or a related field. Desired qualifications include experience with bioinformatics, microbial encapsulation, biofilm reactor design and operation, and biofilm modeling. The ideal candidate is collaborative, flexible, and interested in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Due to funding restrictions applications from U.S. citizens are preferred, but all applicants are welcome to inquire.

PhD candidates should ideally possess an M.S or B.S. degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, microbiology, or a related field. Post-B.S. candidates will ideally demonstrate lab skills and significant undergraduate research experience. PhD openings are available for Spring or Fall 2023, with a preference for students that can begin in the Spring. Due to funding restrictions applications from U.S. citizens are preferred, but all applicants are welcome to inquire.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Dr. Delgado Vela directly at  A resume or CV should be provided in the email that includes relevant experience and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The start date for the position is after October 1, 2021.  

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral university, classified as a high research activity institution. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges. Howard is recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the nation’s pre-eminent Historically Black Colleges or Universities (or HBCU’s).

Howard University is located in Washington, D.C., where trainees have excellent networking opportunities with local universities, national laboratories, federal agencies, and utilities.