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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

April 23, 2021
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Identification of Microbes and Enzymes that Degrade Plastics

Employer: Queen’s University
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
Closing Date: June 23, 2021

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Job Description

Application Deadline: 1 June 2021

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern-Research Excellence Network (CEC-REN) at Queen’s University, is an interdisciplinary research and innovation initiative. CEC-REN is focused on the detection and treatment of emerging contaminants in the natural and built environment, that pose environmental and human health risk. This opportunity exists within a multi-year program of research affiliate with CEC-REN, and is a collaboration with Queen’s University’s departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

This fully funded, four-year position is part of a collaborative multi-group project exploring natural environments to develop innovative plastic bio-recycling technologies. Working with others in the lab, the Postdoctoral Scientist will use diverse metagenomic, comparative genomics, functional genomics, and microbiological approaches to identify and characterize novel enzymes and microbes capable of depolymerizing plastics to be biologically engineered for improved activity. The research will be supervised by Dr. George diCenzo (Department of Biology), in collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team of experts including Dr. Laurence Yang (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr. James McLellan (Department of Chemical Engineering), and Dr. David Zechel (Department of Chemistry).

Anticipated Start Date and Duration of Appointment: Flexible with a preferred start date of 1 July 2021. Appointment will be for 1-year with extension to a maximum of 4-years.

Remuneration: Annual compensations will be commensurate with experience, with a minimum salary of $48,000 plus benefits.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, or a related field obtained within the last five years. Expertise in culturing bacteria, isolating nucleic acids, working with high-throughput sequencing data (Illumina, Nanopore), and/or analyzing bacterial genomes is preferred. Applicants should also have a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international research conferences, as well as good communication skills and an interest in collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Application Instructions

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, outlining their qualifications and motivations for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two samples of research writing, and (4) the names and contact information of three references to sf60@queensu.ca. The application deadline is 1 June 2021. Inquiries about the project and position can be requested from Dr. George diCenzo (george.dicenzo@queensu.ca).

Employment Equity: Queen’s University invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ persons. We have a track record of supporting all our employees, including our Accommodation in the Workplace Policy, and will provide support in recruitment processes for applicants with accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the application process, please contact Jyoti Kotecha at kotechaj@queensu.ca.

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