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Career Opportunities

June 2, 2021
PhD or Masters Graduate Student in Microbes that Degrade Plastics

Employer: University of Waterloo, Department of Biology
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Closing Date: September 2, 2021

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Job Description

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Microplastics generated from industrial manufacturing of synthetic textiles, laundry or other sources have become an increasingly critical environmental pollution challenge. We are seeking researchers to join our multidisciplinary team to develop ways to resolve the problem of microplastic pollution by enabling a sustainable circular plastic economy. This fully funded position is part of a collaborative multi-group project at University of Waterloo exploring human-impacted environments to develop innovative microplastic bio-recycling technologies. The Graduate Student will use microbial enrichment culture and genome engineering to identify, characterize and improve novel microbes capable of depolymerizing plastics. The research will be supervised by Dr. Bill Anderson (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Trevor Charles (Department of Biology) in collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team of experts.

Anticipated Start Date: Flexible with a preferred start date of 1 September 2021 or 1 January 2022.

Application Instructions

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should hold a BSc, BASc or equivalent degree in microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a related field. Experience culturing bacteria, isolating nucleic acids, working with high-throughput sequencing data, and/or analyzing bacterial genomes is preferred. Applicants should also have good communication skills and an interest in collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit by June 15 (1) a cover letter, outlining their qualifications and motivations for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) one sample of research writing, and (4) the names and contact information of two references to tcharles@uwaterloo.ca.

Employment Equity: The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.  

Application Contacts

Trevor Charles
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

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