Postdoctoral Position in Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory

Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    A104144473D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position has an end date of one year from March 2022 or the date of hire, with the possibility of extension for two additional years upon satisfactory performance.

A competitive stipend will be awarded commensurate with experience and will include a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits Overview

We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral researcher committed to being part of a team developing innovative research combining cutting-edge bioinformatics tools and engineering bioreactor design to advance our understanding of the fundamental factors and mechanisms of wastewater microbiomes underlying complex bioprocesses.

The successful candidate will work in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with Dr. Yang Liu. The ideal applicant will have demonstrated expertise with various bioinformatic analyses and pipelines, and have familiarity with next generation sequencing approaches for bacterial and/or archaea genomes. Solid knowledge and experience in advanced statistical approaches for analyzing complex molecular datasets is highly desirable. The ideal candidate is also expected to assist with various research needs in a molecular microbiology laboratory, including but not limited to experimental design, method development and validation, and general problem-solving. The candidate will be expected to assist in the training and mentoring of graduate students and writing research proposals. Teaching experience can be arranged if desired.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate that he/she meets the following:

  • Has a PhD degree in biological sciences/microbiology with a solid understanding of bioinformatics and molecular biology tools
  • Preference to applicants with a research background in environmental microbiology and/or bioreactors, and a solid understanding and demonstrated ability to apply studies on microbial growth kinetics or carbon/nitrogen/sulfur cycles
  • A strong track record of refereed journal publications
  • The ability to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address) of three referees and one most relevant sample publication.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.

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How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.