Postdoctoral Fellow - Competition No. A104142537

University of Alberta

Post Expires



Aug 31, 2020

The appointment will begin in September 2020 or as soon as the position is filled. In accordance with thePostdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA), this position has an initial appointment of 1 year, but renewal for up to two additional years upon satisfactory performance.  Salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

A postdoctoral research position is available to evaluate microbial community shifts and numerical ecology in engineered bioprocesses for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, and energy and nutrient recovery from wastewater. Extensive research will be carried out using molecular biology tools including but not limited to Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, RNA transcription, PCR/cloning, FISH and quantitative- PCR. The ideal candidate is also expected to assist with various research needs in a molecular laboratory, including but not limited to method development and verification, problem-solving, and training of graduate students. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with Dr. Yang Liu. 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 the he/she meets the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Microbiology or Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology. Knowledge of engineered biochemical water and wastewater treatment processes is an asset.
  • A PhD degree in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science with a research background in biochemical wastewater treatment processes, in particular energy and/or nutrient recovery, is also eligible. However, demonstrated experience in metagenomics analysis, microbiology and molecular biotechnology is required.
  • Experience using advanced statistical approaches for analyzing complex microbial community and genomics datasets is required.
  • At least three years of hands-on experience working with water, wastewater and sludge samples in a molecular laboratory is required.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability in a molecular laboratory is needed
  • A strong track record of refereed journal publications
  • The ability to work independently
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this position. Kindly send contact information for three referees and one most relevant sample publication. In your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the following question:

“How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness, and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?”

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered.

How to Apply

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.

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