PhD Student in Anaerobic Biotechnologies

Thursday, November 2, 2017
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PhD Student
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University of British Columbia
Job Description: 

The Environmental Systems Engineering group at the University of British Columbia is seeking a motivated PhD student to work on an NSERC-funded research project focusing on enhancing methane recovery from wastewater solids. The desired start date is September, 2018.

The student will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team, including Dr. Ryan Ziels, Dr. Donald Mavinic and Dr. Victor Lo, to investigate the impacts of sludge pre-treatment on the microbial ecology and activity of anaerobic digesters. The student will employ research techniques including: constructing and operating experimental anaerobic digestion reactors, measuring and modeling microbial kinetics, quantifying functional genes of key microbial groups via qPCR, as well as multi-omic sequencing of the digester communities.

The ideal candidate will have a MSc degree in a relevant engineering or science field, and excellent verbal and writing communication skills.  Research experience in biological wastewater treatment is desired. Skills in molecular microbiology and bioinformatics are highly desired for this project.

Interested candidates can apply by sending the following materials to Dr. Ryan Ziels (ziels[at]

1) a cover letter stating research experience and career goals;
2) a CV or resume;
3) contact information for three references.

UBC is located in Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada. The city's North Shore nature doorstep offers snow sports, mountain biking and leisurely rainforest viewing, while the city itself is studded with sandy beaches, forest trails, kayaking routes, seawall bike lanes and Canada's urban green-space jewel, Stanley Park. A regional airport also makes for easy international travel into and out of Vancouver.