Biological Nitrogen Transformation

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Job Rank: 
Ph.D. Student
Job Institution: 
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Job Description: 

Bioenergy and Environment Research Group ( in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at The University of Hawaii at Manoa has an immediate opening for a graduate student (Ph.D.) in the field of nitrogen transformation in aquaponic system funded through USDA’s AFRI Program.  The selected candidate will examine the distribution of nitrogen input in aquaponic systems under optimum conditions based on nitrogen mass balance study and nitrogen-stable isotope analyses. The candidate is also expected to analyze the diversity and abundance of functional microbes using advanced molecular techniques (working closely with Dr. Kartik Chandran). The research project will establish structural and functional links among microbial communities, plant root morphology, water quality parameters, N2O emission to reveal the mechanisms of nitrogen transformations in aquaponic system. We prefer a candidate with research background in biological waste treatment (nutrient recovery), design and operation of aquaponic system with research background in molecular techniques and system modeling. M.S. in environmental engineering or a closely related engineering field is required. The candidate must have superior academic and excellent research background. The position requires excellent written and oral english skill including ability to prepare refereed journal articles/progress report. Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. The candidate will also receive full tuition waiver along with fund for attending/presenting at national/international conference. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Kartik Chandran of Columbia University ( For consideration, please e-mail CV (with GRE, TOEFL scores (if applicable) and GPA), 1-page write-up on research experience, names of 2 referees and publication if any in a single PDF file to Dr. Samir K. Khanal at <> by Aug 23, 2013.