Opportunities


Postdoctoral Fellows 

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern-Research Excellence Network (CEC-REN) at Queen’s University, is an interdisciplinary research and innovation initiative. CEC-REN is focused on the detection and treatment of emerging contaminants in the natural and built environment, that pose environmental and human health risk. This opportunity exists within a multi-year program of research affiliate with CEC-REN, and is a collaboration with Queen’s University’s departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Identification of Microbes and Enzymes that Degrade Plastics. This fully funded, four-year position is part of a collaborative multi-group project exploring natural environments to develop innovative plastic bio-recycling technologies. Working with others in the lab, the Postdoctoral Scientist will use diverse metagenomic, comparative genomics, functional genomics, and microbiological approaches to identify and characterize novel enzymes and microbes capable of depolymerizing plastics to be biologically engineered for improved activity. The research will be supervised by Dr. George diCenzo (Department of Biology), in collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team of experts including Dr. Laurence Yang (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr. James McLellan (Department of Chemical Engineering), and Dr. David Zechel (Department of Chemistry).

Anticipated Start Date and Duration of Appointment: Flexible with a preferred start date of 1 July 2021. Appointment will be for 1-year with extension to a maximum of 4-years.

Remuneration: Annual compensations will be commensurate with experience, with a minimum salary of $48,000 plus benefits.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, or a related field obtained within the last five years. Expertise in culturing bacteria, isolating nucleic acids, working with high-throughput sequencing data (Illumina, Nanopore), and/or analyzing bacterial genomes is preferred. Applicants should also have a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international research conferences, as well as good communication skills and an interest in collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, outlining their qualifications and motivations for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two samples of research writing, and (4) the names and contact information of three references to sf60@queensu.ca. The application deadline is 1 June 2021. Inquiries about the project and position can be requested from Dr. George diCenzo (george.dicenzo@queensu.ca).

Employment Equity: Queen’s University invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ persons. We have a track record of supporting all our employees, including our Accommodation in the Workplace Policy, and will provide support in recruitment processes for applicants with accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the application process, please contact Jyoti Kotecha at kotechaj@queensu.ca.

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern - Research Excellence Network (CEC-REN), affiliated with the Beaty Water Research Centre at Queen’s University, is an interdisciplinary research initiative on the detection and treatment of emerging contaminants in the built and natural environment. The CECREN, in collaboration with Queen’s University’s departments Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering, and the School of Medicine, is announcing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetic Engineering for Wastewater Treatment.

This fully funded position is part of a project that will explore genetic engineering as a novel approach to improve drug removal in wastewater treatment. The overarching goal is to upgrade wastewater microorganisms with specific cytochrome P450 enzymes to enhance the biodegradation of emerging contaminants of concern, including steroids and antidepressants. The scientist will conduct laboratory genetic engineering work to transform cytochrome P450s into model microalga and perform controlled growth and exposure studies. The research will be supervised by Dr. Bas Vriens (Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) and Dr. Martin Petkovich (Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, School of Medicine), in collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team of water experts from the Beaty Water Research Centre, including biomedical engineers, environmental scientists, and wastewater practitioners.

Anticipated Start and Duration of Appointment: August 1, 2021 – 2-year appointment.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in biomedical engineering, microbiology, environmental or civil engineering, or a related field, obtained within the last five years. Expertise in microbial genetics and hands-on experience with relevant microbial engineering and characterization techniques is expected. Applicants should also have a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international research conferences, as well as good communication skills and an interest in multi-disciplinary approaches to solve complex problems.

Remuneration: No less than $55,000 annually, commensurate with experience, including benefits.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, outlining their qualifications and motivations for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) two samples of research writing, and (4) the names and contact information of three references to sf60@queensu.ca. The application deadline is June 1, 2021. Inquiries about the project and position can be requested from Dr. Bas Vriens (bas.vriens@queensu.ca).

Employment Equity: Queen’s University invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ persons. We have a track record of supporting all our employees, including our Accommodation in the Workplace Policy, and will provide support in recruitment processes for applicants with accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the application process, please contact Jyoti Kotecha at kotechaj@queensu.ca.

 

Prospective Graduate Students

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern-Research Excellence Network (CEC-REN) at Queen’s University, is an interdisciplinary research and innovation initiative. CEC-REN is focused on the detection and treatment of emerging contaminants in the natural and built environment, that pose environmental and human health risk. This opportunity exists within a multi-year program of research affiliate with CEC-REN, and is a collaboration with Queen’s University’s departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.


PhD Graduate Student Position in the Identification of Microbes and Enzymes that Degrade Plastics This fully funded position is part of a collaborative multi-group project exploring natural environments to develop innovative plastic bio-recycling technologies. Working with others in the lab, the PhD Graduate Student will use diverse metagenomic, comparative genomics, functional genomics, and microbiological approaches to identify and characterize novel enzymes and microbes capable of depolymerizing plastics to be biologically engineered for improved activity. The research will be supervised by Dr. George diCenzo (Department of Biology), in collaboration with a highly interdisciplinary team of experts including Dr. Laurence Yang (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr. James McLellan (Department of Chemical Engineering), and Dr. David Zechel (Department of Chemistry).

Anticipated Start Date and Duration of Program: Flexible with a preferred start date of 1 September 2021. The PhD program at Queen’s University is generally expected to take 4 years.

Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, or a related field. In exceptional cases, a MSc degree is not required and can be replaced by a BSc or equivalent degree in microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, or a related field. Experience culturing bacteria, isolating nucleic acids, working with high-throughput sequencing data (Illumina, Nanopore), 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 (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 sf60@queensu.ca. The application deadline is 1 June 2021. Inquiries about the project and position can be requested from Dr. George diCenzo (george.dicenzo@queensu.ca).

Employment Equity: Queen’s University invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ persons. We have a track record of supporting all our employees, including our Accommodation in the Workplace Policy, and will provide support in recruitment processes for applicants with accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the application process, please contact Jyoti Kotecha at kotechaj@queensu.ca.

 

 

Dr. Graeme Howe (Department of Chemistry) is looking for a motivated student to join his team and engineer an enzyme that converts cheap starting materials into valuable commodity chemicals in an environmentally friendly way. Please contact Dr. Howe to apply (graeme.howe@queensu.ca).

Skills considered and asset for the position include:

  • Experience with (or strong understanding of) molecular biology techniques including: PCR, cloning, protein expression and purification and site-directed and random mutagenesis;
  • Experience with (or strong understanding of) enzyme characterization techniques including: gel electrophoresis and kinetic assays;
  • Knowledge of directed evolution and/or high-throughput screening;
  • Experience with bioinformatics