Postdoctoral Associate - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Location: Houston, TX, United States,
Internal Number: 1139
A full-time postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Stadler. The postdoctoral researcher will join a dynamic team working one of the most advanced and expansive city-wide wastewater disease surveillance systems. This is a highly collaborative project with the Houston Health Department, Houston Water, and several other faculty members at Rice including Todd Treangen (Computer Science), Kathy Ensor (Statistics), and Loren Hopkins (Health Department/Statistics). We currently monitoring 39 wastewater treatment plants and 100+ additional sites (schools, nursing homes, homeless shelters, jail, lift stations) across Houston and data is used to inform public health action in real time.
The ideal candidate has experience in some or all of the following areas: (1) molecular techniques, including nucleic acid extractions and qPCR or ddPCR; (2) sequencing and bioinformatics; and/or (3) environmental statistics. Proficiency in R programming is highly desired. The position will require strong communication and leadership skills, and ability to collaborate with scientists, engineers, and public health professionals on a fast-paced project. The successful candidates must be highly motivated and thrive in a team-based science environment. Position is available ASAP and duration is flexible. If interested, please send your CV and contact information for references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conduct experimental research on wastewater disease surveillance
Publish papers and present findings at national and international conferences
Mentor and train junior research team members, such as PhD candidates
Assist with proposal development to obtain research funding
Support project management and collaboration across institutions
Provide academic services (i.e. teaching classes) to the department as required
Perform all other duties as assigned
PhD in environmental engineering, data science, epidemiology, or related field
Demonstrate strong communication skill in research presentation
Self-motivated and genuinely interested in academic and public health research
Strong background in one or more of the following areas: molecular techniques, including nucleic acid extractions and qPCR or ddPCR; (2) sequencing and bioinformatics; and/or (3) environmental statistics
Strong listening and verbal communication skills and ability to present in group meetings and conferences
Enthusiasm for leadership, assisting team members and creating a collaborative working environment
Ability to work independently, collaboratively and professionally
Strong written communication and understanding of manuscript and peer review process
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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