PHD Student position – Microalgae transcriptomics and water

[Canada] Immediately available PhD position as part a collaborative team investigating the use of a microalgae to remove contaminants from contaminated water. The collaboration is between Trent University, Fleming College and Noble Purification.

The successful candidate will be responsible for optimizing RNA isolation from the microalgae and creating and analyzing RNA seq libraries from microalgae exposed to specific environmental contaminants (e.g. rare earth elements or heavy metals). Key in this work will be identifying changes in expression levels of genes that are upregulated during the growth phase, which prepares the microalgae for contaminant uptake.

The student will be supervised by Barry Saville, Associate Professor and Director of Forensic Science at Trent University, Noble Purification and other team members. The results of this work have ecological implications and application to water purification. Student must meet the criteria for entrance into graduate studies in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program a Trent University and, preferably, previous related laboratory and bioinformatics experience although training will be provided.

Noble Corporations was founded in September 2013 in Peterborough, Ontario under the leadership of international award winner, Adam Noble, and PhD, Andressa Lacerda. As a next generation algae company we research, cultivate and market a unique microalgae capable of transforming a variety of markets. Noble boasts patented methods and technologies; strategic business and research partnerships, a large-scale algae cultivation prototype and algae wastewater treatment prototype, large target markets, and strong company leadership.

HOW TO APPLY?

Please email your CV and cover letter to Dr. Barry Saville, Associate Professor and Director of Forensic Science at Trent University, [email protected] if you are interested in applying for this position. Note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact Dr. Barry Saville at [email protected]

 

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