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Opportunities

Graduate student and Postdoctoral openings.

We have multiple openings available for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with Open Plastic at Queen's University, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Waterloo, and Université Laval.

To learn more:

  • browse our Principal Investigators at Researcher Directory

  • reach out to the PI directly using the contact information listed (please include CV and your research topic of interest)

Alternatively, please send your CV, Research Area of Interest, and (optionally) the PI you wish to work with to Pranab Das, Research Program Coordinator. We will circulate your application materials internally to find the best match within Open Plastic.

PhD Graduate Student Position

Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

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).

Supervisors: Drs. James McLellan and Laurence Yang

Postdoctoral Scientist

Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Supervisor: Dr. George diCenzo

This fully funded, two-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), as well as academic and industrial partners across Ontario and Québec. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to other projects in the lab if desired, as well as to develop novel research directions to be taken with them upon leaving the group.

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