The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University is seeking an independent, motivated postdoctoral fellow (PDF) having research expertise in polyhydroxylalkanoate (PHA) production from waste biomass. The PDF should also have experience in bioreactor engineering, optimization of bioprocesses, and PHA characterization and extraction for catalyzing commercialization of biodegradable plastics.

The selected PDF will jointly work at Carleton University and the Center for Environmental and Climate Technology, KENTECH, South Korea.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in bioreactor engineering for considering scale-up tests in the near future
  • PHA characterization including physical, chemical and mechanical properties of polymers
  • PHA extraction for optimization of economical, green, and sustainable methods in large scale
  • Ability to troubleshoot and optimize experimental protocols and analytical methods
  • Strong writing skills


The postdoctoral fellow will be offered a salary of $38,000 per annum, with the additional ability to opt into an extended health and dental benefit plan. The postdoc will be considered unionized and will be a member of PSAC Local 77000. Information on this bargaining unit can be found here:

Accommodations and Accessibility

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About Carleton University

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a
national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research
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Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of
excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute
to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible
minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of
any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career
paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and
their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required,
and arrangements will be made in a timely manner. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter describing your previous research experience and your interest in the project, along with a CV with names and contact information of references to Dr. Abid Hussain (