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Current Openings:

Postdoctoral Associate(s) in Virology & Wastewater-based Epidemiology

The Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering and the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics are seeking to fill postdoc vacancies for a multiyear NIH-funded project to create an Atlas of viruses for the U.S. and to create an early warning system for viral health threats using wastewater as a diagnostic matrix. We will leverage high-throughput sequencing (HTS) of RNA/DNA extracted from wastewater (both amplicon-based and viral metagenomics-based) and compare the findings with influenza clinical samples collected by a Health Services facility. Work will include extraction of nucleic acids from samples of the urban water cycle, RNA/DNA sequence analysis, and laboratory work on clinical samples. The project will create new knowledge on infectious agents by leveraging the potentially transformative tools of wastewater-based epidemiology(WBE), urban metabolism metrology(UMM) and the Human Health Observatory(HHO). More information can be found in a recent article published in Nature Medicine.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in genomics, molecular biology, environmental virology or epidemiology/engineering. Experience with handling of infectious materials, RNA/DNA extraction, qPCR, reverse transcriptase PCR and metagenomic sequence analysis is essential. Additional skills and experience in wastewater-based epidemiology, mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry could be useful.

Responsibilities. Processing of wastewater samples, including filtration, viral enrichment, reverse transcription, and sequencing library preparation and analysis. Processing of clinical samples (nasopharyngeal swabs) from university health clinic, RNA extraction, RT-PCR of influenza gene segments, gel electrophoresis, and PCR cleanup. Bioinformatic analysis including de novoassembly of paired-end reads, genome annotation, curation of viral genomes, gene clustering, viral taxonomy classification/assignment, sequence identity and phylogenetic analysis. Assisting in the mentoring of a group of undergraduate and graduate students. Preparation of first-author, peer-reviewed publications and presentation of results at international conferences. 

The position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a single PDF package, containing a cover letter, CV, summary of past work, and the names and email addresses of three references who have served as the candidates PhD advisor and/or supervisor, to Dr. Matthew Scotch ( Please state “Postdoctoral Research Associate” in the subject line of your email. Initial review of applicants will begin July 21st, 2019 and will continue until one or two positions have been filled. Applications will be reviewed by the multi-PI team, Drs. Arvind Varsani, Rolf Halden and Matthew Scotch.

The Biodesign Institute addresses today's critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability, and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and it welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Tempe, Arizona and is one of the largest universities in the United States. 

Research Assistant (hourly)

We are looking for someone who is knowledgeable in one or more of the fields of chemistry, materials science, toxicology, industrial health.  The candidate needs fluency with using excel spreadsheets for research purposes, and also with basic statistical analysis techniques.  The candidate should have good written and verbal communication skills.  Teamwork skills are also important, since some of the research projects are likely to be done working with other external staff and/or partner organizations. 

Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative is a not-for-profit, independent, standards-developing organization that has the mission to transform products used in the built environment to reduce the use of chemicals of concern and encourage the use of safer chemicals. The primary activity of the HPDC is the development and adoption of the HPD Open Standard, a specification for reporting the chemical contents of products and associated health information.  The HPD Open Standard was introduced in 2012, and has become established as the de facto industry standard for reporting this information in the building industry.  Over 500 manufacturers are currently participating in the reporting of product information, which has resulted in the publishing of almost 5,000 “HPD Reports” in the HPD Public Repository.  These reports comprise the largest public database linking products with chemical information.  The HPDC member organization includes over 250 organizations involved in all aspects of the building industry:  architects, designers, building developers/owners, manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, information technology providers.

Contact: Rolf Halden;; Office Hours: Wed 10AM – 12PM, Biodesign B240C

Graduate Research Opportunities

Our laboratory group is accepting new M.S. and doctoral students in the following degree programs:

Funding mechanisms exist to support postdoctoral researchers who are citizens (or permanent residents) of the U.S. or the EU.

Candidates with documented experience in chemistry and applied microbiology are encouraged to apply. To be considered, interested candidates should send a pdf of your CV, a brief statement of interest, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Driver;

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Center for Environmental Health Engineering welcomes undergraduate students and Barrett, The Honors College students to work in our lab under the direction of a mentor from our faculty members, postdocs or graduate students.  This internship program gives undergraduates the exciting opportunity to perform hands-on and cutting edge research in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, proteomics, environmental engineering, public health, GIS, and bioinformatics.  We do not require previous experience in a research lab, but you should have taken one or more biology/biochemistry or organic chemistry lab courses. Expect to spend at least 10-15 hours per week on your internship, preferably in several contiguous blocks of 3-4 hours.  Upon completion of one successful semester, students are eligible to earn credit when continuing their internship.

To apply: Please submit your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief statement of interest to Devin Bowes;