SDSMT USA PhD Openings in Chemical/Biological Engineering | SDSMT Recruits @ helpBIOTECH

BuGReMeDEE consortium seeks highly motivated and talented graduate students interested in elucidating molecular mechanisms in methanotrophs and genome editing approaches to address the issues of climate change and energy crisis.

The BuGReMeDEE consortium at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has few PhD positions open. Candidates with interest and experience in microbiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and bioinformatics are preferred. Few positions are also open for students with Chemical Engineering/Material Science/ Electrochemistry background. GRE and TOEFL score are mandate.

The project will focus on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of methanotrophs in methane cycling in deep biosphere and develop technologies for production of biopolymers, bioelectricity, and value-added products. Students working in biopolymers will work on developing biomedical applications including biosensors, tissue engineering, and targeted/controlled drug delivery systems. The candidates will gain a wide exposure to work in both basic and applied areas in biotechnology. The candidate must have a strong desire and motivation to conduct innovative research, and organize work.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. 

Our group is a multidisciplinary working on diverse areas such as Extremophilic Bioprocessing, Biocatalysis, Biomaterials, Gas to liquid fuels, Genome editing of bacteria, Homo/heterologous expression of genes, Metabolic engineering, Space biology, and Bioelectrochemical systems.  The consortium includes 3 universities, 17 investigators, and more than 20 industries. There will be ample scope for the candidate to interact with leading academics and work with the industrial partners. The candidate will have access to work with cutting edge research facilities in microscopy, analytical instrumentation, and molecular biology. The candidate will receive training in a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment in the areas of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a technological research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. 

Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of $62,400. 

Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: Energy and Environment; Materials and Manufacturing; STEM Education; and Underground Science. The School of Mines enrolls more than 2,600 students from 43 states and 37 countries. Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 69,854 and metropolitan population of 138,738) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few.

Interested candidates may please send their CV (including the GRE and TOEFL scores) to

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