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M.S./Ph.D. Position - Fall 2024

The Bioenergy and Environment Research Group ( in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is currently seeking a highly motivated and qualified MS/Ph.D. candidate to join our dynamic research team, with a planned start date in Fall 2024.


Research Focus:

The selected candidate will be engaged in cutting-edge research on aquaculture and aquaponics. Prior research experience in the related field is a prerequisite for this position. The research project involves the operation of both lab-scale and pilot-scale aquaculture and aquaponics systems.



Bachelor’s or master’s degree in biotechnology, marine biology, environmental engineering or a closely related engineering field is required. We prefer candidates with strong biotechnology and environmental engineering background, analytical/lab skill, and capability of designing (hands-on) and operating a scalable system. The candidate must have an exceptional academic record and strong research aptitude. The position requires excellent written and oral English communication skills, including ability to prepare refereed journal articles and progress reports.

Assistantship and Benefits:

The Graduate Research Assistantship is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, the MS/Ph.D. candidate will receive a full tuition waiver and financial support for attending and presenting research findings at national and international conferences.

Application Process:

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please submit the following documents compiled into a PDF file to Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal ( and Dr. Surendra KC (

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including GRE and TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  • A brief write-up detailing your research experience.

  • Names and contact information for two referees who can provide letters of recommendation.

  • Any publications or research-related documents.

For inquiries or further information regarding this position, please feel free to contact Dr. Surendra KC at

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