A new MS/PHD position has opened in  biochar and nano-bubble technology for environmental and agricultural applications.

Bioenergy and Environment Research Group in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA has immediate opening for graduate student (M.S./Ph.D.) starting Fall 2022. The selected candidate will conduct research on the use of biochar and nano-bubble technology in aquaculture and aquaponics. The candidate should have prior research experience in biological wastewater treatment, mass transfer, water chemistry, nitrogen transformations, and techno-economic analysis. The research project will develop a state-of-the-art aquaponics/aquaculture prototype integrating biochar with nano-bubble technology and conduct the overall cost/benefit analysis of the proposed prototype. We prefer candidates with strong environmental engineering background, analytical/lab skill, capability of designing (hands-on) and operating an scalable system with nano-bubble technology. B.S./M.S. in environmental engineering or a closely related engineering field is required. The candidate must have superior academic and excellent research temperament. The position requires excellent written and oral English skill including ability to prepare refereed journal articles/progress report. The Graduate Research Assistantship is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. The M.S./Ph.D. candidate will also receive full tuition waiver along with fund for attending/presenting at national/international conference. For consideration, please e-mail CV (with GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) and GPA), short write-up on research experience, names of two referees and publications if any in a single PDF file to Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal at khanal@hawaii.edu. For any question regarding this opening, please contact Dr. Surendra KC at surendra@hawaii.edu

Want to join our lab group?

We are always looking for excellent graduate students. We provide them with every opportunity to become the very best. If you are highly motivated, enthusiastic, academically brilliant, and have superior research temperament, you are most welcome to be a part of our research group. For such students, we provide full financial support in terms of research assistantship.


Our expectations from you:

  • You have satisfactory TOEFL and GRE scores meeting the departmental and the university admission requirements. (Click here for detailed information).

  • Your research background/field somehow falls within our research interests.

  • You have a strong research temperament, judged by your curiosity, creativity, reasoning for every observations and capability of laying down good hypotheses.

  • You have eagerness to learn more and you are a critical thinker.

  • You have a good english communication skill (you can effectively communicate with us, your classmates and industrial clients) and a good written english (you can write peer review journal papers on your own).


What we can offer:

  • A positive environment to achieve your academic goal.

  • A world-class mentoring to become the best.

  • Total freedom to think on your own and encouragement to participate in all discussion.

  • Financial support for major national and/or international conference to present your research paper.

  • Assist in finding suitable job that fits your career goal.

  • A long-term friendship and guardianship.


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