Opportunities

This project is funded by a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through the Plastics science for a cleaner future initiative.  

The Microplastics Fingerprinting project is looking to hire a number of masters students and a postdoctoral fellow to join the research team. Positions are headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. If you are interested in working with us, but do not see a position that fits your skillset, please feel free to reach out to Anita Ghosh to discuss potential opportunities.

Positions available

We invite applications for one PDF to participate in a collaborative research project to advance the detection, quantification, characterization and modeling of microplastics at the watershed scale. The research project will combine field sampling, (geo)chemical and spectroscopic methods, economic analyses and fate and transport modeling.

PDF will focus on cost-benefit analyses of microplastics pollution to support decision making for economically efficient microplastics risk mitigation strategies. The PDF student will delineate various options related to the waste hierarchy (prevent, reduce, reuse, recycle, dispose) in the context of a circular economy to eliminate plastic waste and promote resource recovery. (Dr. Roy Brouwer).

The PDF student will work closely together within a highly interdisciplinary team of researchers from University of Waterloo. The university-based research team will regularly interact with scientists at stakeholder organizations, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Region of Waterloo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City of Brantford, Hoola One Technologies, EPCOR Water Canada, and Environmental Defence.

Applicants must have (or expect to soon complete) a degree relevant to the position applied for. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills and demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: aquatic biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, reactive transport modeling, environmental risk assessment, environmental economics and climate change impact analysis.

Please submit your application package electronically as a single pdf file to Anita Ghosh (a9ghosh@uwaterloo.ca). In your email, include “Microplastics_yourname” in the subject line. Your applications should contain:

  • Your motivation for applying to the position
  • Which position you would like to be considered for
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted at the application stage)

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The positions will remain open until filled.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of  the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River.

The University of Waterloo regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Metis and Inuit), Black and members of racialized groups, individuals in the LGBTQ2+ communities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, eligibility, or a request for accommodation during the selection process, please contact Anita Ghosh.

If you are interested in learning about further opportunities for students, please contact Anita Ghosh.