Funded Graduate Student Positions Available in School of Engineering under the Supervision of Professor Amar Mohanty and Professor Manjusri Misra


Funded Graduate Opportunities - PhD/M.A.Sc./MEng in Biological Engineering*

This graduate opportunity is for graduate students pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering for the following research areas:

  • Bioplastics and Biobased Polymers
  • Biocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer Blends
  • Green Composites including Recyclability, Durability and Biodegradability Studies
  • Biobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends
  • 3D Printing of Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Biomass and Biomaterials Sustainability
  • Biomedical Applications for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Value-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel Industries
  • Biodegradability (Compostability)

For entry into the Ph.D. Biological Engineering program, candidates must hold a thesis-based Master’s degree in engineering.

For entry in the M.A.Sc./MEng programs, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science.

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the chart for acceptable tests and required scores. Please refer to the School of Engineering website for department requirements.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.

A preliminary selection will be made based on the interviews to qualify the prospective candidate to apply for graduate studies at the University of Guelph. Selection does guarantee acceptance for graduate studies.

How to Apply

Application to the BDDC Selection Committee

Please send your application package to
Your application package must contain the below mentioned documents and labelled accordingly:

  1. COVER LETTER(File Name: Last Name_Cover Letter_Date)
    1. Outline qualifications for the specific position applied (i.e. Ph.D. Student)
    2. Indicate the earliest date of availability, if selected
  2. TWO-PAGE SUMMARY(File  Name: Last Name_Summary_Date)
    1. Outline your interest and motivation to work in the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC). 
    2. Include how your educational and work background will help you to succeed on the topics researched at BDDC (information can be found on the website ). 
    3. How do you plan to learn about the aspects of the BDDC research you don't know.
  3. CV (CURRICULUM VITAE) [Organized Reverse Chronologically – Most Recent to Oldest] (File Name: Last Name_CV_Date):
    1. Education & Work Experience - Include high school information (Include: start and end date - MONTH and YEAR)
    2. Thesis title of your degree(s) (if applicable)
    3. Name of adviser for your degree(s) (if applicable)
    4. Percent average or GPA (if including GPA please provide what it is out of i.e. 4.36/5.0)
    5. Summary of time off taken between degrees starting from high school
    6. List of courses during your education most relevant to this position and grades obtained for each course
    7. English Language Proficiency results and sub-category breakdown (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) Include date or expected date of Exam (Exams must have been taken within the last 2 years)
    8. List of your publications organized by degree 
      1. If you are NOT the First Author indicate your contributions
      2. If you have any submitted manuscripts, please include your email confirmation from the journal) 
    9. List of your conference presentations
    10. Contact information for three references
  4. YOUR SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION(S) (File Name: Last Name_Publication#_Date) 
    1. *Please provide each publication as a separate file in PDF format
    2. Publication Number(s) should correspond with the list number in your CV

The research component of the graduate student position will be conducted within the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), University of Guelph. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with senior scientists from different areas (materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer chemistry, packaging, and plant agriculture) and will have the chance to work collaboratively with industrial partners.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to the further diversification of our Institution.

If you have any questions, please contact

Supervised by:
Professor Amar Mohanty

Professor Manjusri Misra

We thank all applicants who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.