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

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Full Graduate Research Assistantship as Applicable
Mar 01, 2019
Mar 30, 2019
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Funded Graduate Opportunities

There are several openings for graduate students wishing to pursue a Graduate degree in the research areas listed below:

  • Bioplastics and Biobased Polymers
  • Biocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer Blends
  • Biobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends
  • 3D Printing of Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Rubber and Elastomer-based Blends and their Biocomposites
  • Green Composites including recyclability, durability and biodegradability studies
  • Biomass and Biomaterials Sustainability
  • Biomedical Applications for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Value-added Biobased Materials from Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel Industries
  • Biodegradability (Soil and Marine) and Compostability

Research component of the graduate school requirements 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 further diversification of our Institution.


  1. For entry in the PhD program in Biological Engineering (School of Engineering), candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Engineering (Thesis-based)
  2. 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 English Language Proficiency Requirements. ( *Language Proficiency Department Requirements for the School of Engineering.( 


Research Area: Bio-based Polymeric Materials and Engineering

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

The Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Applied Science & Master of Engineering in Biological Engineering is a full-time program based on coursework at the School of Engineering and research intense program conducted at the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), University of Guelph.

Location: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Entry Terms: Fall, Winter or Summer Semester

Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of complete pre-application package)

Degree Requirements: Masters degree requires Bachelors degree in Science or Engineering

PhD requires thesis-based Master’s degree in Engineering


How to Apply

Applications to the BDDC selection committee (only short-listed candidates will be contacted)

Your pre-application package must contain the following documents and labelled accordingly:

1. Cover letter outlining qualifications for the position applied and earliest date of availability, if selected;

(File Name: Last Name_Cover Letter_Date)

2. Two-page summary outlining your interest and motivation to work at the BDDC;

(File Name: Last Name_Summary_Date)

3. A reverse chronologically complete CV (Curriculum Vitae) which includes (File Name: Last Name_CV_Date):

  1. Education and Work Experience – Start with high school (including start and end date - month and year)
  2. Thesis title of your Master’s degree (if applicable)
  3. Name of advisor(s) for your Master’s degree (if applicable)
  4. Percent average or GPA (if including GPA please provide what it is out of i.e. 4.36/5.0)
  5. Timeline and summary of gaps 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 of Exam.
  8. List of your publications and a list of presentations, and
  9. Contact information for three references.;

4. Your scientific publications in pdf format. (if applicable)

(File Name: Last Name_Publication#_Date) Publication Number should correspond to number listed in your CV

Please send your pre-application package with the above documents to with the subject heading “Graduate Studies in Biological Engineering”


Frequently Asked Questions

To serve you better, the Office of Graduate Studies has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ( section to assist you with the admissions process.


English Language Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see chart in link for acceptable tests and required scores. (


Supplementary Information

For applicants submitting IELTS tests, please note that the School of Engineering requires an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0. (