POOL - Postdoctoral Researcher - 14441BR

POOL - Postdoctoral Researcher

Ctr Enviro Benefical Catalysis
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

Applications for postdoctoral scientists and research associates will be reviewed by individual CEBC faculty mentors and placed in a pool for consideration for a one to two year research position. The research projects may involve one or more of the following topical areas:
  1. Reaction engineering, including detailed modeling and experimental characterization of novel reactor designs, multi-phase catalytic systems, and complex reaction kinetics;
  2. Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous and/or heterogeneous catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  3. Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;
  4. Molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials;
  5. Design and evaluation of chemical processes, including plant-scale simulations (Aspen/HYSYS), and environmental sustainability assessments (LCA);
  6. Advanced spectroscopic measurements and surface science;
  7. Analytical chemistry, especially as it relates to biomass-derived feedstocks and reaction mixtures.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis.

Job Description

70% - Conduct research spanning from initial proof-of-concept through the optimized bench scale catalytic process, adequate for performing detailed environmental impact and economic evaluations.

20% - Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, communicating frequently with research groups and researchers in private industry. Provide mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students, and other postdoctoral researchers as needed.

5% - Publish and report the results of CEBC research at professional meetings and assist CEBC and KU in securing intellectual property rights on inventions.

5% - Participate in professional development and educational outreach programs of CEBC; e.g., safety recruiting, procurement, diversity, and service activities, seminars, committees, etc.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related discipline;

2. Strong research history in a field or fields related to aforementioned research areas;

3. Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced through application materials;

4. Demonstrated work history as a member of a research team as evidenced through application materials.

**The Research Associate position additionally requires a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral research or industry research experience in a related field.**

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Substantial experience working as a member of a research team, particularly in projects related to biomass conversions (chemo-catalytic), catalytic oxidations, hydroformylation, hydrogenolysis, ozonolysis and solid acid catalysis.
  2. Supervisory experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include the online application with a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) references.

Candidates will be evaluated on (i) the candidate’s research experience, as evidenced by a resume and cover letter; (ii) prior research publications and/or patent applications; and, (iii) references.

Application review is to begin May 13, 2019 and will be ongoing. Applicants will be placed into a pool and hires made as needed.

Contact Information to Applicants

Nancy Crisp

Advertised Salary Range

$47,476.00 commensurate with skills and experience.

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Ctr Enviro Benefical Catalysis
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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