Postdoctoral Researcher - 24600BR

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chemical & Petroleum Engr
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department is seeking a well-qualified post-doctoral research associate to support a NSF funded research project focused on the development of new approaches to cost-effectively separate azeotropic refrigerant mixtures using ionic liquids. The project has a strong chemical engineering aspect and is suitable for candidates with a background and interest in thermodynamics, heat, and mass transfer, and ASPEN modeling. A successful candidate will be able to work in a hands-on, collaborative, energetic environment.

Job Description

60% Research
  • Operate a pilot-scale extractive distillation column;
  • Measure thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of varying gas/ ionic liquid mixtures;
  • Model experimental data using ASPEN Plus;
  • Use of analytical techniques including but not limited: Gas-Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS).

20% Reporting
  • Communicate scientific results effectively, both written and orally.
  • Author peer-reviewed publications.
  • Assist in writing grant proposals to achieve funding goals for future research.
15% Collaboration
  • Assist other laboratory members with experiments
  • Assist the principal investigator to provide experimental and technical supervision of one or more technicians, graduate students and/or post-doctoral researchers and/or fellows.

5% Laboratory protocol
  • Develop standard operating procedures and safety protocols for laboratory
  • Ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, records, and document management

Position Requirements

  • This position is required to work on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in chemical engineering, or related fields.
  2. Experience with measuring thermodynamic properties of high-pressure gases.
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. Experience in operating pilot-scale equipment;
  2. Experience modeling large data sets using software, such as ASPEN Plus;
  3. Experience in managing undergraduate students;
  4. Excellent command of the English language, both orally and written.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ana Colaco Morais,

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Work Schedule

40hr/wk, M-F

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Chemical & Petroleum Engr
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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