POOL - Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: about 7 hours ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Ctr Enviro Benefical Catalysis

Position Overview

Applications for postdoctoral researchers 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:

  • Reaction engineering, including detailed modeling and experimental characterization of novel reactor designs, multi-phase catalytic systems, electrocatalytic systems, and complex reaction kinetics;
  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous and/or heterogeneous catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  • Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;
  • Molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials;
  • Design and evaluation of chemical processes, including plant-scale simulations (Aspen/HYSYS), and environmental sustainability assessments (LCA);
  • Advanced operando spectroscopic measurements and surface science;
  • Analytical chemistry, especially as it relates to biomass-derived feedstocks and recycled polymers.

  • 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

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or closely related discipline;
  • Strong research history in a field or fields related to aforementioned research areas;
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced through application materials;
  • Demonstrated work history as a member of a research team as evidenced through application materials.
  • 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

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

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Nancy Crisp

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    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 June 15, 2021. Applicants will be placed into a pool and hires made as needed.  Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

    Advertised Salary Range

    $50,000-$55,000; commensurate with skills and experience

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
    Hours may vary

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

    Work Location Assignment



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