Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Chemical & Petroleum Engr

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department is seeking a well-qualified postdoctoral researcher to support an industry sponsored proprietary research project focused in the areas of phase-equilibrium thermodynamic and transport property measurements.  The successful candidate will possess excellent experimental and analytical skills as well as strong oral and written communication abilities and be able to work in a hands-on, collaborative, and energetic environment.

Job Description

60% Research - Design and execution of experiments

  • Analyze proprietary systems using various measurement techniques including but not limited: to gravimetric microbalances, volumetric view cells, high-pressure vapor-liquid equilibrium apparatus, high-pressure density and viscosity, thermal conductivity, gas chromatography analysis, Karl-Fischer analysis, etc.
  • Design and construct new laboratory equipment
  • Data modeling and simulation

20% Reporting - Write reports and papers

  • Writes technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals
  • Present oral and written technical results to industry partners to convey scientific progress
  • Prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
  • 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 students
  • Train new students and research personnel on experimental methods
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students conducting research projects

5% Laboratory protocol - Routine lab management

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

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in chemical engineering, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in moderate and high-pressure (to ~200 bar) experiments
  • Demonstrated experience with sampling and GC analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in heat transfer engineering and/or polymer thermodynamics a plus
  • 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.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    RaeShelle Largo,

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application consists of the online application, cover letter, resume, & 3 professional references.  Only complete applications will be considered.
    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, (iii) references.

    Application Review began on 08/01/2019 and will be ongoing until a pool of qualified applicants has been identified.

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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