Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Chemical & Petroleum Engr

Position Overview

The Center for Environmental Beneficial Catalysis and the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department at the University of Kansas is seeking a well-qualified post-doctoral research associate to conduct gas solubility measurements in microporous solids, characterize porous materials, operate a bench-scale pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) system and synthesize new zeolite materials.  Measurements include the operation of high pressure vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) equipment, a PSA system, GC-MS and process MS for screening microporous materials and surface characterization equipment (BET, PV, XRD, XRF).
The work is part of a joint research program between the University of Kansas and an industry partner.  The duties are as follows:

  • Setup and operate a range of analytical instruments including Hiden Gravimetric microbalance, bench scale PSA, GC, MS, HPLC, IC, NMR, etc.
  • Synthesis of new zeolite materials
  • Assist in writing grant proposals to achieve funding goals for future research
  • Train new graduate students and research personnel on experimental methods
  • Develop standard operating procedures and safety protocols for laboratory
  • Mentor and train undergraduate students conducting research projects.
  • Be able to work in a hands-on, collaborative, energetic environment

  • Job Description

    60% Research - Design and execution of experiments
    These duties include carrying out original research relative to the laboratory mission. Perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the department.

    20% Reporting - Write reports and papers
    Writes technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals.  Additional responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of preparation of grants/contracts and proposals for federal, state and charitable organizations and industrial clients.

    15% Collaboration - Assist other laboratory members with experiments
    Assist the principal investigator to provide experimental and technical supervision of one or more technician, graduate student and/or post-doctoral researchers and/or fellows.

    5% Laboratory protocol - Routine lab management
    Ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, records and document management as well as experimental protocols and data, and coordination of good lab practices and lab safety.

    Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience with gas separations using zeolite materials, design and operation of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) equipment and modeling PSA systems
  • Strong research history in a field or fields related to aforementioned research areas
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, as evident on application material
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a research team, as evident on application material
  • 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 interim basis.

    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 and solid acid catalysis.
  • Supervisory experience

  • 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 will begin 05/06/2019. Deadline to apply has been extended to June 14, 2019.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Starting at $53,000

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Monday - Friday; 8 hrs/day

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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