Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis is seeking a well-qualified post-doctoral researcher to support an industry sponsored proprietary research project focused in the area of polymerization, kinetics, reaction engineering and separations. The successful candidate will possess excellent experimental and analytical skills, have strong oral and written communication abilities and be able to work in a hands-on, collaborative, energetic environment.

Job Description

60% Research - Design and execution of experiments

  • Analyze proprietary samples using analytical techniques including but not limited: to GC-FID and -MS, liquid chromatography, NMR, SEM, TEM, optical microscopy, and dynamic light scattering
  • Design and construct new laboratory polymerization reactor with a specific focus on translation to reactor design and development of pilot and commercial scale reactors
  • Set up and operate high and low-pressure reaction systems

20% Reporting - Write reports and Oral Presentations

  • Writes technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals
  • Present oral and written technical results to industry partners to convey scientific progress
  • 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 graduate students
  • Train new graduate students and research personnel on experimental methods
  • Mentor and train undergraduate students conducting research projects
  • Manage adjacent seed projects with undergraduate researchers in the fields of reaction engineering, thermodynamics, and separations

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

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or 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 polymerization, kinetics, reaction engineering and separations

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Nancy Crisp, 

    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 7/11/2019 and will be ongoing until a pool of qualified applicants  have been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Starting at $60,000.00

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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, 8am - 5pm

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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