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POOL - Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
 
 
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Date Posted 01/27/2021
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Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

18465BR

Ctr Enviro Benefical Catalysis


Position Overview

The KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral research appointments for anticipated sponsored projects in collaboration with ADM.  Postdocs will work predominantly in the ADM Lawrence Lab, adjacent to the CEBC headquarters. Projects are designed for postdocs to work closely with ADM research scientists and engineers at both the ADM Lawrence Lab and the corporate research center in Decatur, IL. 

Applications for postdoctoral researchers will be reviewed for consideration for a one-year research position (with possible extension based on performance and availability of funding).  The specific nature of the planned research projects is proprietary, but 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, and complex reaction kinetics;
  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and/or bio-catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  • Advanced spectroscopic measurements and surface science, including development of in situ or operando experiments;
  • Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials;
  • Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;
  • Design and evaluation of chemical processes, including plant-scale simulations (Aspen/HYSYS), and environmental sustainability assessments (LCA);
  • Ideal candidates will have in-depth expertise in one or more of these areas, and will be able to effectively collaborate with team members working in the other topical areas. Limited travel to ADM in Decatur IL may be required, subject to applicable COVID-19 travel guidelines.


    Job Description

    90% - Conduct laboratory research spanning from initial proof-of-concept through the optimized bench scale catalytic process, adequate for performing detailed environmental impact and economic evaluations

    5% - Participate in CEBC’s Lab Safety program and other professional development and educational outreach activities

    5% - Prepare reports of the results for the project sponsor, publications, and assist in securing intellectual property rights on inventions


    Position Requirements

    • This position is required to work on-site.
    • Limited travel to ADM in Decatur IL may be required, subject to applicable COVID-19 travel guidelines.

    Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or closely related discipline
  • Strong research history in a field or fields related to project sponsor’s needs
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and interview process.
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to work as a member of a research team.
  • 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 catalysis, or chemistry of biomass or agricultural products
  • Experience in mentoring other researchers (typically at the undergraduate or master’s level)

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    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.

    Application review is to begin February 5, 2021 . Applicants will be placed into a pool and hires made as needed.


    Advertised Salary Range

    $50,000 commensurate with skills and experience


    Application Review Begins

    04-Feb-2021


    Anticipated Start Date

    15-Feb-2021


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff


    Work Schedule

    8-5 M-F; 40 hrs/wk


    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


    Work Location Assignment

    On-Site


    Disclaimer

    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).


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