Postdoctoral Researcher

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Lawrence, Kansas
$55,000 annually
Jan 26, 2021
Feb 25, 2021
Field of specialization
Catalysts, Engineering, Environmental, Green Chemistry
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Applications for postdoctoral scientists will be reviewed for consideration for a one-year research position (with possible extension based on performance and availability of funding). 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. A complete application consists of the online application, cover letter, resume, & 3 professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. Application Review will begin 02/05/2021. For a full description and to apply, go to (

Job Description

The specific nature of the planned research projects is proprietary, but may involve one or more of the following topical areas:

  1. Reaction engineering, including detailed modeling and experimental characterization of novel reactor designs, multi-phase catalytic systems, and complex reaction kinetics;
  2. Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and/or bio-catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  3. Advanced spectroscopic measurements and surface science, including development of in situ or operando experiments;
  4. Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials;
  5. Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;
  6. 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.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or closely related discipline
  2. Strong research history in a field or fields related to project sponsor’s needs
  3. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  4. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a research team

Prefered Qualifications

  1. Substantial experience working as a member of a research team, particularly in projects related to catalysis, or chemistry of biomass or agricultural products
  2.  Experience in mentoring other researchers (typically at the undergraduate or masters level)

University of Kansas is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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.