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Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
Lawrence, Kansas
$50,000-$55,000 annually, +benefits
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021

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Field of specialization
Catalysts, Engineering, Environmental, Green Chemistry
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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Job Details

The University of Kansas Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers 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. 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. Physical organic chemistry, including detailed mechanistic studies, complex and model system kinetics, reactive intermediate synthesis and characterization.
  2. Catalytic method development involving development and discovery of novel chemistries.
  3. Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and/or bio-catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  4. Advanced spectroscopic measurements and, if applicable, surface science, including development of in situ or operando experiments;
  5. Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials.
  • 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. 

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, 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)
  3. Novel research proposal development, presentation and execution, including evaluating and summarizing the state-of-the-art in a particular area.

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.


The Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) is a Designated Center by the University of Kansas Center for Research (KUCR). As part of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers Program, CEBC’s mission is to develop environmentally friendly chemical processes for industrial use. The person recruited for this position will work with participating CEBC faculty members at KU, the University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, and Prairie View A&M University to plan and implement education, outreach, and diversity enhancement activities. The ideal candidate for this position will be a self-starter, able to initiate new projects with little or no supervision.
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