Postdoctoral Researcher for KU Ctr for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

Employer
Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
Location
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Salary
$54,000 annually + benefits, or more, commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 6, 2022

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Field of specialization
Catalysts, Engineering, Environmental, Green Chemistry, Polymers, Theoretical
Work Function
Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time
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Job Details

This Fellowship is structured to include both research and teaching in a balanced way. It is also expected that the Fellow will be committed to increasing diversity in academia in the chemical sciences.

For this position, potential research topics include the following:

  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, or enzymatic 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 experience in one or more of these areas, and will be able to effectively collaborate with team members working in the other topical areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct research in one of the topical areas mentioned above (40%)
  2. Under CEBC faculty mentorship, develop and teach or co-teach course(s) at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels (35%)
  3. Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations as warranted by the chosen research project.  Provide mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students, and other postdoctoral researchers as needed. (10%)
  4. Participate in CEBC’s Lab Safety program; diversity equity and inclusion initiatives; professional development; and educational outreach activities (10%)
  5. Publish and report the results of CEBC research in peer-reviewed journals and at professional meetings, protecting any intellectual property stemming from research (5%)

Company

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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