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Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
Lawrence, Kansas
minimum $55,000 annually + benefits, or more, commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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

Job Details

Postdocs will work predominantly in the ADM Lawrence Lab located at the KU Innovation Park.  Projects are designed to afford close interaction of the postdocs with ADM research scientists/engineers between the ADM Lawrence Lab and the corporate research center in Decatur, IL. 

Applications for postdoctoral scientists will be reviewed for consideration for a one-year appointment.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment. After 6 months, extension of the contract for an additional year will be considered based upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The specific nature of the planned research projects is proprietary but may involve one or more of the five topical areas listed below.  Ideal candidates will have in-depth expertise in one or more of these said areas and will be able to effectively collaborate with team members working in the other adjacent focal 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.

A complete application consists of the online application, cover letter, resume, & 3 professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. Application Review will begin 11/03/2023 and continue until filled.

At the University of Kansas, CEBC and ADM, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are aspects of our culture and strategies. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, noting the value that differences bring to our organization. We strive to protect the planet, promote prosperity, and enrich scholarship through diversity.

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: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, 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).


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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