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Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemical Separations of Critical and Strategic Elements
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Illinois
 
 
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Date Posted 10/21/2021
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

General:

The Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (PSU) and the Department of Chemistry of Howard University, is seeking to fill an opening for a post-doctoral scholar in chemical separations of critical and strategic minerals.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across three disciplines, engineering, materials science, and chemistry to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical and strategic minerals, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware industry. The candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the advanced instrumentation available at the Materials Research Institute (https://www.mri.psu.edu/ ) and other facilities across campus.

Position Description:

The position will assist in identifying new pathways in chemical separations with applications focusing on critical and strategic elements. Developing sustainable recovery of critical materials by revitalizing existing extraction, separation, and recovery practices, introducing innovative new technologies and modernize them with contemporary approaches in process optimization is essential to greener practices. The position seeks to elucidate basic scientific understanding of the structural form of adsorbents, the chelation chemistry of critical and strategic elements with ligand-functionalized adsorbents, and thermodynamic and kinetic data of these elements’ complexation with the adsorbents.

The position requires a strong surface complexation chemistry background, good understanding of and experience with inductive coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) instrumentation. Familiarity with electrochemistry and redox reactions of critical and strategic elements is also desirable. This position will also involve coordination of efforts between researchers at two universities, preparation of reports and proposals, and travel to conferences or professional meetings to present research results. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts, and contribute to tangential research efforts.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

The preferred candidate should have:

  • Demonstrated experience with ICP-MS
  • Experience with surface functionalization techniques
  • The ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions
  • Expertise in solid-phase extraction or ion exchange and associated characterization techniques, including ICP-MS, Karl Fischer titration and potentiometric titration
  • Knowledge in theory of solid-liquid phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena (adsorption) or electrochemistry
  • Experience in structural characterization of liquids and solids, including e.g. FTIR, ssNMR, AFM, TEM
  • Familiarity with molecular simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics
  • Excellent analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with proposal writing, technical writing, and presentations

Two or more scientific journal publications demonstrating applications of the above experience and skills is a plus.

Requirements

A Ph.D. in environmental engineering, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field is required by the start date of employment.

Appointment and Application

The initial term of the appointment is one year from the date of hire, with funding available for 6 additional months contingent on successful performance, and possibility of renewal beyond that pending available funding and satisfactory performance.

For full consideration, applicants must upload the following materials with their application: 1) a cover letter (one page or less) summarizing their qualifications and research interests, 2) a complete academic CV, and 3) the names and contact information for at least 3 references.  

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Research will be conducted at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute facilities in University Park, PA.

Questions about this opportunity may be emailed to Dr. Thanasis Karamalidis at akk5742@psu.edu .

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/classroom.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Affirmative Action

Penn State Policies

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University Park, PA

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

General:

The Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering of The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (PSU) and the Department of Chemistry of Howard University, is seeking to fill an opening for a post-doctoral scholar in chemical separations of critical and strategic minerals.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across three disciplines, engineering, materials science, and chemistry to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical and strategic minerals, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware industry. The candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the advanced instrumentation available at the Materials Research Institute (https://www.mri.psu.edu/ ) and other facilities across campus.

Position Description:

The position will assist in identifying new pathways in chemical separations with applications focusing on critical and strategic elements. Developing sustainable recovery of critical materials by revitalizing existing extraction, separation, and recovery practices, introducing innovative new technologies and modernize them with contemporary approaches in process optimization is essential to greener practices. The position seeks to elucidate basic scientific understanding of the structural form of adsorbents, the chelation chemistry of critical and strategic elements with ligand-functionalized adsorbents, and thermodynamic and kinetic data of these elements’ complexation with the adsorbents.

The position requires a strong surface complexation chemistry background, good understanding of and experience with inductive coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) instrumentation. Familiarity with electrochemistry and redox reactions of critical and strategic elements is also desirable. This position will also involve coordination of efforts between researchers at two universities, preparation of reports and proposals, and travel to conferences or professional meetings to present research results. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts, and contribute to tangential research efforts.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

The preferred candidate should have:

  • Demonstrated experience with ICP-MS
  • Experience with surface functionalization techniques
  • The ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions
  • Expertise in solid-phase extraction or ion exchange and associated characterization techniques, including ICP-MS, Karl Fischer titration and potentiometric titration
  • Knowledge in theory of solid-liquid phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena (adsorption) or electrochemistry
  • Experience in structural characterization of liquids and solids, including e.g. FTIR, ssNMR, AFM, TEM
  • Familiarity with molecular simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics
  • Excellent analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with proposal writing, technical writing, and presentations

Two or more scientific journal publications demonstrating applications of the above experience and skills is a plus.

Requirements

A Ph.D. in environmental engineering, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field is required by the start date of employment.

Appointment and Application

The initial term of the appointment is one year from the date of hire, with funding available for 6 additional months contingent on successful performance, and possibility of renewal beyond that pending available funding and satisfactory performance.

For full consideration, applicants must upload the following materials with their application: 1) a cover letter (one page or less) summarizing their qualifications and research interests, 2) a complete academic CV, and 3) the names and contact information for at least 3 references.  

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Research will be conducted at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute facilities in University Park, PA.

Questions about this opportunity may be emailed to Dr. Thanasis Karamalidis at akk5742@psu.edu .

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/classroom.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Affirmative Action

Penn State Policies

Copyright Information

Hotlines

University Park, PA

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