The University of Kansas Institute for Sustainable Engineering is seeking a well-qualified postdoctoral researcher to support an industry sponsored proprietary research project focused in the areas of phase-equilibrium thermodynamic and transport property measurements. The successful candidate will possess excellent experimental and analytical skills as well as strong oral and written communication abilities and be able to work in a hands-on, collaborative, and energetic environment.
This is a one-year limited term position.
60% Research - Design and execution of experiments
20% Reporting - Write reports and papers
- Analyze proprietary systems using various measurement techniques including but not limited: to gravimetric microbalances, volumetric view cells, high-pressure vapor-liquid equilibrium apparatus, high-pressure density and viscosity, thermal conductivity, gas chromatography analysis, Karl-Fischer analysis, etc.
- Design and construct new laboratory equipment
- Data modeling and simulation
15% Collaboration - Assist other laboratory members with experiments
- Writes technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals.
- Present oral and written technical results to industry partners to convey scientific progress
- Prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication
- Assist in writing grant proposals to achieve funding goals for future research
5% Laboratory protocol - Routine lab management
- Assist the principal investigator to provide experimental and technical supervision of one or more students
- Train new students and research personnel on experimental methods
- Mentor undergraduate and graduate students conducting research projects
- Develop standard operating procedures and safety protocols for laboratory
- Ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, records, and document management
Required QualificationsPhD in chemical engineering, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, or related fieldsDemonstrated experience in moderate and high-pressure (to ~200 bar) experimentsDemonstrated experience with sampling and GC analysisDemonstrated experience in heat transfer engineering and/or polymer thermodynamics
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application will include the online application with a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) references.
Application review begins on January 18, 2022 and will be ongoing until a qualified application pool has been identified.
Application Review Begins
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Conditions of Employment
Contingent on Funding, Limited Term
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