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Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
 
 
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Date Posted 01/09/2022
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Position Overview

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.


Job Description

60% Research - Design and execution of experiments

  • 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
20% Reporting - Write reports and papers
  • 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
15% Collaboration - Assist other laboratory members with experiments
  • 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
5% Laboratory protocol - Routine lab management
  • 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 Qualifications

  • PhD in chemical engineering, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience in moderate and high-pressure (to ~200 bar) experiments
  • Demonstrated experience with sampling and GC analysis
  • Demonstrated 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

    18-Jan-2022


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff


    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


    Disclaimer

    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: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, 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).


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