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  • AECOM, Research and Development Engineer 4
University of South Florida

Post Doctoral Researcher (Bioregenerative closed-loop water purification for space)

Job Description:
The Membrane Biotechnology Lab (Civil & Environmental Engineering) at the University of South Florida is seeking one highly-motivated postdoc to work on a new project on wastewater recycling and resource recovery sponsored by NASA. The candidate will assist in the development of bioregenerative closed-loop water purification technologies that can form the basis of a new approach on sustainable life support for extended space missions and surface habitats. In particular, as a first step, a zero-gravity anaerobic membrane bioreactor (ZG-AnMBR) will be developed. The position is available immediately.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The post-doctoral researchers will work with Dr. Daniel Yeh and team members on the design, fabrication and testing of a lab-scale ZG-AnMBR. Scope will also include mass/energy balance and process modeling. It is anticipated that the position will be filled by an appropriate candidate with experience with membrane technology, biological processes (especially anaerobic), and/or membrane bioreactors. Experience with system controls/automation, sensors integration and DAQ is desirable.

The postdocs will also have the opportunity to be engaged with other ongoing wastewater resource recovery projects, including algae membrane bioreactors and AnMBR for global sanitation.

Applicant must have a can-do attitude to get hands dirty, a spirit of innovation and sense of adventure, demonstrated resourcefulness, and willingness to pursue high risk/high reward research that is unconventional with elements of uncertainty. The successful candidate must be willing to work as a leader and team player in a complex project with multiple partners, tight deadlines and frequent 24/7 workflow. In addition, applicants should: 1) have completed by the start date all requirements for a Ph.D. degree in either Environmental Engineering or chemical engineering (or a related discipline); 2) demonstrate ability to design, fabricate, operate, sample and analyze data from reactors; 3) have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel to NASA facilities; 4) have ability to serve as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in and out of the lab; 5) have a sound publication record; 6) be willing to assist the PI with proposal writing, publishing and teaching. Most importantly, due to the source of funding and since portions of the work will be conducted in NASA facilities, the candidate must be able to obtain the necessary security clearance.

About USF:
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. According to NSF, USF ranks 25th in total research expenditures among public U.S. universities. USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and has ranked in the Top 15 worldwide among all universities for U.S. patents granted for the past five years. Serving more than 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletics Conference (AAC). The University of South Florida’s Tampa campus is located in the vibrant Tampa Bay region known for a variety of cultural and recreational activities that provide an outstanding quality of life.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is based on qualifications. The initial appointment is for one year but may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. Health insurance benefits will be offered through the USF Post-Doctoral Scholar Health Insurance Program.

How to Apply:
Applicants must provide a cover letter describing how their interest and skills match with the above description, CV, statement of career intent, and names and contact information for 3 professional references. Application materials may be submitted to Dr. Daniel Yeh ( Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled with an excellent candidate.

Date posted: April 20, 2018

Form Energy
Senior Membrane Scientist

Target Start Date: As Soon As Possible

About us
Form Energy (formerly Baseload Renewables) is developing a new class of energy storage systems to make renewable energy the cheapest, easiest way to power the world year round. We are looking for world-class engineers and scientists to join our technical team and help develop the core technologies into a world changing product.

Role Description
We are seeking to hire a materials expert to lead membrane development for our energy storage system. A successful candidate will have broad experience in both organic and inorganic (and/or composite) materials development. The main day to day activities will include: driving internal proof of concept experiments and interfacing with external, joint development partners.

What You'll Do

  • Develop and lead membrane workstream
  • Conduct internal proof-of-principle experiments, including hands-on wet chemistry to fabricate and evaluate separation performance of materials
  • Develop internal experimental protocols and metrics for benchmarking materials
  • Project manage and contribute technically to external partnerships and joint development projects

What We're Looking For


  • PhD Materials Science or related field; MS with industry experience considered
  • Demonstrated familiarity with membrane fabrication and characterization
  • Experience with government funded projects a plus
  • Characteristics

    • Comfortable to manage and lead external and/or joint development activities
      • Excellent organizational and communication skills a must
    • Flexible working style: Hands-on work to develop benchmarking tests and hands-off to develop figures of merit for external projects
    • Able to work well in cross-disciplinary project teams and deliver results
    • Enjoy the fast paced, results driven environment of a startup

    For more information, please contact William Woodford at

    Date posted: February 13, 2018

    NL Chemical Technology
    Senior Membrane Research Scientist
    Location: Mount Prospect, IL

    NL Chemical Technology (NLCT), founded in 1995 by Dr. Norman N. Li, is a leading membrane technology research and development company. For 20+ years, we have been developing scientific and engineering innovations in the polymer membrane area and commercializing our R&D results. The advanced membrane and process technologies developed are for water treatment and desalination. Building on core areas of expertise in polymer chemistry and process engineering, NLCT has developed a broad portfolio of advanced thin-film composite reverse osmosis (TFC RO) and nanofiltration (NF) membrane manufacturing technologies. We have 2 immediate openings for a polymer chemist and a chemical engineer, who are highly innovative and motivated to join our multi-disciplinary research team.

    It is desirable the candidates have experience with thin-film-composite membrane and membrane separation process and have 5+ years industrial experience.


  • Design new or modify existing polymeric membranes
  • Develop coating and surface modification of polymer membranes
  • Plan and conduct laboratory chemical formulation research and process development studies
  • Scale up study of pilot plant operations to commercial production
  • Participate in the start-up of commercial production line at customer site

    R&D Skills:

  • Understanding of polymer structure and function relationships
  • Good understanding and knowledge of polymer chemistry and surface chemistry.
  • Good knowledge of membrane separations, process engineering, water treatment, instrumental analysis and mechanical engineering is desirable
  • Knowledge and experience on statistical design of experiments and Six Sigma is desirable
  • Knowledge and experience with project management is a plus


  • PhD /MS in chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, material science, environmental engineering, or industrial engineering.
  • Experience in polymer synthesis and modification of physical/mechanical properties of polymers including morphology and rheology or process scale-up and development is desirable.

    Salary Compensation: $80-120K

    Please send your resume to

    Date posted: January 29, 2018

    Research and Development Engineer 4
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA

    Position Description:

    • This position requires a Degree in Engineering or equivalent and at least 3 years of experience in the fabrication of gas separation membranes and the characterization and testing of the resultant membranes for carbon dioxide capture. Experience in spinning hollow fiber membranes is highly desirable.
    • The candidate will provide R & D support to NETL-AECOM Carbon Capture staff.
    • The R & D support shall focus on developing and fabricating highly effective novel membranes and modifying their properties to optimize the performance in carbon capture applications. This development includes the material synthesis, characterization and evaluation of CO2 absorption performance for membrane optimization.
    • The candidate will have extensive work history in designing and conducting experiments in new membrane fabrication, characterization and development.
    • A monthly update will be required, briefly describing the accomplishments from that month and the next month's forecast. The applicant will include the relevant status of patents, publications or presentations. A quarterly update will be required briefly describing that quarter's accomplishments.
    • The candidate will participate in weekly group meetings which are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow Carbon Capture researchers. Approximately every six months, the manager will request that the applicant lead a PowerPoint presentation at these meetings.
    • This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
    • Minimum Requirements
      Bachelors degree in Engineering, or related scientific field and at least 8 years of job-related experience or a Masters degree and 3 years of experience or a Ph. D. or equivalent. A Professional Engineer's license may substitute for 2 years of experience. Excellent communication and analytical skills; working knowledge of computer systems and integrated software application programs. Position may require travel. Position may require the ability to pass and maintain a Security Clearance.

      Preferred Qualifications

      What We Offer
      AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

      AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here to view the EEO Is The Law poster.

      Job Category Engineering

      Country United States of America

      Requisition/Vacancy No.171073BR

      Hiring Manager Kevin Resnik

      Recruiter Amanda Ball

      To apply go to and click on “Careers”

      Date posted: October 25, 2017

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