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  • University of British Columbia, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Beijing OriginWater Technology Co., Reverse Osmosis Experts
  • Leprino Foods, Senior Principal Scientist/Engineer (Director level)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, PhD Position (Doktorarbeit)
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Gas Separations
    University of British Columbia
    Postdoctoral Fellow

    The Environmental System Engineering Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) at Vancouver is seeking an outstanding individual for the position of a postdoctoral fellow. The fellow will undertake research employing interdisciplinary approaches to develop efficient, robust membrane distillation processes for resource harvesting from contaminated water sources. The candidate is expected to have received a PhD in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or in a related discipline, preferably with a background in membrane fabrication and testing, surface chemistry, and transport modeling.

    The candidate should demonstrate a capacity for both independent and collaborative research. The candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong publication record. The initial appointment is 1 year with a possibility of an extension for another year subject to the availability of funds. The expected starting date is August 1st, 2017. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jongho Lee ( along with a CV and the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of three referees. Review of application will continue until the position is filled.

    UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Date posted: April 18, 2017

    Beijing OriginWater Technology Co.
    Reverse Osmosis Experts

    Beijing OriginWater Technology Co., Ltd. is a high-tech corporation dedicated to environmental protection. It was funded in 2001, and listed on the stock market in 2010. BOW's growth is driven by the innovation of technology, business pattern and management. Now BOW is the leading enterprise in Chinese environmental protection and the water industry in that it has the most complete industrial chain, membrane manufacturing equipment, big scale project construction and operation capacity. We sincerely want to work with reverse osmosis experts, especially those with membrane industrialization experiences.

    Contact: Ms. Ye Zhao
    Company website:
    Email address:
    Tel: 0086-10-60689207/ Mobile: 0086-159 1050 1400

    Date posted: March 14, 2017

    Leprino Foods
    Senior Principal Scientist/Engineer (Director level)

    Leprino Foods' history dates to over 65 years ago, when the Leprino family first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in Denver. We've grown a bit since then. Today, we are the largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose in the world, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by the Leprino family, we've set our sights to become the "World's Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company." To help us achieve that ambitious vision, we're looking for our secret ingredient: motivated individuals who are the absolute best at what they do. From three people in a small cheese shop in the early 1950s, we have grown to over 4,300 employees throughout our 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

    For our Denver headquarters, we are seeking a Senior Principal Scientist/Engineer (Director level) on our Research & Innovation team to help take the team to even larger levels! This is a very senior core leader position within Leprino and right individual will be a key thought leader for all Advanced Research & Strategic Research functions for the cheese & nutrition business.

    We Ask of You:

  • In this individual contributor Director level position, you will report to the VP of Research while championing new and disruptive innovations within the dairy nutrition and cheese space.
  • Maintain a long-range vision on what emerging technologies will be needed to support our businesses of the future while actively partnering with external resources and suppliers to realize those opportunities.
  • Transform science and research concepts and emerging technologies into commercializable products, processes, and methodologies.
  • Support the Production Division in troubleshooting plant quality deficiencies, work with technical resources (Technical Services team, Quality Assurance, R&D, etc.) and plant management to identify root cause and eliminate recurring quality problems.
  • Be the leading subject matter expert within Leprino on dairy powder process, research, and innovation.
  • We Offer You In Return:

  • A competitive total compensation package including annual performance bonus eligibility and relocation (if applicable)!
  • 401(k) along with enrollment in an annual Profit Sharing plan opportunity and an executive long-term incentive compensation plan - we hire to retire!
  • Eligible for tuition reimbursement, award recognition, merit, and competitive health/dental/vision benefits.
  • Corporate office in the LoHi neighborhood just minutes from downtown Denver, including an on-site fast casual restaurant, constant pizza tastings, and a robust gym!
  • A chance to reside in sunny Denver, Colorado: 300 days of sunshine (average winter temperature is 47 degrees), the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and all its outdoor wonders, and home to eight professional sports teams including our very own former Super Bowl champs the Denver Broncos!
  • You Have (Non-Negotiable Minimum Requirements):

  • Fifteen (15) years of industry experience, ten (10) of which are in a very similar function.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a Food Technology, Dairy or Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, or any other applicable discipline.
  • Extensive experience as a scientist or engineer within the dairy powder/nutrition world.
  • Subject matter expert in membrane filtration technologies
  • Demonstrated previous experience in new innovation research (and not just application).
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • We Hope you Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master's or Doctorate Degree in a Food Technology, Dairy or Food Science, Engineering, or any other applicable discipline.
  • Fifteen (20) years of industry experience, fifteen (15) of which are in an engineering or scientific position within the dairy nutrition space - specifically whey technology and processing.
  • Extensive experience in evaporation, spray drying, ion exchange, and chromatography within the dairy nutrition space.
  • Learn more about Leprino and our beautiful town:

    Date posted: March 1, 2017

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    PhD Position (Doktorarbeit)

    This PhD project builds on extensive previous research and expertise from within a multidisciplinary research team that spans several continents. We are seeking to address the enormous challenge of there being over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone that have neither access to clean drinking water nor electricity, which dramatically limits both health and possibilities for human development. We are seeking to design, research, and develop photovoltaic-powered membrane filtration systems that are i) small-scale, ii) robust, iii) reliable, and iv) decentralised, which can ultimately be deployed in the remote areas of developing countries. There are many aspects of this project that require in-depth R & D, including:.
  • What are the simplest control strategies to ensure that maximum water quality and quantity are achieved?
  • How can fluctuations in the availability of solar power be taken advantage of to reduce membrane fouling?
  • What are the long-term effects of operating the system from a fluctuating and intermittent energy resource?
  • The PhD project will be largely experimental and will begin with an identification of a set of research questions based on detailed literature survey. Subsequently, development of a research plan and timetable for the 3 year research project, and set-up of required equipment and development of relevant analytical methods will follow. Execution of the research plan through conducting of experiments, sample and data analysis and write up of results for scientific publication are part of the PhD process - a journey to become an independent researcher!
    Throughout the project, there will be multiple opportunities for cooperation with internal and external partners, supervising bachelor and master students, giving oral presentations at conferences, writing high-impact journal articles, as well as sharing your knowledge via teaching.

    You will most likely already hold a Masters in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in research. Experience with membrane filtration systems (of any scale) is a definite advantage, as well as being comfortable in specifying system components.
    Excellent English language proficiency is essential, German language skills are strongly desired.

    KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe. This project bridges Membrane Technology group at the Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG) and the Nanophotonics for Energy group within the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI). The PhD will be registered in the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer
    , Membrane Technology Department, Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26906, Email:
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bryce S. Richards, Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26562, Email:

    Please send applications with CV, publication list and your contribution to the publication (if relevant), academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a preliminary research proposal..

    Date posted: November 9, 2016

    University of Illinois, Chicago
    Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Gas Separations

    A postdoctoral research fellow position is immediately available in the area of gas separation membranes at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois in Chicago. The successful applicant will fabricate and characterize inorganic membranes for CO2 separation applications using various analytical techniques, in particular, single- and mixed gas permeation system, gas chromatography, and scanning electron microscopy. The ideal candidate for the position also should be familiar with fabrications and transport-properties characterizations of inorganic membranes for gas separation. The selected candidate will be expected to work independently on defined research projects as well as in multidisciplinary research teams whose members are from other universities, national laboratories, and private industries.
    Interested candidates should submit a CV, publication list, names and addresses of three references to Prof. Sangil Kim .


  • Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or related field with emphasis in Membrane Science and Technology
  • Experience with membrane characterization for gas/vapor separation applications, including permeability and selectivity studies, inorganic materials characterizations, and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM)
  • Experience with ceramic membrane fabrication
  • Demonstrated ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze transport experiments and ceramic membrane fabrication processes.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

    Date posted: November 9, 2016

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