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University of North Carolina

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (https://sph.unc.edu/envr/). The successful candidate will perform research on membrane technologies for water purification, with an emphasis on the removal of drinking water contaminants of current interest, including various classes of organic contaminants and metals. The successful candidate will contribute to a multi-disciplinary team that is undertaking investigations on a variety of aspects of water contaminants, including occurrence, remediation, human exposure and health effects. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with engineers, chemists and material scientists from industry and academia. Specific activities by the postdoctoral researcher will include –but not be limited to- the development, testing and characterization of reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes for the removal of target contaminants. In addition to research activities, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, proposal writing, and other activities as part of her/his postdoctoral training.

Required qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, environmental, science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, or a closely related field, with a focus on membrane technologies. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise on reverse osmosis and/or nanofiltration membranes. Experience in the analysis of contaminants in water (e.g., emerging contaminants, metals, organics, etc.) will be seen favorably, but is not required. An established record of research productivity is also highly desired.

The position is anticipated to begin on August 1, 2018, for duration of one year, with possibility of extension to a second year, depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. Interested candidates should provide an application package containing: (i) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) list of references (at least 2); and (4) two representative research products (preferably research papers). Interested applicants should apply directly at the following link http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/143710. Applicants are also encouraged to send their application package and submit any inquiries directly to Dr. Orlando Coronell (coronell@unc.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Date posted: July 3, 2018


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.

Qualifications:
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 (dhyeh@usf.edu). 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

Qualifications

  • 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 wwoodford@formenergy.com

    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.

    Responsibilities:

  • 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

    Qualification:

  • 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 Info@NLChem.com

    Date posted: January 29, 2018




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