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: Andrea.Iris.Schaefer@kit.edu
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bryce S. Richards, Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26562, Email: Bryce.Richards@kit.edu
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 .
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES 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
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member
The Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (BBTD) of the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of membrane science and technology. The research will focus on the fabrication of responsive carbon nanotube (CNT)-based nanostructured membranes, scale-up, and characterization of their transport properties for protective/breathable clothing and gas/vapor separation applications. The ideal candidate is familiar with analytical techniques such as gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, and in setting-up and operating gas permeation systems. The selected candidate will work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team of scientists and will report to the Biosecurity and Bionanosciences Group Leader.
Interested candidates should submit a CV, publication list, names and addresses of three references to Dr. Francesco Fornasiero (email@example.com).
For examples of LLNL recent research activities in this area, see the following publication:Bui N., Meshot E. R., Kim S., Peña J., Gibson P.W., Wu K. J., and Fornasiero F. "Ultra-breathable and protective membranes with sub-5 nm CNT pores," Adv. Mater, (2016) in print
NOTE: This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of employment offer.
ESSENTIAL DUTIESConduct research in the field of nanoscale materials synthesis, nanocomposite and porous membrane fabrication and characterization.
Independently plan, design, execute and analyze experiments for the characterization of gas and liquid transport properties of nanostructured membranes.
Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Report and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel and participate in collaborative efforts with other national laboratories and industry.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related field with emphasis in Membrane Science and Technology
Experience with membrane characterization for breathability and gas/vapor separation applications, including permeability and selectivity studies, pore size distribution determination, and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM)
Experience with nanocomposite membrane fabrication and surface modification/ functionalization, as well as assembly on porous supports/backing layers
Experience with phase-inversion or related techniques for porous support fabrication
Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze transport experiments and nanocomposite fabrication processes.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.
DESIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES Experience with carbon-nanotube/polymer composite membrane fabrication.
Experience with vapor-phase polymer deposition techniques
Experience in synthetic chemistry and/or surface modification
Experience with fabrics design for protective clothing
Experience with experimental equipment design/development
Date posted: July 25, 2016