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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Chemical & Environmental Engr (2803)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform research under the direction of Professor Shane Snyder. This position will be located at the Water Energy & Sustainability Technology (WEST ) Center and the selected candidate will conduct novel research associated with projects sponsored by WEST industrial members and/or externally funded research grants.

The WEST Center is a world renowned venue focused on water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with the Pima County, “Agua Nueva” water reclamation facility. WEST is also adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands, all of which is part of a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future.

Numerous industrial technology partners joined WEST as members. Due to demands from the WEST membership companies, the successful applicant is expected to have comprehensive understanding of potable water reuse and proficient skills to operate and maintain the various physico-chemical processes located at WEST center, covering from physical separation to chemical oxidation. In addition, operation and maintenance of water quality monitoring sensors are also expected for the ideal candidate. The Research Associate will be expected to author manuscripts and present data at national and international conferences. Previous history of published research and conference presentations would be advantageous. Possession of a valid driver’s license is advised as commuting to the WEST Center from the main University of Arizona campus will be necessary. This position also involves a significant component of laboratory management and interacting with stakeholders within and beyond the University of Arizona. It is also expected that the candidate will play a role in teaching portions of classes, preparing lectures for classes, and assisting in student mentoring.

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Oversee the development and operation of water treatment processes at WEST. The treatment processes include membrane separation such as ceramic microfiltration, polymeric nanofiltration and reverse osmosis; ozone oxidation; UV-advanced oxidation, activated carbon adsorption and ion-exchange resin processes.
  • Lead projects that are sponsored by WEST industrial members and/or externally funded grants.
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of on-line water quality measurement sensors.
    • Maintain a daily log on-site
    • Download and analyze on-line data
  • Tasks as directed by PI or senior scientist.
  • Conduct independent research on various aspects of environmental engineering and chemistry.
  • Assist in managing research team of graduate students and chemists.
  • Assist in coordinating the scientific publication output of the research team.
  • Represent the research team in various scientific conference and technical forums.
  • Assist in teaching courses and preparing lectures as directed.
  • Interacting with stakeholders within and beyond the University of Arizona.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Scientific rigor, ability to be proactive.
  • Pragmatism in the method and practical mind in the execution.
  • Good communication and teamwork skills.
  • Must be self-motivated and work independently to complete work assignments.
  • Fundamental computer skills (MS Office, Excel, Word, Power Point).
  • Physical: Ability to travel. Ability to remain in a stationary work-area for extended periods of time. Ability to climb uneven terrain. Ability to lift small loads.
  • Sensory: Must be detail-oriented and able to communicate effectively to give direction and converse with others.
  • Must be able to read complex operations and financial reports. Write detailed reports and prepare and deliver presentations. Analyze complex operational and technical challenges and resolve same. Ability to interpret and explain complex regulatory requirements.
  • Other: Have a thorough knowledge of management policies and administrative procedures of the licensee.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or related field.
  • Experience in advanced water treatment processes, including oxidation, membrane separation, or physical adsorption.
  • Must meet UA driver eligibility requirements under the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in the analysis of trace organic chemicals in complex water matrices.
  • Basic water quality analysis experience desirable.
  • Experience with establishment and implementation QA/QC procedures.
  • Experience in MATLAB and statistical software platforms.
  • Exemplary ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Exceptional organizational and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize efficiently.
  • Previous history of published research and conference presentations would be advantageous.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $47,659 Annually + (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20468
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 12/04/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Prof. Shane Snyder

Open Date 11/02/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 11/15/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide contact information for three professional references. Contact information should include name, affiliation, phone number and email.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Doctoral degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents