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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Posting Number req10959
Department Chemical & Environmental Engr
Department Website Link https://chee.engineering.arizona.edu/
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights The Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department (ChEE) is seeking motivated applications to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate I position to join the Karanikola (KORES) and Savagatrup (SRL) groups. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent on research productivity. Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of emerging contaminants that accumulate in soil, surface water, and groundwater. The goal of this project is to create a cost-effective technology to remediate and detect different types of PFAS in water. Specifically, the selected candidate will design and implement experimental setups to engineer materials for (1) regenerative sorbents and (2) rapid sensing platforms. These materials will be characterized by state-of-the-art techniques—e.g., LC-MS/MS, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and various electrochemical methods. This position will also offer opportunities to (1) disseminate research results in high-impact journals and at national conferences, (2) mentor undergraduate and graduate students, (3) prepare monthly reports.

Successful applicant will be co-advised by Profs. Vicky Karanikola and Suchol Savagatrup. KORES and SRL are highly collaborative, multidisciplinary groups focused on understanding molecular interactions of emerging contaminants for environmental monitoring and remediation.

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
  • The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to take a leading role in designing experiments, conducting research, and interpreting data in the development of novel materials for remediation and detection of PFAS in water.
  • Conduct measurement of sample composition on LC-MS/MS.
  • Fabricate and characterize materials using QCM-D, AFM, XPS, and electrochemical methods.
  • Author monthly reports and prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences.
  • Actively participate in the dissemination of research findings through weekly meetings with the PIs and other group members.
  • Collaborate, oversee, and mentor graduate and undergraduate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or materials science (or related field).
  • The selected candidate must have a conferred PhD upon hire.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in fabrication of polymer thin films
  • Experience in surface functionalization and characterization
  • Proven Track Record of first three author publications
  • Prior experience in conducting research with PFAS
  • Prior experience and training in the use of LC-MS/MS and other analytical methods specific to PFAS
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $53,760 (DOE)
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 8/1/2022
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Vicky Karanikola
Open Date 7/21/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
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. As an Hispanic-serving institution, 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 provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. 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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