Postdoctoral Research Associate - Civil Engineering
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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Civil Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grant funding
Applications Open: Sep 02 2021
Applications Close: Open until filled
General Summary of Position:
The successful applicant will conduct analytical and experimental research in
the areas of Material Science with an emphasis on Development of Materials for
Capture/harvesting, Release and Purification of Atmospheric Moisture to
produce Drinking Water. Assist in submitting reports, scholarly articles, and
proposals. Teach classes as assigned.
The initial appointment will be for approximately 1 year with a possibility of
renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.
Conduct analytical and experimental research under the supervision of the
Principal Investigator (PI). This specifically involves:
Acquire or synthesize multifunctional materials & design effective
crosslinking methods for synthesis materials for collection of atmospheric
Synthesize metal organic frameworks for collection of atmospheric water
Develop appropriate engineering systems to support the multifunctional
materials for atmospheric water harvesting
Evaluate the material properties and performance of the developed
materials and metal organic frameworks
Ensuring all project-related activities are conducted on time and to the
Prepare status reports and deliverables in collaboration with and under
the direction of the PI
Serve as a liaison between PI and collaborating research partners
Ensuring all deliverables are delivered on time and to the highest
Assist supervisor in writing scholarly articles and proposals for grant
The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and assist in the
formulation and writing of externally funded research proposals. This
effort will include finding appropriate opportunities, finding
collaborative partners, generating preliminary data, and proposal writing.
The successful candidate will be expected to publish at least two
articles per year in peer-reviewed scientific journals based on the
research conducted. Papers and presentations in scientific conferences
will also be required. Development of patentable technologies over the
course of the project will also be expected
Attend Meetings related to the research projects:
Conduct weekly group meeting between PI, Post-Docs and students
Supervision of Undergraduate and Graduate Students:
Meet weekly with each student to review their research project, progress,
papers and to develop path forward
Promote the University's commitment to customer service by :
Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University.
Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities and roles.
Other Job Duties:
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
PhD in Materials Science/Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Plastics
Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry,
Physics, or related field
Minimum five years of experience (including MS and PhD. research
experience) in research related to material science
Ability to work as a team player
Strong technical report writing and communication skills
Experience in the development and synthesis of materials and metal organic
frameworks as relevant to atmospheric water harvesting
Knowledge of thermodynamics as relevant to atmospheric water harvesting
Familiarity with analytical methods for the characterization of
synthesized materials, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning
electron microscope, molecular dynamic simulations, or other relevant
Publications in the field of material science or related fields
Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a
Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE)
bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the
posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of
qualified applications is received.
This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for
approximately 1 year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and
performance and the availability of funding.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and
contact information of three references will be required during the