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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemical Engineer or Chemist (Multiples) (Non Benefited)
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia
Date Posted 01/12/2022
Postdoctoral-Life Sciences
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemical Engineer or Chemist (Multiples) (Non Benefited)

Position Description:

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in methods development and a familiarity with reactor systems, catalysis and product characterization, inline instrumentation, and heterogenous catalysis preparation. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in gas phase reactor systems, chemical engineering backgrounds, and techniques for catalyst characterization. In this position, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with a vast network of scientists and engineers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Experience in catalytic mechanisms and commercial processes
  • Expertise in modern analytical techniques including XPS, XRD, SEM-EDAX, TEM, FTIR, GC, HPLC, ICP, BET, TGA
  • Ability to mentor junior team members and ensure the highest levels of laboratory safety
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Highly organized
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and short turnaround times

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the use of chemical kinetics to design and optimize a reaction process in flow from batch
  • Ability to prototype reactors and construct new processes
  • Leverage the principles of green chemistry to drive the improvement of catalysts in terms of cost, lifetime, recyclability, and metal leaching reduction
  • Familiarity with the principles of green chemistry metrics and how they apply to synthetic processes – Experience in Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Capable of writing and editing manuscripts, grant proposals, and patents – Project management experience
  • Project management experience

Salary Range: $53,500

Position Details:

Department: Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Employment Type: Postdoc
Restricted Status: Yes, grant funded
FTE: 100%
Exemption Status: Exempt

Special Instructions: Candidates for consideration must upload a cover letter of interest, CV, and list of three professional references to include emails and phone numbers n a single PDF file. Applications must be completely filled out and will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require the successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Additional Information: As a condition of employment, VCU requires all of its employees to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus (including a booster shot). You must report your vaccination status within 3 days of hire at If you plan to submit a request for an exemption for a religious or medical reason, you will be able to submit an exemption request which will be reviewed and assessed confidentially. If you are granted an exemption, you will be required to undergo Covid-19 surveillance testing as directed by the university. If your request for an exemption is denied, you have three days to receive the first (or only) dose of the vaccination and update your vaccination survey response

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