Postdoctoral Researcher

at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job Description


Job Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher


Ctr Enviro Benefical Catalysis

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

70% – Conduct research spanning from initial proof-of-concept through the optimized bench scale catalytic process, adequate for performing detailed environmental impact and economic evaluations.

20% – Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, communicating frequently with research groups and researchers in private industry. Provide mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students, and other postdoctoral researchers as needed.

5% – Publish and report the results of CEBC research at professional meetings and assist CEBC and KU in securing intellectual property rights on inventions.

5% – Participate in professional development and educational outreach programs of CEBC; e.g., safety, recruiting, procurement, diversity, and service activities, seminars, committees, etc.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



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Work Schedule:

8am-5pm Monday- Friday (40 hours/week)

FLSA Status:


Conditions of Employment:

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants:

Nancy Crisp,

Required Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related discipline earned within the past five years.

2. Strong research history in a field or fields related to research areas listed.

3. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

4. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a research team.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree of the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:

$55,000 commensurate with skills and experience



Preferred Qualifications:

1. Substantial experience working as a member of a research team, particularly in projects related to biomass conversions (chemo-catalytic), catalytic oxidations, hydroformylation, hydrogenolysis, ozonolysis, electrocatalytic reduction, and solid acid catalysis.

2. Experience in mentoring other researchers (typically at the undergraduate or masters level).

3. Novel research proposal development, presentation and execution, including evaluating and summarizing the state-of-the-art in a particular area.

Position Overview:

The KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) has a postdoctoral researcher opening to work on federally funded and/or industry-sponsored research projects.

Applications for a postdoctoral scientist will be reviewed for consideration for a one-year research position (with possible extension based on performance and availability of funding). The research projects may involve one or more of the following topical areas:

1. Design, synthesis, and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;

2. Reaction engineering, including detailed modeling and experimental characterization of novel reactor designs, multi-phase catalytic systems, electrocatalytic systems, and complex reaction kinetics;

3. Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;

4. Advanced spectroscopic measurements and. if applicable, surface science, including development of in situ or operando experiments.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on February 23, 2024 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified.

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Position Requirements:

Work location statements – This position is required to work on-site.

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Job Posting: JC255238976

Posted On: Feb 14, 2024

Updated On: Mar 09, 2024

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