Pennsylvania State University Postdoctoral Scholar - Energy and Mineral Engineering in University Park, Pennsylvania
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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, at The Pennsylvania State University, is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar. The final candidate will work in the area of plastic waste upcycling under the guidance of Assistant Professor Hilal Ezgi Toraman.
Conducting full-time independent research
Synthesis, characterization and performance testing of heterogeneous catalysts in batch and flow reactor systems for several projects
Writing technical publications and reports
Guiding graduate and undergraduate students in their research by reviewing and providing constructive feedback on lab member’s papers, oral presentations, and related work
Assisting in overall organization and management of the lab
Qualifications and Requirements:
Proof of having completed all degree requirements for a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry or related discipline by the time of hire.
Strong background in heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and characterization, kinetic experiments, gas chromatography
Experience in the design and operation of batch and flow reactors
Troubleshooting skills for maintaining lab scale reactors and gas chromatography
Experience in microwave assisted pyrolysis is a plus
Experience in multivariate data analysis and kinetic modeling is a plus
Experience in two dimensional gas chromatography and pyrolysis is a plus
Demonstrate success in carrying out independent research and dissemination of results
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent written/oral communication skills needed for active student mentoring and interaction with collaborators at Penn State and other universities
Dedication in ensuring a respectful, equitable and inclusive work environment
Experience in writing grant proposals preferred
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position and career goals, a CV including publication list, and names & contact information of up to three references. Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment, funded for one year from the date of hire, with possibility of renewal
The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.
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