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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Description: Novel Membrane Materials & Systems for Micropollutant Removal
The IFG-Membrane Technology Department was established in March 2014 and has access to state-of-the art research facilities within the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association. As a postdoc you will be responsible to establish a research group within one of the three main interest areas of the department (i) new membrane materials, (ii) membrane retention and fouling mechanisms, and (iii) membrane systems development - applied to water treatment.
This entails the planning and execution of research projects, set-up of required membrane filtration systems and development of relevant analytical methods. In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, data acquisition and analysis, publication in peer reviewed high impact journals as well as student supervision are part of the responsibilities. Contribution to teaching within the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering will be possible. Research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies. The position is not bound to a particular project and hence provides excellent possibilities for the career development of a researcher.

Qualifications: PhD in Chemical/Process/Environmental Engineering/Applied Science or equivalent
You have completed a PhD and demonstrated independent research skills through publication in peer reviewed international journals and have experience with the preparation of research funding proposals. Experience with water treatment processes, membrane technologies, polymer materials, analytical chemistry, micropollutant detection and environmental issues will be a good foundation to the position, although candidates with a stronger foundation in membrane material synthesis or micropollutant specific analytical chemistry skills lacking applications experience will equally be considered.

Affliation: KIT - Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) - Membrane Technology
c/o KIT Campus North
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Deadline: Applications will close 4 July 2014 (enquiries welcome until filled)
Duration: Initially one year with the possibility to extend
Salary: Remuneration shall be based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service Sector.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Iris Schäfer, Tel +49(0)721/608-26906, Professor of Water Process Engineering - Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Membrane Technology Department - Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)
Applications: Please send applications with CV, publication list, academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a detailed research plan for the position to the Human Resources department attention of Patrick Dolzinski with the position reference 298/2014.

Date posted: May 23, 2014

Oasys Water, Inc

Oasys is helping to solve the world's most pressing challenge: Water. With a vision to create an abundant supply of fresh water for the entire planet, we are developing innovative solutions for water treatment and desalination in industrial markets around the globe. Beginning with the first-in-the-world Membrane Brine Concentrator technology, Oasys is delivering solutions that will be instrumental in creating a sustainable and prosperous global future. Established in 2009, Oasys Water is headquartered in Boston's Industrial Innovation District, on the revitalized waters of Boston Harbor. For more, visit us at

Oasys Water is seeking an experienced Membrane Scientist to join our rapidly growing team in Boston, MA:

  • Polymer chemist to perform novel research tasks.
  • Improve and optimize engineered osmosis technology for desalination of impaired water supplies.

  • MS in polymer synthesis or organic chemistry.
  • Alternatively a BS in chemistry with an emphasis in polymer science or equivalent and two plus years experience with polymeric film casting or coating or polymer synthesis would be considered


  • Must be willing to travel <~20%.
  • Experience includes knowledge about thin film coating techniques and theory
  • Familiarity with film casting techniques and hands on experience performing film casting
  • Familiar with instruments and techniques used to measure surface properties including FESEM, ESEM, ATR-FTIR, and porosimitry
  • Wet chemistry laboratory experience a must
  • Understanding both theory and application of fundamental physical chemistry and physical chemistry of polymers Knowledge of polymer synthesis
  • Ability to work well with other laboratory personnel to meet aggressive project schedules
  • Must be disciplined and self-motivated to identify and learn new concepts or gain new skills as necessary to keep pace with evolving project demands
  • Mechanical aptitude required to maintain laboratory equipment (i.e., membrane casting and coating hardware and lab or pilot scale hydraulic systems)
  • Ability to collect accurate experimental data, critically evaluate data, and clearly communicate results

    If you are interested and your qualifications align with our requirements, please send your resume and cover letter to:

    Date posted: June 18, 2014

  • GE Power & Water

    Position: Third Shift Production Leader, Minnetonka, MN

    At GE Power & Water, named the Water Company of the Year by Global Water Intelligence, we manufacture water filtration and purification products and systems, with the goal of helping to solve complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Our Minnetonka site, at the intersection of 494 & 62, is a 420,000 square foot site with 24/7 operations and over 500 employees. We are currently making a multi-million dollar investment in the expansion of our membrane fabrication operations.

    Essential Responsibilities
    The 3rd shift Production Supervisor will be a key member of the Operations and Manufacturing Engineering teams. In addition to providing leadership to 3rd shift production, they will provide manufacturing and project engineering support to our current and new state-of-the-art membrane manufacturing operations.

  • Develop manufacturing plans consistent with the goals and objectives of the department annual plan
  • Arrange for and provide adequate staffing to meet the production schedules set by production planning, consistent with budget and current business levels
  • Lead the root cause analysis to identify root causes that limit production from achieving the goals and drive closure of action items that result
  • Support, encourage and facilitate Lean Manufacturing principles by providing adequate time for training and for project teams to accomplish continuous improvement projects
  • Maintain and further develop a Visual Workplace including support for a 5-S program, active project boards, performance measure charts, and training program status boards
  • Strive to keep all variances related to achieving business objectives, monitoring increases and decreases in production demand
  • Develop and support the growth of all employees
  • Identify, justify, document and implement process productivity projects which support the area's growth plan and yield significant reduction in defects and increased productivity
  • Support equipment upgrades from purchase through installation
  • Drive Process Improvement / Cycle Reduction initiatives and drive productivity improvements via process changes or improvements
  • Identify and reduce product quality issues caused by process variation
  • Ensure processes contribute to a safe work environment
  • Support all company workplace policies including attendance and safety objectives
  • Coordinate emergency response as necessary and lead investigation and closure of actions items from the event
  • Work with HR to develop a performance oriented work environment encompassing timely performance appraisals, 45 & 90 day reviews for new employees, timely disciplinary action when warranted, and compensation programs which encourage employees to excel
  • Implement skills based pay model and maintain the processes as changes are made in the future

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited university or college (or a High School Diploma / GED with a minimum of 4 years of experience in a chemical engineering position)
  • Minimum of 3 additional years of supervision or chemical engineering experience in a manufacturing environment

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Desired Characteristics
  • Web handling experience
  • Chemical coating experience
  • Process or production engineering experience in a chemical operation
  • Lean / Six Sigma training or equivalent quality training
  • Ability to plan, communicate and execute
  • Ability to deal fairly and equitably with all employees
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to lead projects utilizing project management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to train and develop employees

    For immediate consideration please submit an application via the GE Careers portal utilizing the link provided below.

    GE Careers portal

    Date posted: July 24, 2014

  • Midea

    Position: Leader in Filtering Materials for Air or Water

    Location: Canton, China

    Report to: Head of the R&D Center

    Work out plans about researching and developing technology of filtering materials according to the technology development tendency and products demands.
    Lead the research of filtering materials of air or water, and the technology of materials development and manufacturing. Improve the filtering effect, materials performance and product competitiveness.
    Apply the mature and applicable technologies developed by the team or outside to latest products.
    Cultivate and train the team.

    Education- Doctoral Degree in macromolecules, chemistry, non-woven materials, membrane-related materials or related field.
    At least 5-8 years experience in air filtering or water filtering, like filtering materials development, production, especially in the field of adsorption or membranes.
    Prefer candidates with good experience in famous company or research center.
    Rich experience in practicing of the working principles, performance features and manufacturing techniques, of filtering materials of air or water.
    Proficient in performance test and analysis of filtering materials.
    Fluent in English or Japanese.


    Date posted: July 24, 2014

    U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

    Position title: Post-doctoral researcher in gas separation membranes

    Position description:
    A post-doctoral researcher is sought with experience in gas separation membrane synthesis, fabrication, and characterization. The incumbent will be part of the Carbon Capture team at the National Energy Technology Lab's Office of Research and Development (NETL-ORD), a center of excellence in carbon capture and sequestration research. She/he will join a dynamic research group addressing all aspects of separation materials development including molecular modeling, synthesis and characterization of new materials, fabrication, performance testing, and systems analysis. Over the past several years we have had applied research projects in mixed matrix membranes, supported ionic liquid membranes, and ionic liquid based di-block co-polymer membranes. We are excited to bring in new talent to help us continue this work as well as several novel concept membranes that are to be initiated in the coming fiscal year.

    The incumbent will develop membranes for CO2 separation in both post-combustion and pre-combustion fossil fueled power generation applications. She/he will be responsible for suggesting materials, developing test plans for fabrication and characterization, casting films and hollow fibers, characterizing the gas transport and physical properties of the membrane materials, presenting results at scientific conferences, and preparing manuscripts for peer reviewed publication. Additionally, the post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute ideas for new, innovative materials as areas of future research.

    Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related field science and engineering field. Prior experience with gas separation membrane fabrication and characterization is required; experience with materials synthesis is helpful. A history of related peer reviewed publications is required. Experience with the design and testing of membrane gas permeance systems is preferred. Applicants should have experience running tests and analyzing results from other common characterization techniques, including microscopy, physical property measurements, and compositional analysis.

    Start date: As soon as possible. Must be able to start no later than January 5, 2015.

    Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Term of employment: Full time. Initial contract is for one year and is renewable for up to five years total.

    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive benefits package.

    Closing date: Open until filled.

    To apply: Email your CV and cover letter and any questions to Dr. David Hopkinson,

    Date posted: August 4, 2014

    Aramco Services Company

    Position: Membrane Team Leader (142480)

    Department: Research & Development / Boston Downstream RC

    Basic Function:
    Develop and direct research and development programs of advanced materials and nano-enabled technologies for membrane-based separations as applied to the downstream oil and gas industry. Apply rigorous scientific and engineering expertise in advanced materials and processing to lead an interdisciplinary team focused on solving complex technical separation challenges. Develop team strategy, communicate regular updates to upper management, expand collaborations with academic and industrial partners, and provide technical oversight to the advanced materials research team for all membrane-related projects and collaborations. Review, coordinate, and direct the work performed by others.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and direct applied research in the application and utilization of advanced materials, including nanomaterials, as well as inorganic, polymeric, and composite materials, to technical challenges in membrane-based gas separation technologies and processes
  • Specify, direct, and conduct research on materials synthesis and processing, as well as on characterization using spectroscopic, thermal, microscopic, and rheological methods
  • Write, review, and assess multi-year proposals to expand into new membrane research and technology areas
  • Build and expand partnerships with internal staff and external collaborators on new and existing programs
  • Communicate results to staff, management, and the scientific community
  • Protect intellectual property
  • Apply and reinforce all safety policies in the workplace
  • Carry out original investigative short-term applied industrial research studies to resolve urgent, complex and unique technical problems for which relevant published literature is lacking
  • Provide consulting interaction with other departments and with US Companies' representatives on matters relating to area of expertise
  • Conduct information seminars and technical presentations in areas of his principal contacts to report on studies or other areas relating to his/her expertise
  • Develop ideas for potential improvements in exploration, producing operations and processes
  • Detail course of study and research for justification to Manager
  • Direct, guide and counsel others assigned to assist this position
  • Train new specialists
  • Keep current on new developments in his/her area of expertise
  • Actively participate in work of technical societies (e.g., SPE, ASTM, ACS)
  • Maintain and update knowledge of applications of relevant new research instrumentation
  • Advise management on merits of advanced instruments for use in advanced investigative programs
  • Recommend management action to be taken as a result of his/her work for the purpose of solving or preventing operational problems
  • Perform other miscellaneous related duties as requested
  • Perform other miscellaneous related duties as requested

    Education and Experience:

  • M.S. Degree in a Science/Engineering Discipline; Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field preferred; in-depth knowledge of advanced materials and/or nanomaterials for advanced membranes required
  • Typically has sixteen (16) years of professional experience including at least five (5) years as a specialist with full responsibility for major technical work in area of specialization
  • Minimum fifteen years (15) of post-graduate industrial and/or academic experience in several relevant technical areas, including nanomaterial processing, functionalization, formulation, and characterization Experience with modification, functionalization and characterization of advanced materials, composites, fillers, polymers, dispersions and/or surfaces preferred
  • Highly interactive interpersonal skills for effective communication with project team members, direct reports, external collaborators, and the scientific community
  • Strong desire to expand and develop new and innovative applied research and development programs
  • Experience in supervising and directing the technical contributions of others, experience managing interdisciplinary teams of 10+ scientists and engineers required; management of global teams a strong plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences
  • Proven ability to create and successfully implement complex technical strategies involving internal resources and external collaborators
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined
  • Proficient technical writing skills
  • Incumbent will have achieved substantial industry recognition in his area of expertise
  • Incumbent will have published in significant technical journals and will have a history of active participation in technical society activities


    To apply, please click here.

    Date posted: August 18, 2014

  • Fresenius Medical Care - North America, Ogden Facility

    Position: R&D Fiber Development Scientist II

    This position reports to the Fiber Development Manager to conduct research and development activity in the field of medical products for use in dialysis or related process. No supervisory responsibility is required, but this position is expected to lead the development and provide guidance to the daily research activity.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research and development work on projects in the field of medical products for use in dialysis or related processes.
  • Develop experiments in supporting hollow fiber development.
  • Plan, coordinate, direct, track, and execute well-defined, short-term R&D project. Design and conduct experiments and engineering studies to broaden the fundamental understanding of Fiber Membrane production and processes.
  • Provide technical support to other departments.
  • Act as project leader for multiple R&D projects.
  • Responsible for developing scientific technology platforms for company products.
  • Prepare patent disclosures, journal publication submissions, and presentation abstracts. Assist patent lawyers with development of patent documentation.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams on new product development and manufacturing problem-solving efforts.
  • Self-motivated to improve knowledge related to research projects by continuous assessment of current publications.
  • Keep familiar with current scientific technology in fields relating to company products.
  • Contribute to the generation of ideas and potential inventions to be used in new products.


  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from an accredited university, or
  • Master of Science (M.S.) degree from an accredited university, or
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and 5+ years experiences
  • Preferred field of study: Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Material Engineering/Science
  • Desired skills: Matlab, Mathcad, Maple, PLC programming, Autocad, Solidworks, computer modeling, and understanding of membrane technology.
  • Minimum skills: Good communication skills, good computer skills, good understanding of scientific process, and good analytical instrumentation and theory skills


    Fresenius Medical Care-North America-Ogden Operations
    475 West 13th Street
    Ogden, Utah 84404

    Date posted: August 27, 2014

  • University of Alberta

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

    A postdoctoral research position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta to work on multidisciplinary research projects related to development of synthetic materials for advanced water and wastewater treatment. The prospective applicant should hold Ph.D. in materials science or related fields with a strong background in organic chemistry and polymeric synthesis. Candidates with previous experience in separation processes and hands on skills in polymeric membranes synthesis and characterization are particularly encouraged to apply. The applicants should be proficient in English, have a good record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrate ability to work productively and independently. The successful candidate is expected to assist in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and help in writing grant proposals, reports, and manuscript preparation.

    The successful applicant will be also expected to assist in the training and mentoring of graduate students, writing research proposals, and teaching experience can be arranged if desired. A competitive stipend will be awarded commensurate with experience.

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (at the University of Alberta) offer a unique training environment with state of the art infrastructure in both analytical instruments and facilities for advanced oxidation processes. We are honoured to be one of the largest and best-equipped programs in Canada. The University of Alberta is Canada's fourth largest university and is located centrally in Edmonton on the South bank of the North Saskatchewan River. The University was declared the best non-US institution in the world for postdoctoral studies in 2004 by 'The Scientist' magazine. Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and it has more green space than any other major city in North America. The river valley is truly a major asset to the city and the river valley parks (over 28 square miles, or 20 times the size of New York's Central Park) are well utilized in both summer and winter. Edmonton has a population of 880,000 with a cosmopolitan culture and artistic atmosphere. It is also a sports minded city with professional hockey, football, baseball and soccer teams. The university has its own major sports teams. The town of Jasper is about 3.5 hours and Banff is about 4 hours by car from Edmonton. The drive to Jasper is beautiful but is sufficiently far to maintain it in an uncrowded state and thus a paradise for naturalists and back country hikers and skiers.

    Candidates are encouraged to send applications to:
    Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    Professor, NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Water Treatment
    Helmholtz - Alberta Initiative "Theme 5" Lead
    3-093 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility, Environmental Engineering Program
    Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
    University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2W2

    or electronically to

    The application should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-2 reprint(s) of your most significant contributions to research, and contact information of two references. Applications will be accepted and considered immediately.

    Date posted: October 17, 2014

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    University of Arkansas, Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, 3202 Bell Engineering Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201