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  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ,PhD Position (Doktorarbeit)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ,Group Leader
  • University of Illinois, Chicago ,Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Gas Separations
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ,Postdoctoral Research Staff Member
  • Cumulus Energy Storage, Membrane Scientist/Engineer
  • University of Minnesota, Postdoctoral

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    PhD Position (Doktorarbeit)

    Project
    This PhD project builds on extensive previous research and expertise from within a multidisciplinary research team that spans several continents. We are seeking to address the enormous challenge of there being over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone that have neither access to clean drinking water nor electricity, which dramatically limits both health and possibilities for human development. We are seeking to design, research, and develop photovoltaic-powered membrane filtration systems that are i) small-scale, ii) robust, iii) reliable, and iv) decentralised, which can ultimately be deployed in the remote areas of developing countries. There are many aspects of this project that require in-depth R & D, including:.
  • What are the simplest control strategies to ensure that maximum water quality and quantity are achieved?
  • How can fluctuations in the availability of solar power be taken advantage of to reduce membrane fouling?
  • What are the long-term effects of operating the system from a fluctuating and intermittent energy resource?
  • The PhD project will be largely experimental and will begin with an identification of a set of research questions based on detailed literature survey. Subsequently, development of a research plan and timetable for the 3 year research project, and set-up of required equipment and development of relevant analytical methods will follow. Execution of the research plan through conducting of experiments, sample and data analysis and write up of results for scientific publication are part of the PhD process - a journey to become an independent researcher!
    Throughout the project, there will be multiple opportunities for cooperation with internal and external partners, supervising bachelor and master students, giving oral presentations at conferences, writing high-impact journal articles, as well as sharing your knowledge via teaching.

    Qualifications
    You will most likely already hold a Masters in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in research. Experience with membrane filtration systems (of any scale) is a definite advantage, as well as being comfortable in specifying system components.
    Excellent English language proficiency is essential, German language skills are strongly desired.

    KIT
    KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe. This project bridges Membrane Technology group at the Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG) and the Nanophotonics for Energy group within the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI). The PhD will be registered in the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering.

    Contact
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer
    , Membrane Technology Department, Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26906, Email: Andrea.Iris.Schaefer@kit.edu
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bryce S. Richards, Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Light Technology Institute (LTI), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26562, Email: Bryce.Richards@kit.edu

    Applications
    Please send applications with CV, publication list and your contribution to the publication (if relevant), academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a preliminary research proposal..

    Date posted: November 9, 2016


    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Group Leader

    Project
    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. The focus of the Membrane Technology Department is to develop novel membrane materials, understand transport and fouling phenomena and design new processes for water treatment applications. This entails predominantly pressure driven membrane processes, in particular nanofiltration, while adsorption and electrochemical processes are significant research topics for micropollutant removal and fouling control.
    As a group leader 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 and support the Head of Department in various responsibilities part of a rapidly growing team including new facilities to be opened in 2018.
    Besides commitment to research excellence, this entails the planning and execution of research projects, and writing of funding proposals for both national and international funding agencies (English & German). Cooperation with internal and external partners (including industry), 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 is expected.
    In 2016 a new NanoMembrane initiative has started within the Helmholtz Programme Science and Technology of Nanosystems (STN) with initially 10 interdisciplinary PhD projects. The coordination of this initiative and the operation of a NanoMembrane membrane manufacturing and characterization laboratory are in the responsibility of the Membrane Technology Department and an exciting collaborative opportunity to get involved.
    The position is not bound to a particular project and hence provides excellent possibilities for the career development of a researcher.

    Qualifications
    You will most likely hold a PhD in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent and are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has evidenced interest in research leadership. Experience with membrane filtration systems (of any scale) is a requirement, as well as proven track record in student supervision, research publication and research funding applications. Experience with water treatment process design, polymer material development, analytical chemistry, micropollutant detection and environmental issues will be a good foundation for the position. An outstanding publication and research funding track record are required.
    Excellent English language proficiency is essential, German language skills are strongly desired.

    Contract
    TvOD E14, 100%, initially for 1 year with the possibility to extend.

    KIT
    KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe. This position is in the Membrane Technology group at the Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG) with an affiliation to the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering.

    Contact
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer
    , Membrane Technology Department, Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Tel: +49(0)721-608-26906, Email: Andrea.Iris.Schaefer@kit.edu

    Applications
    Please send applications with CV, publication list and your contribution to the publication, research project list with contribution to the project, academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references, language certificates and a preliminary research plan and vision for the group to Silvia Ratzel (PSE) Silvia.Ratzel@kit.edu by 31 December 2016.

    Date posted: November 9, 2016


    University of Illinois, Chicago
    Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Gas Separations

    A postdoctoral research fellow position is immediately available in the area of gas separation membranes at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois in Chicago. The successful applicant will fabricate and characterize inorganic membranes for CO2 separation applications using various analytical techniques, in particular, single- and mixed gas permeation system, gas chromatography, and scanning electron microscopy. The ideal candidate for the position also should be familiar with fabrications and transport-properties characterizations of inorganic membranes for gas separation. The selected candidate will be expected to work independently on defined research projects as well as in multidisciplinary research teams whose members are from other universities, national laboratories, and private industries.
    Interested candidates should submit a CV, publication list, names and addresses of three references to Prof. Sangil Kim .

    ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES

  • Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or related field with emphasis in Membrane Science and Technology
  • Experience with membrane characterization for gas/vapor separation applications, including permeability and selectivity studies, inorganic materials characterizations, and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM)
  • Experience with ceramic membrane fabrication
  • Demonstrated ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze transport experiments and ceramic membrane fabrication processes.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

    Date posted: November 9, 2016


  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

    The Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (BBTD) of the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of membrane science and technology. The research will focus on the fabrication of responsive carbon nanotube (CNT)-based nanostructured membranes, scale-up, and characterization of their transport properties for protective/breathable clothing and gas/vapor separation applications. The ideal candidate is familiar with analytical techniques such as gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, and in setting-up and operating gas permeation systems. The selected candidate will work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team of scientists and will report to the Biosecurity and Bionanosciences Group Leader.
    Interested candidates should submit a CV, publication list, names and addresses of three references to Dr. Francesco Fornasiero (fornasiero1@llnl.gov).

    For examples of LLNL recent research activities in this area, see the following publication:

  • Bui N., Meshot E. R., Kim S., Peña J., Gibson P.W., Wu K. J., and Fornasiero F. "Ultra-breathable and protective membranes with sub-5 nm CNT pores," Adv. Mater, (2016) in print [http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201600740]

    NOTE: This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of employment offer.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Conduct research in the field of nanoscale materials synthesis, nanocomposite and porous membrane fabrication and characterization.
  • Independently plan, design, execute and analyze experiments for the characterization of gas and liquid transport properties of nanostructured membranes.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Report and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel and participate in collaborative efforts with other national laboratories and industry.

    ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES

  • Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related field with emphasis in Membrane Science and Technology
  • Experience with membrane characterization for breathability and gas/vapor separation applications, including permeability and selectivity studies, pore size distribution determination, and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM)
  • Experience with nanocomposite membrane fabrication and surface modification/ functionalization, as well as assembly on porous supports/backing layers
  • Experience with phase-inversion or related techniques for porous support fabrication
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze transport experiments and nanocomposite fabrication processes.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.

    DESIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES

  • Experience with carbon-nanotube/polymer composite membrane fabrication.
  • Experience with vapor-phase polymer deposition techniques
  • Experience in synthetic chemistry and/or surface modification
  • Experience with fabrics design for protective clothing
  • Experience with experimental equipment design/development

    Date posted: July 25, 2016


  • Cumulus Energy Storage
    Membrane Scientist/Engineer

    Cumulus Energy Storage Ltd: Cumulus is an early stage company developing a patented battery technology for grid-scale energy storage. Our product enables greater use of renewables and provides valuable technical services to the grid. There are many opportunities for advancement in this growing company.

    Job purpose:
    Perform a variety of tests and methods meant to improve working knowledge of Cumulus battery systems. This will include electrochemical, mechanical, electrical, and analytical chemistry methods. In particular this position is focused on membrane separator of the cell. This is a hands on and fast paced position.

    Candidate:
    The ideal candidate will have direct industrial experience with battery and material testing techniques. This should include direct experience with ICP-OES, UV-Vis, FTIR, NMR, and advanced electrochemical testing methods, and basic chemical handling methods.
    Beyond battery experience, a firm understanding of membrane synthesis, characterization, testing, and optimization is necessary. Advanced working knowledge of separation science with a focus on ionic exchange and membranes is necessary. Candidates from other membrane disciplines will also be considered on a case by case basis.
    Specific battery testing knowledge of battery testing systems, cycle performance metrics, and results interpretation. In particular, knowledge of formulation adjustments and multiple battery chemistries would be highly preferred.

    Key responsibilities:

  • Characterize Proprietary Separator Technology
  • Perform Novel Membrane Synthesis
  • Optimize Cell Design According to Preferred Separator Technology
  • Develop Battery and Cell Testing Regimes to Advance Separator Knowledge Base
  • Assist with pilot cell battery assembly

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Live within a 10 mile radius of Oakland, CA
  • Knowledge of Analytical Chemistry Techniques
  • Light IT knowledge
  • Skilled at Mechanical Assembly Tasks
  • Grant Writing Experience a major plus

    Qualifications:
    3+ years direct industry experience with Graduate Degree, MS or PhD
    Or equivalent experience will be considered
    Benefits: Competitive Benefits Packages

    Please Send Cover Letter and Resume in PDF Format
    Seeming Liang
    Office Manager
    Seeming.liang@cumulusenergystorage.com

    Cumulus Energy Storage
    2220 Livingston St. Ste. 200
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Phone: 510-374-4593

    Date posted: June 21, 2016


  • University of Minnesota
    Postdoctoral Position in Membranes

    A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, to work in collaboration with Professor Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón (sromerov@umn.edu, http://epclab.umn.edu/).

    The successful candidate will work on a project that seeks to develop low-fouling membrane materials and processes for the removal of invasive microbial species from ballast water. The goal is to optimize the membrane surface chemistry and filtration module design. Duties will include membrane development and fabrication, lab-scale module design, and pilot plant design and testing.

    Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science, or a related field. Experience with polymer films, membrane fabrication and characterization, and microbiology is a requirement. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required along with strong report and publication preparation skills. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of an additional year contingent upon satisfactory progress. Please upload a complete CV, the contact information of at least 3 references, and a letter describing how your background and qualifications are related to the advertised position to http://tinyurl.com/zhnvvml. The position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

    Date posted: June 16, 2016




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