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  • AEBC-NEWRI, Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow
  • US Department of Energy, Joint Lab Assignment


    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 textile technology. The successful applicant will fabricate and characterize novel carbon nanotube (CNT)-based nanostructured membranes for protective/breathable clothing and gas/vapor separation applications using various analytical techniques, in particular gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The ideal candidate is familiar with fabrication and transport-properties characterization of nanocomposite polymeric membranes, CNT nanocomposite fabrication, and surface modification for enhancing selectivity. The selected candidate will be expected to work independently on defined research projects as well as in multidisciplinary research teams.

    Interested candidates should apply through the website:
    Job posting ID: 13202

    Date posted: July 15, 2015

    AEBC-NEWRI is a Research Centre of Excellence with focuses on development of wastewater treatment and reclamation process. There is a new opportunity for 1 Research Fellow (RF) or Senior RF to join the centre for the project on "Biomimetic Water Desalination Process: Learning from Mangrove". New membrane technologies for water desalination processes have been of national interest to Singapore. The project aims to develop new membrane structure by drawing inspiration from mangrove desalination capability. The project focuses on the basic science of elucidating mangrove root structure and chemical/biological compositions to translating the information to synthesis and fabrication of novel membrane. The multi-institution team leverages on Singapore existing strong infrastructure in both water and membrane research. This appointment will be on a 2 year contractual basis with renewal possibility contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.

    Job Title: Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

    Job Scope:

  • The successful candidate will lead development of new membrane structures for water desalination;
  • The successful candidate will perform synthesis and integration of the mangrove-mimetic structures onto membrane, characterize the synthesized membrane, and analyze the membrane performance;
  • The successful candidate shall need to take on considerable responsibility and initiatives when doing the research work;
  • The successful candidate will mentor 1-2 Ph.D. students, a research assistant, and 1-2 undergraduate students.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to submit the first manuscript within the first year of the start of the project.


  • Ph.D., (Organic) Chemistry/ Materials Science/ related fields with 2-3 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • The candidate should have strong working knowledge on organic synthesis. Working knowledge on polymer/lipid mimicking natural and experience in integrating biological materials to membranes are highly preferred. Organic/lipid synthesis experience in suberin will be an advantage.
  • Working knowledge in membrane characterizations (SEM, TEM, confocal microscopy, water flux determination, salt rejection rate, etc.)
  • Familiarity with proteomics and general plant protein isolation and characterization techniques.
  • Highly motivated and dedicated to the development of the project.
  • Evidence of research independence and track record of first author publications.
  • Excellent laboratory, planning, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to integrate well into a team of researchers with different backgrounds, and the ability to learn new techniques.

    Application Procedures:

    Please attach your full CV, with the names and contacts (including email addresses) of 2 character referees, and all relevant academic certificates. Interested applicants please send your CV, transcripts and one sample publication to and

    Date posted: March 30, 2015

  • US Department of Energy
    Joint Lab Assignment
    National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) / Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
    Pittsburgh, PA / Los Alamos, NM


    A post-doctorate or post-masters researcher is sought with experience in membrane based water separation. NETL is working on the area of producing both fresh water from high salinity brine produced from oil/gas/CO2-storage wells. NETL's Office of Research & Development (ORD) is collaborating with The Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) of the Experimental Physical Sciences (EPS) Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory in order to develop a number of membrane materials, which can be used to generate fresh water from these high salinity brines. The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

    Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with design, synthesis, fabrication, and/or characterization of selective barrier materials (membranes) and/or sorbents;
  • Demonstrated ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, experimental equipment design/development, and a wide range of analytical and mechanical testing techniques;
  • Demonstrated experience with polymerization, polymer modification, and polymer deposition techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team conducting scientific or industrial work; with demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated competency with computers and software applications for word processing, data processing, data collection (e.g., Excel/Origin/IGOR/Matlab/LabVIEW), and data visualization.

    Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with design, synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of selective barrier materials and/or sorbents for gas/vapor separation applications;
  • Demonstrated experience with membrane fabrication (e.g., flat sheet, spiral wound, hollow fiber);
  • Knowledge of the equipment and techniques used in the deposition and analysis of thin films and in the analysis of polymers and ceramics;
  • Demonstrated high-level skills in the design, assembly, maintenance, troubleshooting, and operation of vacuum and high-pressure systems.

    Start date: Between August and November 2015 (depending on citizenship/visa status)

    Location: Los Alamos, NM (1-2 yr) followed by 1-2 yr in Pittsburgh, PA

    Term of employment: Full time; renewable for up to three years in total

    Salary information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; competitive benefits package

    To apply: Please send a letter of application and CV to both Dr. Nicholas Siefert, and Dr. Kathryn Berchtold, Please include a cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Competitive honors; Relevant extracurricular activities; Invited

    Date posted: July 1, 2015

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